INTRODUCING ISSUE #235
ON THE COVER
We talk to the unlikely rock stars behind Mumford & Sons
South Africa through the eyes of three local photographers
Where conflict and minerals collide in Africa
AGENTS OF CHANGE
Comedian Mark Sampson takes a road trip with a twist
Why the migrant crisis is closer to home than you think
The latest festivals, shows, gigs, markets and more
Mumford & Sons have become the biggest band in Britain and one of the most popular in the world. Soon to be heading to South Africa, the foursome sat down with The Big Issue UK’s Peter Ross to discuss faith, fame and rock ’n’ roll.
Twenty years into South Africa’s democracy, three local photographers – Sipho Mpongo, Sean Metelerkamp and Wikus de Wet – set out to discover the current state of their country. They called the project Twenty Journey. We are privileged to feature some of the resulting images.
“The richer the nation, the more spoils there are to fight over,” writes British journalist Michela Wrong. But it seems that, alongside the greedy corporates and the ruthless rebel militia, the everyday consumer plays a role in pillaging the land, too.
Two years ago, comedian Mark Sampson, his wife and two kids waved goodbye to the comforts of Cape Town. Their goal? To set a new world record for the longest journey made on alternative fuel, and to document to impacts of climate change in Africa.
Since January this year, Kenyan authorities have arrested hundreds of Ethiopians trying to reach South Africa. But does our country really offer refugees the greener pastures they are searching for? A Kenyan local considers this question.
David’s story: David Njove, 44, describes himself as a family man. He’s happily married with five children and three grandchildren, and he believes in working hard to support his family. He started selling The Big Issue two years ago and has been doing so well that he’s our latest Vendor of the Month. We find out how he manages to do it all.
Luvo’s story: Luvo Loliwe, 31, has been a Big Issue vendor for three months. He previously worked as a packer at a grocery store, but lost his job when his contract expired. With no skills and little work experience, he decided to go door-to-door in search of a job. To his relief, he knocked on The Big Issue’s door.