Change is in your pocket

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Natural Wonder


The Unrestricted News Authority

Words: Sarah Koopman Images: Courtesy Images

During almost 20 years on our screens as an anchor and journalist for Carte Blanche, veteran media personality Ruda Landman saw it all. The only constant, she reminds us, is change. And the best way to keep forging forward is to embrace it and ride the wave.

May 18, 2018

Instrument of Change

Words: Alicia English Images: Brenda Veldtman, Courtesy Images

Journalist Lukhanyo Calata is a newsmaker in more ways than one. We speak to him about his book My Father Died for This, in which he and his wife Abigail document the Calata family’s legacy.

May 18, 2018

Vendor success: Monica’s off to a fresh start

Big issue entrepreneur Monica Vuka is one step closer to her dream vocation, thanks to the support she’s receiving from the organisation, customers and her family. She shares her journey with us.

April 20, 2018

6 Million steps in the right direction

Words: Sarah Koopman and Photography: David Bell

South African Peter Dunn has embarked on a five-month long journey to raise awareness and money for the Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa (CHOC). We find out why.

April 20, 2018

So you think you can dance?

Words: Feroza Miller-Isaacs and Photography: Mark Wessels

Jazzart Dance Theatre, the longest established dance company in the Cape, is hot on the heels of personal expression.

April 20, 2018

Exploring the deep blue with Ratanang

Words: Samina Anwary And Photography: Bulelani Bhokela

Civil Works Diver Ratanang Maremane has never been interested in a life on land. So after an application to be a fighter pilot didn’t work out, she took to the water and became only the second black navy diver in South Africa’s history.

April 20, 2018

Lavista’s moved on and is living the dream

Words and Photography by Yonga Balfour

Former Big Issue entrepreneur Lavista Ntshoza, 34, is living his dream thanks to his perseverance and motivation from loyal customers.

March 20, 2018



Natural Wonder

Words: Meg Mundell Source: Courtesy of The Big Issue Australia / Insp.Ngo Images: Alex Board, Hugh Miller, Rachel Butler, Steve Benjamin, Courtesy Of BBC Studios

Sir David Attenborough is using his famous voice to turn the world’s attention to a part of the planet that urgently needs our help: the oceans.


Summiting the test

Words: Sarah Koopman and Photography: Getty Images, Courtesy Images

A team of adventurers took on the summit of the highest active volcano in the world in to bring awareness to the critical need for early childhood development in South Africa.

Journey to Antarctica: seals, penguins and glacial beauty

Words: Alexandre Meneghini and Photography: Getty Images

Antarctica is a remote place, but it’s not immune to human interference. Reuters photographer Alexandre Meneghini accompanied a Greenpeace team on an expedition to support a call by the European Union to conserve nearly 2 million km2 of the region.

Barry and an angry Bosnian

Someone once said that tragedy plus time equals comedy. Funny man Barry Hilton concurs.