What role (if any) did your father play in your life?

The notion that black fathers are absent in their children's lives is being challenged as more men redefine what fatherhood means in an evolving society.

With 702/Cape Talk's Eusebius McKaiser asked callers to share their stories (good and bad) on whether black fathers are indeed absent or if it's just a myth.

We were brought up in a home where both parents are available and still are. My father is in his mid-70's and he takes care of my kids while I'm at work.

Ruth, caller in Joburg

This is what veteran journalist, Lukhanyo Calata, had to say about his experience of being present as a father to his four-year-old son. His father, Fort Calata, was assassinated when he was the same age his son is right now.

Because my father wasn't there for me in that way, I want to be there for my son as much as I can. I get to live out the things I never got to do with my dad.

Lukhanyo Calata, veteran journalist

Another caller, Thomas, decided to work from home and ensure that his two sons are attended to as his wife leaves early for work.

He highlighted that the notion of absent fathers dates back to entrenched ideas of patriarchal manhood, which often dictates that nurturing should be left to women.

It's part of the evolution of the black man so to speak. We are learning to be more emotionally available.

Thomas, caller in Cape Town

702/Cape Talk digital producer, Omogolo Taunyane, shared how her hostile relationship with her father grew into them being good friends.

All I wanted was an apology from my dad. Divorces are quite traumatic, what happens afterwards often shapes your ideas on relationships... He's my best friend now.

Omogolo, 702 producer

This is what Cape Talk's on-air personality, Koketso Sachane, had to say about fatherhood as a black man.

Listen to the full conversation below:


Read More
Breaking the cycle of absent fathers in children's lives

Breaking the cycle of absent fathers in children's lives

Research shows that South Africa's high rate of absent fathers has negative consequences for children who grow up without a dad.

Dad bloggers help first time fathers cope with daddy blues

Dad bloggers help first time fathers cope with daddy blues

Pippa Hudson chats to two dads who each started a blog to help other dads deal with challenges of having a newborn baby.

What you need to know when dating a single father

What you need to know when dating a single father

Graphic designer Vus Ngxande says dating as a single father is not the nightmare that many perceive it to be.

Absent fathers vs fathers denied child access

Absent fathers vs fathers denied child access

Africa Melane chat to Alan Hosking talks about the impact an absent father can have on children.

Dear Daddy: Here's how you can help build society

Dear Daddy: Here's how you can help build society

Koketso Sachane explores the important role of fathers and men in building a nation, particularly in light of taking responsibility and protecting.

SA’s ‘baby step’ to paternity leave

SA’s ‘baby step’ to paternity leave

A Cape Town father’s campaign for fathers to spend more time with their newborns is one step closer to becoming law.

Popular articles
South Africans Doing Great Things |  Nkosinathi Nkomo

South Africans Doing Great Things | Nkosinathi Nkomo

Wasanga speaks to Co-founder of AquaRenu, Nkosinathi Nkomo about turning a problem into an opportunity.

Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi opens up about his thesis

Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi opens up about his thesis

Ndlozi explains the significance of the the first chapter of his thesis: 'Trauma in the archives'.

German prosecutors probing Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste (for accounting fraud)

German prosecutors probing Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste (for accounting fraud)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Steinhoff International Chairperson Christo Wiese.

Is it normal to have a curved penis? Dr Shingai explains

Is it normal to have a curved penis? Dr Shingai explains

Urologist Dr Shingai Mutambirwa says penile curvature is only a concern if it impedes a man's ability to have penetrative sex.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

Meet Shoprite’s Christo Wiese, ruler of retail (and 3rd richest African)

Meet Shoprite’s Christo Wiese, ruler of retail (and 3rd richest African)

Bruce Whitfield interviews the remarkable Wiese (net worth R100 billion!) about how it all began and where it’s going.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?