Fiercely independent, Diphetlho Masemola has always had a passion for the built environment. Initially wanting to study interior design, she believes there is no substitute for hard work. “I was raised by a single mother,” she says. “I’d sell sweets in primary school rather than ask my mother for money. After I matriculated from Florapark Comprehensive High School in Polokwane, I found myself in Pretoria, commuting from home to the Tshwane University of Technology. After graduating, I went back to Polokwane and worked as trainee for a year.