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Issue #223
24 September


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* On the cover: Meet Siya Kolisi, Springbok rugby player and an ambassador for The Sunflower Fund.

* Tempest in a toilet: What’s really going on with South Africa’s township toilets? We lift the lid on this contentious issue.

* Anatolian Shepherd Dogs: How a heroic breed of dog is saving both South Africa’s livestock and it’s leopards.

* Celebrity profile: Siya Kolisi on being a Springbok and becoming a bone marrow stem cell donor for The Sunflower Fund.

* Bone truths: We bust five common myths about becoming a bone marrow stem cell donor.

* Letter to my younger self: Pieter-Dirk Uys confronts himself as a 15-year-old boy in apartheid South Africa.

* What’s on in Cape Town? All the festivals, shows, markets, gigs and other experiences of interest in September.


Lifting the lid

The sanitation situation in the Western Cape has become a literal sh*t-storm, with fed-up activists hurling human excrement at politicians in a last-ditch attempt to get attention and official action. But what do they really need and what can be done to start solving the problem?


Leader of the pack

Farmers in South Africa have a new weapon in their fight against predators. It’s big, it barks… and it thinks it’s a goat! In this story, we speak to Elanza van Lente, who manages the Anatolian Shepherd Dog breeding project in the Namaqua National Park.


The Springbok & The Sunflower Fun

Siya Kolisi isn’t just a Springbok rugby player. He’s an ambassador – and a registered bone marrow stem cell donor – for The Sunflower Fund, an organisation dedicated to helping people with life-threatening blood disorders, such as leukemia.


Bone Truths

The South African Bone Marrow Registry needs all the donors it can get, but many unfounded myths prevent people from signing up. We bust five of the most common ones so that you can see how easy – and important – it is to sign up and save somebody’s life.


Pieter-Dirk Uys: A letter to my younger self

“This is 2014 and I was 15 in 1960. Then, cars had huge wings and gasoline was cheaper than bottled water is today… Lady Gaga was then a combination of the wife of the Lord of the Manor and a word that described madness and chaos.”


Don’t miss

Leslie’s story: If you’ve ever visited the Spar on Derry St in Vredehoek, then you’ve probably met Lesie Collins, our September Vendor of the Month. We find out a bit about him in this issue, so that you’ll have something to chat to him about next time you’re in the area.

Mphumzi’s story: Mphumzi Mazomba is a new vendor, having sold The Big Issue for less than six months. It isn’t easy to build up a regular customer base, but he’s out there every day, fighting poverty and supporting his family – and one day, he dreams of becoming a chef or social worker.