Thandie MaiTwo Phakati and her twins.

For the month of February, IOL is inviting our readers to tell us who they love and why to stand a chance of winning amazing prizes in our #MyHeart competition.

Our next winner is Thandie MaiTwo Phakati, who submitted the following entry:

The people that I love the most are my twin sons. 

From the time I got pregnant, I have been alone with my family far away. 

As for their dad, his on and off appearance doesn't cut it. Now that he has completely abandoned them, I do not even have the slightest hope of any form of a relationship with him. I would fool myself thinking we had something going on but dololo. 

Now with all the hardships that the twins and I have experienced including being homeless, them not being in school for a year and sometimes not even having a crumb of food in the house, I have gotten to appreciate and love the twins more. 

They're my centre of focus, reason for breathing and my all also because I'm all that they have. 

I will stop at nothing to always make sure that they feel my love more than anything else in this world. 

They make me proud, they have endured so much hardship at the tender age of 6 and are still very grateful and full of energy.

How to enter our #MyHeart competition:

Tell us who you love and why. The IOL team is passionate about news for the heart of South Africa and we want to hear about who holds your heart. Whether it's the love of your life, your BFF, your cat, your mom, your boss or your second-removed cousin on your grandmother's side, we want to know why you appreciate them so much.

If you are our pick for the best story of the day, you will win one of our amazing prizes and be entered into the grand prize draw.

So send an email to [email protected] telling us your #MyHeart story.

You can also DM us on Facebook or Twitter, or tag us on Instagram.

Or download our app on Android or IOS and use our MOJO feature to send us your entry.

TIP: The more words the better, and if you have pics and videos, you can send that too. 

The competition runs from February 1 to 28.

Winners will be notified by March 1.

Winners will be notified by email or phone, so please send us your contact details with your entry.

Competition Rules:

Selected story entries, pictures and videos will be published on iol.co.za and our social media pages. The winners' names will be published on our website and social media pages.

Your privacy is important to us. When you enter a competition with us, we ask for your name, email address and mobile number. We use email addresses to notify winners to let them know they have won a prize. We use the mobile numbers provided in order to contact the winner and for prize delivery.

The competition is only open to people residing in South Africa.

Employees of Independent Media, the sponsors & their agents, or any company associated with the competition & their immediate families are not eligible to enter. • Prizes are not redeemable for cash. •  The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. •  Receipt of entries will not be acknowledged. • The entrant accepts that entry to the competition does not constitute a contract or any form of legal commitment between the entrant and IOL.