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Education: You can run your own business

More and more women are taking on the big challenge of building new businesses from the ground up. They’re highly skilled and motivated, and they are helping South Africa’s economy grow.

February 27, 2017

Global News: Street talk

In a special #VendorWeek feature for 2017, three street paper sellers share what makes their part of the world unique. Pictured with some iconic landmarks in the background, they reveal their biggest achievements, the challenges they face, and how selling a street paper has changed their lives.

February 27, 2017

The no-meat millenials

Frances Housdon and Glynis O’Hara

Braais and Banting have become part of the normal culinary landscape in SA, but it seems there’s a new vegetarian trend afoot, especially among millennials with an appetite for tackling global warming. Frances Housdon and Glynis O’Hara look at the shift and at some of the options available if you give up meat.

December 2, 2016

How we are soiling the sea

Martina Keenan

Every day millions of litres of raw sewage is pumped into the ocean, just off Green Point, Camps Bay and Hout Bay. The City has reapplied for its permit to do so, and the outcome is expected soon. Martina Keenan investigates.

December 1, 2016

10 things we need to do to tackle rape

Lisa Vetten

Lisa Vetten, a gender-rights activist currently with the Wits City Institute at Wits University, tells The Big Issue what she thinks needs to happen to tackle the high levels of rape in our country.

November 23, 2016

The dirt-eaters – a stressful and dangerous addiction for many women

All over South Africa, women have developed taste for eating soil or clay and now packets of soil are being sold by street vendors alongside their usual products. SANDILE MBILI, BONTLE MOTSOENENG AND LINDIWE MSIBI report…

November 21, 2016

Dumping 4.3 million Samsung phones is an environmental disaster warns Greenpeace

These materials could be recovered but would instead end up harming the environment if Samsung doesn’t repurpose or reuse these precious minerals. Samsung has yet to make an official statement fully explaining the causes of the fault, despite a global recall of the Galaxy Note 7 and offering replacements. It has said that it will […]

November 21, 2016

Poorly built municipal housing project may face demolition

Joseph Chirume

Beneficiaries fear the double-storey dwellings will collapse on them

November 4, 2016

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IN THIS ISSUE

Big Issue: Business with a Conscience

Kieno Kammies

Could social entrepreneurship be the answer to South Africa’s economic woes? Talk-radio host and The Big Issue board member Kieno Kammies shares his personal views on this question.

The Big Debate: Whose Responsibility is it anyway?

Derek Carelse, managing director of The Big Issue, and Tanner Methvin, partner at Impact Amplifier, confront how South Africa should address its social challenges

FROM PREVIOUS ISSUES

The no-meat millenials

Frances Housdon and Glynis O’Hara

Braais and Banting have become part of the normal culinary landscape in SA, but it seems there’s a new vegetarian trend afoot, especially among millennials with an appetite for tackling global warming. Frances Housdon and Glynis O’Hara look at the shift and at some of the options available if you give up meat.

How we are soiling the sea

Martina Keenan

Every day millions of litres of raw sewage is pumped into the ocean, just off Green Point, Camps Bay and Hout Bay. The City has reapplied for its permit to do so, and the outcome is expected soon. Martina Keenan investigates.

UB40 brings ‘healing music’

The three original members of reggae band UB40 will be making a return to South Africa in November with their Red Red Wine Tour. Andrea Vinassa spoke to founder and lead vocalist Ali Campbell about the band’s split into two, his deep love for Madiba and South Africa, maturing, and the task of parenting eight children.

AGENTS OF CHANGE

Love: a street view

Homeless people. We pass them every other day. Some ask for food, some carry babies. Every so often, we’ll see a couple holding hands. But we never ask them how they met or fell in love. Cape Town photographer Noncedo Mathibela dared to ask.

Kennedy’s big plans for SA education

Where other people see problems, Kennedy Kitheka sees opportunities. The biggest opportunity of all in South Africa? Education.

Literacy from the ground up

Zimkhitha Mlanzeli was bitten by the writing bug after her first story was published by FunDza, a future-focused organisation igniting a passion for reading and writing among South Africa’s youth. By Andrea Vinassa

LETTERS TO MY YOUNGER SELF

Sindiwe Magona

Cape Town’s Sindiwe Magona, an accomplished author, playwright and public speaker, looks back on her life and shares some words of encouragement with her impatient younger self. As told to Melanie Farrell

Sylvia Vollenhoven

Growing up in the ’50s, award-winning journalist, filmmaker and writer Sylvia Vollenhoven at first was unaware of herself as a coloured person. But in the ’70s, she embraced black consciousness and recently she’s been delving into her Khoisan heritage and identity, producing a book, a documentary and a dance/drama about it. By Andrea Vinassa