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A Heartlines project to support the positive role of men in the lives of children.
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Heartlines is excited to announce that our Fathers Matter film series is officially in production.

The six Heartlines Fathers Matter films will be aired weekly on SABC2 at 6:30pm every Saturday, starting from 17 September 2022.

So what is Fathers Matter all about? Watch the video below to find out more.


'I thought I could get through to my child by beating her up'

Peer pressure, unemployment and generational methods of discipline have led to frustrated fathers in Alex seeking new ways of parenting.

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Is paying pap geld, being an ATM and having material wealth the only way to be a good father in South Africa?

A meeting of dads at Riverbank Primary School unlocked a debate that set out to change the hearts of men.

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Meet the director of one of Heartlines' new films

Meet Rea Rangaka, the director of the first film in Heartlines' new Fathers Matter film series. Rea has extensive experience as a director and co-producer in South Africa and the USA, and has won a number of local and international awards for his work.

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Lereko Mfono

Creating social spaces for dads to connect with their children

A food truck in Johannesburg is creating a unique space for fathers to spend time with their children and connect with other fathers. 

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Reforming the idea of fatherhood

A group of men at a correctional services facility in Paarl, in the Western Cape, is exploring ways they can be different fathers to the ones they had growing up and how they can be present and positively involved in their children's lives. 

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The Fathers Matter team is growing

Lereko Mfono and Nkosinathi Sixabayi joined Heartlines’ Fathers Matter project at the beginning of November. Lereko in the role of Project Coordinator, and Nkosinathi as the Church Lead for Fathers Matter.

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