The proportion of South African children with absent fathers increased between 1996 and 2010 from 42% to 47%. This means almost half of all South African children are growing up without their fathers, although their fathers are alive.
This issue is often underpinned by men’s failure to exercise the values of responsibility, selflessness, integrity and love with regard to their children. Given the fact that these and other social problems correlate more strongly with father absence than with any other factor, surpassing race, social class and poverty, father absence may well be the most critical social issue of our time
Our aim is to develop an intervention over the next 3-5 years that encourages men to be better fathers to their own children as well as to be father figures to other children.