NKOWANKOWA – After 25 years at SABC Radio Mughana Lonene FM, Mama Beka Ntsan’wisi hanged up her headphones today, she joined the SABC in 1996 as a librarian assistant and progressed to become a radio Presenter.
Besides her work in the media industry, she is a philanthropist and motivational speaker. A woman who stands to support communities. She established programs to uplift communities and help the needy through the Mama Beka Foundation.
Born Rebecca Beka Ntsan’wisi was born in 1968 at Nkowankowa Township in Greater Tzaneen Municipality. Born to a father who was an educator and school inspector, Ntsan’wisi believed in the power of acquiring knowledge. She started her education at Nkowankowa Primary School and matriculated at Hudson Ntsan’wisi High School, which was named after her father – a man who had contributed to the improvement of the community. She went on to study music at the University of Venda.
Ntsan’wisi, who is aptly known in Limpopo as “Mother Theresa”, has done a lot for the poor and poverty-stricken community of this region. She has advanced colon cancer but this has not stopped her from serving the community. Together with the Department of Health, she has formed a support group to help those who are suffering from cancer and to dispel the myths of witchcraft which are prevalent in some of the communities.
She works with people from deep rural areas, promoting healthy living and education. She started Vakhegula Vakhegula soccer team when she was doing home-base care programme in 2007.Is a group of elderly women who are flying the Tzaneen flag high with their outstanding achievements in the sport. In 2010 the group went to the United States of America to meet, President Barack Obama, they also went to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Currently, there are students from these rural areas realizing their dreams at the universities of Witwatersrand and Limpopo, thanks to her assistance.
When Ntsan’wisi joined the SABC in 1996, she was employed as a librarian assistant. The management realized she had the potential to become a good presenter who would be a bridge between the listeners and the station. She was then tasked with the responsibility of heading the station’s social responsibility programme. Despite her chronic illness, Ntsan’wisi has proved to be a live-wire, finding solace in helping the sick and the needy through her popular programme.
As a radio presenter she is able to talk to many listeners who phone in to discuss their problems. She then contacts the business community or health institutions for help. Among her many achievements was her assistance to the Mozambique community in Giyani to bury a fellow Mozambican whose body had spent six months in the mortuary due to penury. She was also instrumental in building houses for women in Mariveni and Dan Village.
She initiated a number of developments in rural areas to assist local communities and has opened an office in Polokwane for youth development initiatives.
From 2002 up to 2006, she won the Black Management Forum Limpopo Woman of Excellence Award. She also won the Limpopo Achiever’s Award in 2005 and the Premier’s Award in 2006. In June 2006, the Nkowakowa branch of the South African National Civic Organization honoured her for all the activities in which she is engaged to assist the helpless.
A woman of courage and unsurpassed love for people, Rebecca Beka Ntsan’wisi is a role-model and community-builder with total dedication to the upliftment of impoverished people. She is an inspirational and selfless human being with a passion for the upliftment of others. Her courage in the face of advanced cancer makes her stand out as one of the rare human beings who live for an idea that will never die.
Ntsan’wisi has one daughter, Nkhensani, and lives in Seshego in Polokwane. As she retires, we would like to acknowledge her work. We recognize and honour you Mama Beka.