INTRODUCING ISSUE #234
ON THE COVER
Beneath the surface of South Africa’s shark industry
Township residents and their unlikely animal friends
AGENTS OF CHANGE
What’s a single, white woman doing in Dunoon?
The social cleansing of street entrepreneurs
Ben Trovato muses on the future of men
The latest festivals, shows, gigs, markets and more
Measuring up to 6,4m and sporting rows of razor-sharp teeth, the Great White shark is one of the world’s most feared, fearsome predators. We investigate the South African shark industry – from cage diving and chumming to fishing and finning – and question who really needs protection from whom.
When GroundUp photographer Masixole Feni set out to capture portraits of people and their animals in the townships of Cape Town, he was surprised to discover some unusual friendships.
Christine Williams is a single, white woman living in one of Cape Town’s poorest townships. But her story – and the project she’s running – isn’t about her: it’s about her adopted community and the place she now calls home. We find out about myDunoon, a small organisation with big dreams.
South Africa’s informal traders make up a significant part of the labour force, creating work for themselves where none existed before. Many see them as a stain on the city’s image, but beneath the stereotypes lie innovative social systems and self-made solutions.
Columnist Ben Trovato skips three centuries and imagines the speech of South African President Nomzana Naidoo-Green on the occasion of National Men’s Month 2307.
Michael’s story: Michael Magolwane was washing cars and selling trinkets at the robots at Meadowridge Centre when he saw a lady selling The Big Issue 14 years ago. He asked her about it, decided to sign up and has been a Big Issue vendor ever since. Find out why he’s our latest Vendor of the Month.
Pheliswa’s story: Pheliswa Ntloko is from the Eastern Cape, but moved to Cape Town in 2012 to find a job. She started selling The Big Issue in April this year and hopes that, after reading her story, people will visit her and buy the magazine.