Is it tough being a single father?
Kholekile Batshise via SMS Being a single father does not bother me at all. I am the father of a 24-year-old young man and a 19year-old daughter. Their mother passed away in 2009. They were still young, but I never struggled because it is my responsibility to give them parental support. Even now, we still do things together. I listen to their views when they raise them. I thank God that they never gave me problems as far as discipline is concerned. Tsiu via SMS My son Tshitso is 18 years old and was home-schooled until December last year. I have been a primary parent since April 2011. Most friends became acquaintances as I assumed more responsibility. I was a moderate social drinker before then and converted to being a non-drinker. Fortunately, I had been a committed non-smoker for years before his birth. These traits helped me to be, hopefully, a good role model for him. When he turned 18, I introduced him to alcohol and smoking officially, but he declined the offer. My late father made the same offer to me at almost the same age. The experiment lasted for less than a year as I saw no benefits from those habits. The disadvantage of home-schooling is that socialising for him is almost zero. I now have the task of gradually introducing him to the opposite sex. He is an Ebionite Nazirene, a vegetarian and keeps the spiritual laws. Single fatherhood is ok! Richard Gauteng I have been a single parent to my daughter Lisa since she was two years old and now she is 10 years old. Being a single parent has brought a lot of self-discipline and maturity into my life. I’m happy and so grateful that God gave me a close friend and an angel in my life. To all fathers out there, you must always be there for your children to give them support, teach them and show them love. Every man can be a father, but it takes a special man to be a dad. Dan Bruwer Gauteng It is extremely hard but very rewarding. I am my seven-year-old son’s hero but spend many sleepless nights as a 52-year-old Caucasian unemployed male. My son is of mixed race, but when I apply at the SA Social Security Agency they deny me. I had a successful interview at Transnet only to be called back later and told they have a mandate not to employ white males. I’m often suicidal, but who will take care of my son when I am not there? I believe that the senior cabal of Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers and Albie Morkel has become beholden to Indian interests, given the extreme pay they get from the Indian Premier League (IPL) and related endorsements. Then, when they are needed to roll over, they do so. In the case of the June 11 match, India needed to progress from Pool B, and South Africa was forced to comply. Three run-outs, two thrown wickets.
John Penny Gauteng
Get rid of arrogant players such as AB de Villiers.
Stacey Naidoo Gauteng
The Proteas as a team lack self-belief and commitment. When it comes to knockout games, they panic. They have the talent and the potential. Choking is a psychological problem. Get a good sport psychologist as well as a coach to instil belief in them. The Proteas give up too easily because of psychological issues.