The Good Provider

Director: Barry Berk
Writers: Jacqui L’Ange and Michèle Rowe
Director of Photography: Mike Downie
Editor: Megan Gill
Languages: This film was shot in Setswana, English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa


HARD work is everything to Solomon Sithole. It gives him an identity, providing him with self-esteem and a purpose. But Solomon’s sense of identity is challenged when the printing house at which he works closes due to managerial negligence. Too proud to confess his unemployment to his wife, Thabi, and son, Jabu, Solomon takes on manual piece jobs. His deception leads to relations at home becoming strained, with Solomon’s wife suspecting an affair because of her husband’s caginess. Jabu, also suspicious of his father’s behaviour, follows him to work one day – and discovers the truth. Unable to deal with the fact that his son is aware his plight, a shamed Solomon refuses to return home. Jabu, a promising student and accomplished chess player, is hurt and betrayed. For Jabu the money Solomon sends home is no replacement for the father he’s lost. Falling into bad company, Jabu is arrested for peddling drugs. Thabi, desperate to save her son, gives Solomon an ultimatum; reassess your values or lose your family forever.


Patrick Mofokeng – Solomon Sithole
Patrick Mofokeng said acting in “The Good Provider” was “mind-blowing”. “I love the way the movie has been done. South Africans should take responsibility for taking charge of their daily lives and always being in control of their emotions.

Nthathi Moshesh – Lindiwe Sithole
Nthathi Moshesh believes the youth especially will benefit from the Heartlines project.

Junior Singo – Jabu Sithole

Zakhele Stanley Mabasa – Sipho
Mabasa says “The Good Provider” will teach the youth much. “The Good Provider does not only focus on reality, but also has an impact on the rest of the world.”

Septula Sebogodi – Sithole’s Neighbour
Sebogodi says as Heartlines is long overdue as it will teach South Africans to value life. “South Africa is still going through a healing stage, but things have definitely changed. The term Rainbow Nation only started making sense to me recently when I realised my white next-door neighbour was happy to be part of the country. People have learned to be more tolerant of each other and the changes you see daily in South Africa, show us that we are doing something right as a nation.”


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