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Issue #229
24 April
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Langa’s new king of electronic dance music

Posted on March 26, 2015  /  No Comments

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…)


MPs urged to get tested for TB

Posted on March 25, 2015  /  No Comments

Several thousand people joined TAC’s march to parliament on Tuesday, 24 March, to mark World TB Day by handing over a memorandum addressed to the Secretary of Parliament. (read more…)


The world’s longest braai

Posted on March 18, 2015  /  No Comments

On March 18, two Cape Town braai masters will be attempting to break the current Guinness World Record by braaing for four days straight, at the Tyger Valley Shopping Mall in Cape Town. (read more…)


A Cape Town firefighter’s long journey to work

Posted on March 10, 2015  /  Comments Off

It’s 5:30am in Town Two, Khayelitsha, and firefighter Anelisa Flani has just started her day.

Flani is one of nearly 400 Working on Fire crew members, who, along with hundreds of Fire and Rescue firefighters and other volunteers, have been assisting to douse one of the largest veld fires ever to rage across the slopes of Cape Town’s mountains.

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Vendor Profile: Sipho Mbayimbayi

Posted on February 6, 2015  /  Comments Off

Born and bred in Cape Town, Sipho Mbayimbayi is a self-professed workaholic who seldom misses a day at his pitch. Why? Because he loves selling the magazine and being a provider for his family. (read more…)


Vendor Profile: Phelokazi Khohlela

Posted on February 3, 2015  /  Comments Off

Phelokazi stays in Khayelitsha with her husband and their four children. She has been a Big Issue vendor for just over a year. She joined The Big Issue to help provide for her family – and she’s out there doing it every day. We sat down with her to find out why she needs all the support she can get… (read more…)


Vendor profile: Cyril Mylambiso

Posted on February 3, 2015  /  Comments Off

Cyril left home at the age of 19 and has worked in restaurants and coffee shops for most of his adult life. He moved to Cape Town from Port Elizabeth in 1994, in search of work and better opportunities. (read more…)

digital doctor

The digital doctor

Posted on January 16, 2015  /  1 Comment

Professor Timothy Noakes considers how the internet will determine which medical – and other – experts you will believe and consult in the future. (read more…)