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“My dad was the greatest person that I knew. He exemplified what strength was and showed me what a true man should be in terms of treating women with respect.”
“My dad was the greatest person that I knew. He exemplified what strength was and showed me what a true man should be in terms of treating women with respect.”
Bashiera Parker

Discipline, support, love. 

We spoke to South African men about what it means and what it takes to be a good dad. We asked them about the dads they remember, and the ones they’ll become. This is what they said... 


“My dad was an icon in my life.” – Ricardo 


“He exemplified what strength was and showed me what a true man should be in terms of treating women with respect.” – Athenkosi 


“I remember this once when we thought he had a heart attack. And for the first time he reached out and grabbed my hand and said, ‘You know what, I’m just going to be here, so don’t worry.’ My dad taught me to be a fighter.” – Chris 


“Everything that I know is because of him. Without my dad, I wouldn’t be who I am today.” – Keanu 


Being a good dad means teaching your children discipline, giving them the support and love they need, but more than anything, simply being present. 

So this father’s day, to quote the wise Theodor Seuss Geisel, today and every other day, behave as if this is the day you will be remembered. 

Happy father’s day to all the amazing dads out there.

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