Father’s Day calls for the celebration and acknowledgement of fathers across all borders of the country. In this episode of the Health For Mzansi podcast, we explore how fatherhood is experienced as a single parent.
This might be a different take and the percentage of single single parenting fathers might be in the minority. However, Siyabonga Khanye emphasises that the role of fatherhood, though not as part of a nucleus family, has brought great joy and fulfilment to his life.
Khanye, currently based in Johannesburg, admits that single parenting presented its own challenges, especially when he found himself unemployed and still had to provide for his daughter. This, with the added responsibility of providing financial support to his parental home as well.
Another evident change can be seen in the landscape of one’s social life. Priorities take a shift from self to the needs and concerns of one’s child or children. As a result, the social scene for Khanye has had to take a back seat for him to be fully present and be the best father that he strives to be.
However, even super dads need a break now and then, admits Khanye. This is where family and friends are key role players as a support system, making the trying times, tight schedules, and financial strains a little easier to manage.
In the podcast, Khanye also:
- Pays tribute to single fathers and urges them to continue trying and not letting fear overwhelm them.
- Talks about a support structure for single fathers.
Listen to the full interview on the Health For Mzansi podcast:
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