EDITORIAL | A better economy means better fathers — and it needs ...

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EDITORIAL | A better economy means better fathers — and it needs to happen

Poverty has bred a crisis of fatherhood in SA, a UCT study has found

Editorial

The impact of our country’s racial wealth gap has profound implications on South African families, a recent survey found, making it increasingly vital that these inequalities are addressed.

South Africans will be well-versed in the idea of absent fathers who dodge family responsibilities, be they financial, physical or emotional. And while such fathers certainly exist, a recent study has painted a picture of many men who avoid making contact with their children and families “when they are not able to send financial support”.

The recently released State of South Africa’s Fathers 2021 report found that many men defined fatherhood as based purely on providing financially — even if that meant not being “engaged and nurturing fathers”...

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