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Issue #230
24 May

Celebrating the 200th Street Store

Posted on April 29, 2015  /  No Comments

We at The Big Issue love and admire The Street Store. There aren’t many organisations that support the homeless and this internationally acclaimed group helps in a uniquely hands-on, practical way. (read more…)


Will the real Lindelwa please stand up?

Posted on April 29, 2015  /  No Comments

There seems to have been a mix-up with the Vendor of the Month in our latest edition. While Lindelwa Mtsi’s story is displayed correctly on page 36, another vendor’s photos somehow ended up on the page instead of hers. (read more…)


Eyesight for Elsie: an update

Posted on April 24, 2015  /  No Comments

Elsie Thandeka Ntsini, 60, the Vendor to Visit in our April edition (Issue 229) was recently taken to the St Johns’ eye clinic for a much-needed eye test. There, she got some bad news: this hardworking vendor has bilateral cataracts, which render her practically blind and require expensive surgery. (read more…)


Love and marriage in the midst of hateful xenophobia

Posted on April 22, 2015  /  No Comments

Not even a series of xenophobic attacks in the city of Pietermaritzburg could stop the preparations for an Ethiopian man and South African woman to tie the knot. 27-year-old Thandeka Mkhwanazi and Mali Wondawock, 26, hosted neighbours and residents at their home in Cinderella Park at their Umembeso ceremony on Saturday. (read more…)

Jani Allan

An intimate evening with Jani Allan

Posted on April 1, 2015  /  Comments Off

In the heady days of the late 80s – when media personalities were celebrities in their own right – one glamourous woman stood tall. Jani Allan was either loved or hated, but one thing was certain and consistent: her column, “Just Jani”, in the Sunday Times was often the first page to be read over lazy Sunday breakfasts. (read more…)


Langa’s new king of electronic dance music

Posted on March 26, 2015  /  Comments Off

Born and raised in Langa township, Makonwabe Bekwa aka AudioJerk is a dance floor magnet with his unique electronic, techno and dubstep sound. He is also fast becoming one of the Mother City’s most sought after DJs. (read more…)