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Neighbourhoods of the World

Our theme for this issue is ‘Neighbourhoods of the World’. Thanks to contributions from the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards, we catch a glimpse into neighbourhoods from around the globe. Portraits Nature Photography If you’re a nature lover, look out for our wildlife photography. Our stunning cover image of a puffin with a mouthful of […]

January 28, 2018

Mkhululi’s bags of hope

WORDS: YONGA BALFOUR

Big Issue entrepreneur Mkhululi Magqabi sells the magazine and his colourful handstitched cooking bags opposite the River Club in Observatory. He recently received a special handup from a loyal Big Issue reader.

November 27, 2017

Smile, the beloved country

WORDS: INGRID JONES

When winter ushers in spring, a road trip from Cape Town via the N2 through the Overberg towards the Garden Route and Hessequa district is a study in impressionism

November 27, 2017

There never has been a better time to support these great organisations than now.

WORDS: ZEENAT MOOSA HASSAN

For many South Africans, Christmas and charity are inextricably linked – almost as much as Christmas and gifting. It makes sense, then, to combine these two activities to cross things off your Christmas shopping list and support a worthy cause at the same time.

November 27, 2017

Magical Morocco

PHOTOGRAHY: ACHMAT BOOLEY

Cape Town photographer and Big Issue designer Achmat Booley recently went on an unforgett able journey through Morocco where he captured the people, architecture and colourful tapestries of this mesmerising destination.

November 27, 2017

Unsiloed art

LINDI BROWNELL MEIRING

Once the tallest building in sub-Saharan Africa, the grain silo complex in the V&A Waterfront has stood empty for the better part of 20 years. Now, thanks to the vision of Jochen Zeitz and Thomas Heatherwick, this historic landmark has new reason to stand tall.

November 27, 2017

PASSING BY

WORDS & PHOTOGRAPHY JUSTUS VISAGIE

Join Justus Visagie as he heads towards the Northern Cape to drive one of South Africa’s less-traversed mountain passes.

October 30, 2017

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FROM PREVIOUS ISSUES

Jacques Pauw The President’s Keepers

Chapter Nine: The Gentleman Gangster And His Donkey

In his exposé revealing the deeprooted, widespread corruption and state capture that plagues the South African government, Jacques Pauw has identified the cabal that eliminates President Jacob Zuma’s enemies and purges government of upstanding officials. The following extract from a chapter of The President’s Keepers deals with Cape Town gangster Mark Lifman and how SARS, under the leadership of Tom Moyane, let him off the hook for his R388-million tax bill.

Travel with a purpose

Feroza Miller-Isaacs

Voluntourism is one of the fastest-growing trends in the travel sector. Voluntourists flock to South Africa’s shores every year to invest their time, skills and money into vulnerable communities and nature conservation.

Phelelani, lord of the rings

WORDS: JAYE-DEE JANSEN

Circus performer Phelelani Ndakroka has captured the hearts of audiences around the globe. The dynamic acrobat shares his inspiring journey.