The change is in your pocket

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Issue #225
24 November


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* On the cover: In the search for a sustainable protein source, bugs are the new beef. Would you eat them?

* Photo essay – World Press Photos: A selection of this year’s best images from around the world.

* Can we learn to love eating insects? As our population expands, we might have to… and we might even like it.

* The good gift guide: Ten festive-season gifts that are either proudly African, handmade, eco-friendly or beneficial to those in need.

* Fracked: What the heck is fracking, what’s really going on in the Karoo… and why should you care?

* Agents of change: Find out how CeaseFire is fighting gangsterism on the Cape Flats… by running itself like a gang.

* What’s on in Cape Town? Festivals, shows, markets, gigs and other experiences of interest in November.


Can we learn to love eating insects?

Thanks to Banting, protein is more popular than ever. And while this may be good news for cattle farmers and supermarkets, it’s bad news for both the environment and for the cattle themselves. As the search for a sustainable protein source gains traction, insects scuttle into the spotlight as the food of the future.



When we talk about shale gas mining and fracking, we’re not talking about one little well in the middle of the Karoo. We’re talking about 60% of South Africa’s land surface being targeted for production. Karoo resident Heather Dugmore asks the important questions… and gets some answers.


The Good Gang

Where do gangsters go when they are no longer gangsters? Some of them join CeaseFire, an innovative organisation that’s cleaning up crime on the Cape Flats… by running itself like a gang. Their strategy may be surprising, but it’s working: the organisation saw a 50% reduction in gang-related murders in its first six months.


The alternative gift guide

Let’s be honest: your mom doesn’t need another mug and your dad will be just fine without another pair of socks. If you’re looking for unique festive-season gift ideas, then this is the gift guide for you. Choose from 10 ethical, elegant, eclectic and inspirational products that pay it forward.


Don’t miss

Jakoef’s story: Jakoef Gallant has lived a life of crime… for most of his life, that is. He went in and out of jail more times than he can remember, until he decided to change his life for the better and joined The Big Issue in 2002. Twelve years later, he’s our Vendor of the Month.

Mcoseleli’s story: Mcoseleli Vusani has been a Big Issue vendor for five years, but having recently moved to a new pitch, he needs all the support and exposure he can get. That’s why he’s our Vendor to Visit for this month.