Speaking at the Royal House International Church in Tembisa, Siphiwe Tshabalala shared some wisdom about fatherhood with the community members.
By: Blacklight Writer
“Love your children,” said Siphiwe to young and first time fathers.
“Before we become role models to them, you must first be role models to your own children. Love begins at home.”
The Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana midfielder was a guest speaker at the JOHNSON’s Baby Health Skin Project, in Partnership with Unjani Clinic, which was commemorating “International Albinism Awareness Day” along with “Father’s Day”, on 15 June.
The soccer legend married beauty queen Bokang Montjane and they welcomed their son Owethu in 2015. He relayed his experience of being a first time father and described himself as a hands-on dad.
“I was the first one to wash my baby and I know all the baby products,” he shared.
“I was a father even before I had my son because I have many young men looking up to me. “
Siphiwe further urged young men to work hard so they can raise better men.
“You don’t have to have money to be a good father. It takes energy, love, making time for your kids and being your child’s hero.
“If you grew up “okay”, make sure it doubles with your children. Even if your children don’t get to go to private schools; make sure they know love and have proper values and principles,” he added.
Speaking to Blacklight, Siphiwe says he chooses to use his voice to inspire fathers because fatherhood is a gift.
“I’m a role model – I inspire and give hope to millions of people through my talent therefore it is my responsibility to preach that being a father is not a burden but a gift from God.
“You don’t have to have money to be a good father. It takes energy, love, making time for your kids and being their hero,” he explains.
The soccer star hopes to teach his children “to love and respect people regardless of their background, to be God fearing and appreciate every blessing they receive.”
For more info on the Johnson’s Baby Health Skin Project go to: Johnsonsbaby.co.za