The change is in your pocket

The Big Issue is a socially responsible non-profit organisation that enables willing unemployed and marginalised adults to take responsibility for their own lives through a developmental employment programme.
Issue #234
ON SALE TILL
24 September
issue-234

INTRODUCING ISSUE #234

ON THE COVER
Beneath the surface of South Africa’s shark industry

PHOTO ESSAY
Township residents and their unlikely animal friends

AGENTS OF CHANGE
What’s a single, white woman doing in Dunoon?

INSIGHT
The social cleansing of street entrepreneurs

OPINION COLUMN
Ben Trovato muses on the future of men

WHAT'S ON?
The latest festivals, shows, gigs, markets and more

sharks

Making a Killing

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.

pets

Photo Essay: Scales, Wings & Tails

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.

dunoon

Our Dunoon

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.

entrepreneurs

Cornered: The Social Cleansing of Street Entrepreneurs

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.

mensmonth

Men’s Month

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.

dontmiss

Don’t Miss

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.