- 4 friends in Nelson Mandela Bay are also dads
- They have started an awareness campaign on the impact of absent fathers
- They hope to inspire fathers to take responsibility for their children
Four friends, who also happen to be new dads, have started an awareness campaign in the Nelson Mandela Bay on the impact of absent fathers in the community.
Bantu Mtshiselwa, Sebenzile Zalabe, Sizwe ‘Slyso’ Saliso, and Luvuyo ‘Star’ Nyembezi launched the #Blackfathersstandupza campaign in early April, Briefly.co.za learned.
They received donations from the public, which they handed over to mothers at Dora Nginza Hospital.
The friends, who are all in the radio entertainment business, are on a mission to inspire absent fathers to take responsibility for their children.
Bantu, who has a six-month-old son, told Herald Live:
I was raised by strong women who made me the man I am today because I grew up without a father present in my life.
I became a father to a beautiful, happy and friendly baby boy who made me reflect on my own relationship that I never had with my father as a young boy and that is when I made a vow to be there for my son, always.
Luvuyo is a proud dad to a 10-month-old son. He echoed Bantu's sentiments:
We want to spark and ignite conversations among men. We need to call each other out because we cannot continue having men who drive nice cars and wear nice clothes, yet are not making any contribution towards their children.
He added that present and active fathers are powerful role models to their kids, and black men should therefore be responsible.
Bantu is currently studying in Germany and is a former DJ at Bay FM, while Luvuyo is a production engineer at Algoa FM.
Sebenzile and Sizwe are also DJs at Bay FM and Umhlobo Wenene FM respectively.
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