If you're anything like me and gazillions of other people you'll have spent huge portions of your life working through your daddy issues.
Thankfully I've eventually
managed to come to terms with mine. I won't go into the grisly details of what the process involved because it included loads of over-the-counter self medication, including masses of cigarette's a day. Thankfully the torture's over and I'm now able to look at the world through new smoke-free eyes and freedom.
SABC1's premiering a new docu-reality show called Daddy 24/7 that explores a different side of fatherhood - fathers who haven't disappeared or disappointed. Instead they're so dedicated they're prepared to move in together to prove they have what it takes to be a single parent.
The series debuts on Saturday, 18 February at 17h30 and follows four fathers who move into a complex with their kids and go through the challenges of raising them. Word from the channel is that the show aims to explore the question: what makes a good father?
Here's more about it from the release, with news on who the four fathers are:
Four young fathers and their toddlers are taken and placed together in a residential complex outside their comfort worlds, where they are presented with the challenges of nurturing their children.
These dads have to defy the longstanding stereotypes. They have to cope with highly charged and inquisitive toddlers and live with the reality of being primary parents and care-givers.
The show showcases compelling and revealing stories that look at the difficulties and textures of fatherhood in the modern world as more fathers respond to their innate calling and role of being both parents and participants in the rearing of their children.
Each week the show despicts the rearing of the toddlers through the eyes of their dads - their struggles and achievements, angst and joys. At the end of the series one father will emerge with the ultimate prize of R100 000, to be used towards the educational needs of his child.
Daddy 24/7 complex:
The fathers live together with their children at an isolated environment away from their natural homes where they are challenged for 30 days with child rearing tasks.
The complex is equipped with all the latest amenities needed to raise a child. The complex is child friendly and away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The dad's come from different backgrounds, all over Mzansi. They're aged 25 - 35 years and are first-time fathers.
The dads and their children are:
Mzukisi Taliwe (32): Mining Control Room Operator
His child: Ngcwele (4)
Thabang Masahabela (30): General Maintenance Worker
His child: Lethabo (3)
Ronald Tshabalala (28): Boiler Maker
His child: Natashia (4)
Siphiwe Mika (25): IT Technical Support
His child: Musa (4)
The show's hosted by Nosiphiwo Matlabane, a qualified Occupational Therapist. She serves as the agent in the show. She is the ‘no nonsense agent’ whose best interest is always of the child.
The agent’s role in the show is to give child friendly, yet entertaining tasks to the dads. She also evaluates and provides relevant tips to assist them.