One man fights for all fathers

A father’s battle to get the issue of paternity leave on the agenda in Parliament may be heading to the Constitutional Court, depending on the presidency’s response. On May 22, Hendri Terblanche, frustrated by the silence of Parliament’s select committee on petitions and executive undertakings, wrote to President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa…

Why do we still have to justify the choice to be child-free?

They’re emotionally and physically exhausting, they’re hugely expensive and they are the biggest curtailment of your personal freedom after prison: objectively, it makes next to no sense to have children. Sure, the instinctive drive to perpetuate the human species, blah-di-blah, but since it feels like the only conversation I’ve had with friends for the past…

‘Another broken home’

I bristled again the other day at a phrase I think we need to expunge from our vocabularies. I was talking to an elderly relative about a mutual friend who’s recently been divorced and has three small children. “Ah,” said my relative, shaking her head disapprovingly. “Another broken home.” It’s a phrase that goes with…