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Hard work, perseverance and dedication are the three appropriate words to describe Beka Ntsanwisi.
She is the winner of the 2008 National Soul Woman of the Year Award.
After years of dedication and hard work, Ntsanwisi outclassed eight other women from eight provinces on Saturday to snatch the coveted award.
The glittering event at Zoo Lake Restaurant in Johannesburg, honoured women who committed themselves to change the lives of the less fortunate for the better.
The competition showcased women who helped their communities overcome and tackle poverty, illiteracy, skills shortage and underdeve- lopment.
Ntsanwisi, 40, a mother of one, is a presenter for Munghana Lonene FM in Polokwane. Her community involvement started in the early 1980s when she helped orphaned children in Nkowankowa near Tzaneen to register for social grants.
In 1990 she started a soccer club for grannies of not less than 50 years in Tzaneen, built houses for those who had no shelter, secured bursaries for young people who performed well in matric, formed a cancer care group that runs outreach educational programmes, and provided wheelchairs for more than 100 disabled people.
Ntsanwisi walked away with a certificate as the best hard-working woman in the country, jewellery worth R300, toiletries and perfume worth R5000 and a R2000 cash prize. She can also advertise in a magazine of her choice to the tune of R15000.
"It is my job to put a smile on the faces of disillusioned people and to help those in need.
"It is also my job to change the lives of the poor and the less fortunate for the better."
In April she was granted the Order of the Baobab by President Thabo Mbeki.