Stories

Breaking down generational narratives of masculinity

Meet Eric Mogale, the director of Manskap, one of the six films in Heartlines’ Fathers Matter Film Series. Eric has worked as a creative director, director and producer for a number of well-known South African productions.

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'We all need to be engaged in the act of raising children'

Zamo Mkhwanazi is an experienced filmmaker who has worked on television shows, short films and feature films. She shares her thoughts on being a director in the Fathers Matter film series and why she thinks South Africa needs to be talking about the realities of fatherhood.

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Fathers Matter hosts its first in-person networking event

With COVID-19 restrictions now lifted, Fathers Matter was able to host its first in-person networking event in Rosebank, Johannesburg on 28 July 2022. Find out what the event was all about.

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'A story with a heart is worth seeing'

Twiggy Matiwana is an award-winning director with an innate curiosity and love for storytelling and film. She embraced the opportunity to direct one of the new Heartlines Fathers Matter films because she felt it was an important story to tell.

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Ayanda Sitole

'Men must also turn against other men if they are violent'

Fathers in Daveyton united over the need to address gender-based violence and show up for the women and children in their community.

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Ayanda Sitole

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 one of the films 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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'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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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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Lereko Mfono

Amatyma Financial Wellness Conference

On 20 November 2021, Fathers Matter Project Coordinator Lereko Mfono attended the Amatyma Financial Wellness Conference. He shares what he learnt from the event.

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