The change is in your pocket

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Issue #221
24 July


Introducing Issue #221

* On the cover: What has the Oscar Pistorius trial told us about the South African forensics system? We go behind the yellow tape to find out.

* Celebrity profile: We talk to 567 CapeTalk’s John Maytham about the strangest interview he’s ever done and the person he’d most like to meet.

* Photo essay: No one knows Cape Town better than the homeless people who live on its streets. Photographer Juhan Kuus gets to know them.

* Your World Design Diary: What’s all the fuss about the World Design Capital, and how can you get involved in July?

* Agents of change: The Township Art Galleries project is transforming township homes into tourist (and local) attractions.


Body of Evidence

Everybody loves a good crime thriller. And never more so than when it’s unfolding in real life, right before our inquisitive eyes. The Oscar Pistorius trial has captivated the world, and the spotlight has has also exposed all the frailties and flaws of South Africa’s forensics system. We slip behind the yellow tape to find out what’s really going on.


Photo Essay: Where the Heart Is

They stand at your car window. They sleep on benches at your local park. But have you ever stopped to truly notice the people who live on the streets of Cape Town? Perhaps it’s time you did…


Off Air With John Maytham

Some people say he has all the answers. Others believe he is arrogant. But whatever you may think, John Maytham is clearly doing something right, as he recently won the MTN Radio Award for Best Drive Presenter. We turn the mic on 567 CapeTalk’s controversial drive-time presenter.


The Art of Change

Attention art fanatics! There’s a new gallery in town and it’s well worth a visit, although you may need to adjust your GPS coordinates a little. The destination: Rubusana Avenue in Langa, where 10 township homes have been transformed into art galleries. Ready, steady, go!


Your worldDesign Diary

OK, so you’ve probably seen a few splashes of yellow around town, but do you know what the World Design Capital’s about, let alone where you can see some of the resulting design innovation? We’ve got all the info you need, plus six fantastic projects to see and experience in Cape Town this July.


Don’t Miss

Euginia’s story: On the corner of Hans Strydom Avenue and Buitengracht Street, Euginia, 57, sells The Big Issue every day to support her family. She’s a humble, hardworking woman who chooses to smile despite her difficult circumstances, and that’s why we chose her to be our Vendor of the Month.

Zuko Pholo’s story: If you live in Fish Hoek, you’ve probably met the popular vendor, Bongani Pholo. And now it’s time to meet his younger brother, Zuko, who joined his sibling’s pitch on the corner of Buller Louw Drive and Sunnydale Road in January 2013. Charisma clearly runs in the family…