23.06.2023 Feature Article

Men-Up Organisation Teams Up with Hotel 247 for ‘The Black Tie’ Father’s Day Celebrations in Mpumalanga, South Africa

Men-Up Organisation Teams Up with Hotel 247 for The Black Tie Fathers Day Celebrations in Mpumalanga, South Africa
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Men-Up Organisation teamed up with Hotel 247 on the 17th of June this year in hosting the ‘The Black Tie’ Father’s Day Celebrations in White River, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Father’s Day celebrations are an annual event recognised in many countries across the world, including South Africa. Its main purpose is to recognise and appreciate the role played by fathers in their respective communities.

The successful ‘Black Tie Father’s Day event where Mr Selby Mhlongo dazzled attendees with a scintillating live performance was a family event attended by men, women and children.

Dr Apostle MI Nzotho and author of the book, Buried in Silence, Linkie Mohlala who is also the Head of Office of the MEC under the Department of Human Settlements in Mpumalanga were among the key note speakers at the fun-filled family event.

Apostle Nzotho stressed the importance of appreciating fathers/husbands at home and emphasized that it is important for men to align with the times in appreciating that the empowerment of women does not diminish the roles of a man in society.

While speaking at the same event, Ms Linkie Mohlala reminded men that they are kings who should conduct themselves in a royal manner and encouraged them to do the right things keeping in mind that they occupy an important position in the family setup.

The celebrations were generously supported by corporate partners such as The Language of Flowers for the deco as well as Dazzle Creations who provided the Red Carpet.

Yemvelo Juice chipped in with some beverages (juices and water) to cool down the heat of excitement from the attendees while Banabaka Spa gave out some vouchers for massage treatment which were won by Mr Kalisto Sfunza and Pastor Bongani Madonsela.

The Men-Up Organisation which strives to develop programs aimed at influencing perceptions about men and masculinity through teaching men and boys about the long lasting impact of gender based violence and drug abuse believes that developing responsible fathers creates a better society for everyone.

Men-Up says, ‘We have realised that Men in our society are not well appreciated hence the raise of gender base violence, fermicide, alcohol abuse and irresponsible gambling etc. which this eventually leads to the rise of suicidal thoughts’.

According to Mr Lucky Mxolisi (Mr Gates) from Men-Up, their approach towards the personal development of boys and men helps to create a society where men account for their actions.

Some of Men-Up’ services to the boys and men in various communities include: Men’s Dialogue and Seminars, Men and Boys Camps, Build a Man in A Boy Program as well as Gender Based Violence (GBV) awareness.