International Men’s Day

Fathers’ Network’s new patron will be introduced during a breakfast event on 19 November 2018 at SAVF in Pretoria. Bheki Langa of Bhekanani is a businessman and owner of the Tshwane Gospel Choir.

He has been building a legacy of being a mentor and father figure to many young, fatherless people. His appointment on this specific date is appropriate, since the theme of International Men’s Day 2018 is Positive Male Role models.

Another reason for celebration is the recent release of “The Guide to Restoration from Father-Pain.” It consists of 33 videos in which 7 Fathers’ Network Members guide the fatherless, mentors and professionals in the process of restoration. Find the guide on and

International Men’s Day has been celebrated since 1992 and is done so in over 70 countries world-wide. Together with millions of people, we’d like to celebrate the good, positive men and fathers in South Africa! The men and women in Fathers’ Network all over South Africa are passionate about empowering men to be good fathers and role models.

Fathers’ Network identified the following aspects of work regarding father absence and its respective members are involved in one or more of these matters:

  • Awareness of the importance of father involvement
  • Fatherhood Skills
  • Enabling change in gate-keeping by mothers
  • Empowering decision makers to enable father involvement
  • Restoration through therapy, counselling and life coaching
  • Mentor-ship
  • True masculinity
  • Change in policies
  • Addressing the effects of father absence such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal activities, teenage pregnancies
  • Strengthening of families

In Bheki Langa’s words: “It is time that good news such as this is given priority in our media.” The work of Network members, including our new patron, appeals to the challenges and pain every person is confronted with every day.

You as the media are invited to attend this event. Contact Erna Rheeder, or 084 3839 417.