The best part of being a father is…

With the month of June being dedicated to all the doting dads out there, we asked some of SA’s well-known personalities to share with us the what they consider the best part of being a father is. By Tammy Jacks


From pilots and professional rugby players to radio and television presenters and world-renowned trail runners, as busy as some of these fathers are, they all admit that the best part of their day is spending time with their children.

Here’s some of their favourite moments…

“The best part of being a father is, absolutely everything! The way my 20-month old daughter runs to me when she sees me at the end of the day, to the way she asks me, in her own little language, to read her a story, and how she takes my hand before walking anywhere melts my heart. Also, the fact that I know, without a doubt, that I mean the world to her.”

Hendrick Snyman, wine maker for Carrol Boyes

Hendrick Snyman

“I love going on adventures with my nine-month old son Max and showing him the world. It’s so cool to see his reactions to the simple things we take for granted on a daily basis. We’re currently travelling in the United States. and it’s just so awesome to show Max snow for the first time. It feels like I’m a child again sharing all these special experiences with him.”

Ryan Sandes, local and international trail runner and author

Ryan Sandes

“The experience of my sons growing up and seeing them develop their own unique personalities is fulfilling in itself, but the best bit is probably when they (without prompting) run up to me and give me a hug and tell me that they love me.”

Rowan Eva, business director at Ogilvy & Mather South Africa

Rowan Eva

“For me, the best part about being a father is being present every day and witnessing these little souls grow up. I adore how they look up to you for love and protection, and how part of that protection is to let them grow within their own space and find themselves. This means allowing your child to learn on their own, while you stand by them, hold their hand and provide the structure and support they need.”

Matt Finch, business and operations manager for local homeware brand Love Milo

Matt Finch

“The thing I love most about being a father is knowing that I have the chance to affect the future by raising my two little boys to be amazing human beings. It’s a responsibility, for sure, but it’s exciting to know that I can help my kids become people who make a positive difference in the world.”

Terence Mentor, AKA AfroDaddy

Terence Mentor

  “I love being able to spend valuable time with my son and baby daughter, who make me feel like I’m living in a dream world where everything is perfect. They’re such a blessing to me and my love for them is unconditional. My children make my world perfect!”

Lionel Mapoe, professional rugby player

Lionel Mapoe

 “I’m so excited about becoming a father this month, and am looking forward to feeling this paternal love that all my friends with kids have told me about. They say it’s indescribable and I can’t wait to experience it first-hand.”

DJ Sox, radio host and international DJ

DJ Sox

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“Being a dad to my daughters makes me feel like I’m their hero. Since they’ve grown into beautiful young women, our bond has grown even stronger. They still come to me for guidance and support and my role has changed from hero to adviser. I couldn’t be prouder of my girls.”

Ian Fortuin, deputy director: Technical Services, head of Engineering at Tygerberg Hospital

Ian Fortuin

“With my older children, Sigal (38) and Roni (34), I enjoy seeing how they’ve grown into responsible adults and witnessing their many achievements. And of course, there’s also the absolute excitement of my four-year old, who is so exuberant and happy to see me when I get home – it makes my day.”

Samuel Nassimov, managing director at Premier Hotels & Resorts

Samuel Nassimov

“The best part of being a father is seeing the joy in my daughter’s eyes when she is happy. It is also the opportunity to mould and influence her positively and seeing the results.”

Chad Saaiman, Cape Town-based singer, songwriter and recording artist

Chad Saaiman

“The best (and sometimes most embarrassing) part of being a father is catching my kids imitate me. I get to see the best and most random parts of me through them – the consummation of unconditional love and unconditional laughter!”

Mpho Osei-Tutu, actor, screenwriter, director and producer

Tutu Family

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