John was born and bred in Khutsong, a township in the Carletonville area, and is grateful for the Brothers for Life movement - which he quite literally stumbled upon.
It was on a Saturday morning when he walked past a group of men standing alongside the road - waiting for fellow Brothers. There was a planned meeting to welcome new Brothers into the Community Action Team, a group set up to deal with issues that affect men, and he was welcomed into the fold
The Community Action Team is a group of men who advocate for change in male norms, culture and tradition and work with Mothusimpilo, a local non-government organisation focusing on issues of health and life.
The father of two believes that more men still need to come forward and join Brothers for Life, as the benefits of doing so go far beyond being recognised as a real man - they also inform other aspects of one's life. John has recruited a few friends to also join the movement, so that they see that men with values have benefits to enjoy.
The campaign is supported by the Deputy President of South Africa and the Minister of Health and over the past two years has received strong support from a number of positive role models both in South Africa and internationally.
"I used to have problems with my excessive alcohol intake but since joining Brothers for Life, I have learned that I should drink responsibly and account for all my actions. I also ensure that there's enough food in the house for my kids and wife before squandering the money. I still drink, but more cautiously these days," says John.
In paying tribute to the work being done by the Community Action Team under the banner of the Brothers for Life campaign, John says his eyes have been opened - he no longer beats his wife or children.
"My wife and I are good friends - she is my pillar of strength," he concludes