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Issue #224
24 October


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* On the cover: Homeland actress Claire Danes visits our hometown… and loves it! We get some inside info.

* Photo essay: where children sleep From toy-laden bedrooms to tattered sidewalk sofas, children’s bedrooms aren’t all created equal.

* The state of education in SA: Why is the schooling system failing our learners despite significant government spend? We find out.

* Cooking for Madiba: Celebrity chef Roy Isham shares his memories of cooking for Nelson Mandela – plus two of the hero’s favourite recipes.

* Letter to my younger self: Former international supermodel Josie Borain gives her 16-year-old self some not-so-private, oh-so-personal advice.

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


All “Sharp Sharp” for Claire Danes

While filming season four of Homeland in Cape Town, Claire Danes didn’t just enjoy the Mother City’s natural beauty and hospitality. She also got to know – and love – South African slang (“sharp sharp” being her favourite) and paid a visit to a crèche in Gugulethu.


Education in SA: What’s at the core?

From ill-equipped teachers to ill-prepared learners, our country’s schooling system is bristling with challenges and opportunities for growth. We find out how SA fares in six key areas that need to be addressed in developing countries around the world… and parts of some developed ones too.


Cooking for Madiba

Roy Isham isn’t just a celebrity chef and a regular guest on Expresso. He was Nelson Mandela’s personal chef for two months, shortly after the global icon was released from prison. He shares some of his personal memories, as well as two of the recipes Madiba liked best.


Josie Borain: A letter to my younger self

“You’re going to have loads of relationships, many lovers and some friends. Some of them will be amazing and some will be, frankly, a waste of time. I suppose you have to go through them, but if I have any say about your future, stay away from Bob, Mike, Tony and Mark…”


Don’t Miss

Sipho’s story: Born and bred in Cape Town, Sipho Mbayimbayi is a self-professed workaholic who seldom misses a day at his pitch. Why? Because he loves selling the magazine and providing for his family. That’s why he’s our Vendor of the Month.

Mkhululi’s story: Mkhululi Magqabi, this month’s Vendor on the Move, left his job as a construction worker and started selling The Big Issue in 2010… but this isn’t the end of his journey. Having discovered his love for sales, he hopes to become a sales assistant some day.

  • MamaLyn

    Sipho is a star! His smile and his friendliness ensure that I support him every month and I wish him every success and much happiness.