Opinion: It's hard to be a good father in SA

Research gathered over the last five years by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the South African Race Relations Institute (SARRI) found that 60% of South African children have absent fathers and more than 40% of mothers in the country are single parents.

Stephen Grootes reflects on the importance of father-child relationships, notwithstanding the challenges brought about by the migrant labor system which has given most father's no choice in their involvement with their kids.

It seems that men won't play the role that they should, there is a long term culture here of men having to go off and work and these things are generational as well. If you only saw your father for three weeks of the year over December you are unlikely to know simply what to do when bringing up your own children.

Stephen Grootes, 702 anchor

There is strong evidence that the more paternity leave you are able to take the more involved you will be with your children as they grow up.

Stephen Grootes, 702 anchor

I hope that this is changing, that more men are closer to their children than their fathers were. It's hard to be a good father, but to have a close relationship with your children, nothing on earth can make you feel better than that.

Stephen Grootes, 702 anchor

Listen to why Stephen says this conversation must be taken further....


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