The most adorable dads on DStv


They may act up a storm on our screens, but behind the scenes, these men like nothing better than to play the role they’re best at – being a father.

What to Watch on Father’s day

Dads stand tall because DStv is honouring all fathers on their special day. And we mean all dads – that means dads, step-dads, grandads, dad-figures, uncles who babysit and even dads of four-legged furry children!

It’s about the fathers who play dress-up with their toddlers, who patch punctures, pack lunches, stick plasters (with a kiss of course), help with projects and read bedtime stories. We’re talking to the fathers who watch sport with their little ones and survive chick-flicks with their teens, and scream the loudest on the side-lines during that netball or soccer game. #NoJudgementDad – it’s your day and you can do it your way. We’ve got you, we support you.

And who better to celebrate this special day for dads with us than some of DStv’s favourite fathers? Here they share their experiences of the most important job they’ve ever done.

Ricky Rick; Father, Musician and Coach on The Voice on M-Net

Watch The Voice on Sundays on M-Net (101) at 17:30
Available on Catch Up and DStv Now

Presley Chweneyagae (Cobra) from The River on 1Magic has two sons, Preston and Siya.

What does being a dad mean to you?
Being a father is a big deal for me because my sons are my greatest motivation. They keep me going, even when I don’t feel like it. They are the reason I wake up and do what I do.

What’s the most surprising thing to you about being a father?
I’m always amused by their curiosity and what comes out of their mouths. It’s downright hilarious most of their time!

What’s your sweetest dad memory?
I will never forget the feeling of holding them in my arms when they were born. Those were the priceless moments in my life.

What would you most like your child to remember about you?
That I love them, unconditionally, and will do anything for their happiness.

Are you the fun dad or the strict one?
I’m actually both. I have to be strict when they are out of line or backchat. It’s always fun when they teach me new things, like how to rap, and new words like “Fungazi”.

Watch The River on Tuesdays on 1Magic (103) at 20:00
Available on Catch Up and online at DStv Now »
Binge-watch from the beginning on Showmax »


Irshaad Ally (Rhafiek) from Suidooster is father to two beautiful daughters, Rahmah is five and Hanaa just five months.

What surprises you most about being a father?
What surprises me most – and I guess it’s because my kids are still so small – is that you fall in love with them over and over and over again. Even though they just yanked the table cloth after you told them not to and now the porridge and milk is lying on the kitchen floor waiting for you to clean it.

What was your favourite thing to do with your father when you were a kid?
My father could tell a good joke. I relished those joke sessions with him in the middle of the room explaining away.

What TV shows do you enjoy watching with your kids?
My five-year-old daughter loves watching anything that involves animals and nature. So we flip through those channels. I love it as I get to answer those weird questions a five year old asks. 

What’s the funniest thing you and your kids do together?
Our funniest jokes are usually about my wife, who gets very upset, and that just makes us laugh more. So I can’t share too much about that … think I’ve already shared too much.

How would you describe your parenting style?
I think I’m the easy-going one. When it comes to my daughters, everything is about learning to me. I like that because kids are really like sponges. They trust you implicitly and can take everything you say in easily. I allow my daughter to write on one of the walls in her room. She can write whatever she wants. If she wants to know a word – write it on the wall. She’s only started writing now and the wall is actually very full. And colourful. We’ll have to paint over it soon. My wife’s obviously a little more stern.

Watch Suidooster weekdays on kykNET and kykNET&kie (144 & 145) at 18:30
Available on Catch Up and online at DStv Now »
Binge-watch from the beginning on Showmax »


Survivor SA host Nico Panagio and his wife Christi are adoptive parents to two lovely girls, Evah, who’s eight, and Shay, who’s six.

What’s the best advice you’ve given your children?
I tell both my girls, almost daily, “have fun with wisdom”. I want them to enjoy life, make the most of their opportunities, but to do all that with wisdom. If you have fun without wisdom, you get into unnecessary trouble.

What’s the funniest thing your children have done?
It would have to be that moment when we found both girls rummaging through their mother’s make-up bag, and they’d got hold of her lipstick and of course had covered themselves. And it was expensive lipstick might I add. Initially, that was so frustrating for my wife, but we both ended up laughing.

What has been your most challenging moment on this journey?
I think the most challenging moment is raising children with a sense of adventure and independence but also protecting them from all the darkness that is enveloping the world. Everyone can agree that if we look at our politics, our crime, everything is just so scary and as parents we need to equip our children with discerning skills. But even more challenging, as parents we need to realise that we can’t preempt everything; we can’t think of everything, so we’ve got to teach them a set of life skills that they can use for every situation. It’s very challenging to hand over that responsibility we as parents have over kids and tell them that they are now responsible for their own lives.

What makes you a unique dad?
I think it’s very simple – I’m their dad. I love my girls more than anything in the world. Granted, all dads are unique, and all families are different, but I would say I’m so blessed in the work that I do that I’ve spent time with my girls since they were born. Both my girls are adopted, and we’ve had them since they were three months old, and I’ve been a hands-on dad from day one. My wife and I have literally shared every moment of their development; we’re both very hands-on. If I’m away for too long with work, like with Survivor, then I take them along. I spend as much as I can with them. We’re that family that looks forward to school holidays because we get to spend time together. You’ll hear parents say, “ah man, it’s school holidays,” and they’re dreading these holidays, but not with us. Really, we can’t get enough of each other’s company.

Any advice for other dads or dads-to-be?
Be really involved in your daughter’s lives. Obviously the same applies to sons, but as a father to two girls, I really believe that we as dads should have that channel of communication with them with regards to how they feel about life, and about people, and also with regards to their bodies as they change when they’re getting older. My wife and I believe that our girls should be able to ask her any question that they would ask another woman and come to me with any question that they would ask a man. My kids are very comfortable with us and we hope it doesn’t change (please God let it not change!). They can ask us anything, and we really treasure that because the internet will tell them rubbish. We don’t want them to get their information from the world, but from a place of truth and safety.

Watch Survivor on Thursdays on M-Net (101) at 19:00
Available on Catch Up and online at DStv Now »

Macfarlane Moleli; Father and Carte Blanche Anchor on M-Net

Watch Carte Blanche on Sundays on M-Net (101) at 19:00
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Pierre Breytenbach (Bart) from Getroud Met Rugby has three children – Danielle is 16, Kayla is 14, and Nico is seven years old.

What does being a dad mean to you?
More than anyone can prepare you for, it is the biggest responsibility you’ll ever have, and at the same time the easiest because you just need to listen to your gut-feel, and then all those tender moments, those warrior-like protector modes, the nurturing and emotional parts, come together.

Are you the fun dad or the strict one?
I would say the fun one, but discipline has its place. Especially with kids under the age of eight.

What’s the best advice you’d give your child?
Brush your teeth regularly and remember that your parents will love you, regardless.

What would you most like your child to remember about you? 
Apart from teaching them as much as I can about their place and purpose in the world, I am the guy that will love and protect them till the day I die.

What’s your idea of a perfect Father’s Day?
Anything, anywhere as long as it’s with my family.

Watch Getroud Met Rugby weeknights on kykNET (144) at 21:00
Available on Catch Up and online at DStv Now »
Binge-watch from the beginning on Showmax »


Ben Kruger (Okkie) from Binnelanders has three adult sons, Dan, Ivan and Niku.

What does being a dad mean to you?
Lots and lots of responsibility.

What’s surprised you most about being a father?
How much fun it can be.

What TV shows do you enjoy watching with your kids?
Things like Top Gear, Street Outlaws, etc.

Do you think fathers today have it easier or harder than it was for your own father?
Much harder. Social media has made everyone's life a field strewn with land mines.

What’s the funniest thing your children have ever done? 
When the three of them told the audience at a Poetry Slam event that I was useless at poetry and they then took over on my behalf.

Watch Binnelanders weekdays on kykNET (144) at 19:30
Available on Catch Up and online at DStv Now »
Binge-watch from the beginning on Showmax »

Francois van Coke; Father, Musician and Coach on The Voice on M-Net

Watch The Voice on Sundays on M-Net (101) at 17:30
Available on Catch Up and DStv Now


Altus Theart (Henk) from Getroud Met Rugby is married to fellow actor Zetske van Pletzen, and they have a beautiful two-year-old son named Alexander.

What does being a dad mean to you?
It is a huge blessing to have a child. He is my whole world.

Are you the fun dad or the strict one?
I am a bit of both. He knows his borders and we have plenty of fun inside those borders. He must know he is safe with me.

What’s the best advice you’d give your child?
Always stay humble but never let people walk over you. Always say sorry if you are wrong and always say thank you.

What would you most like your child to remember about you? 
That I have always been there for him, no matter what.

What’s your idea of a perfect Father’s Day?
Just to spend time with Alexander and my wife.

Watch Getroud Met Rugby weeknights on kykNET (144) at 21:00
Available on Catch Up and online at DStv Now »
Binge-watch from the beginning on Showmax »