The change is in your pocket

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Issue #229
24 April


* On the cover: How refugees contribute more to Africa than international aid organisations.

* Photo essay: Art meets the environment in these arresting aerial images of Namibian landscapes.

* Celebrity interview: What do the Beatenberg boys talk about when they’re out of the public eye?

* Agents of change: Micro-bakeries help township residents to rise above the breadline.

* Easter Activities: 10 fun, unconventional things to do over the Easter long weekend.

* Opinion column: Tom Eaton contemplates the ever-changing climate of Cape Town.

* What’s on in Cape Town? Festivals, shows, markets, gigs and other experiences of interest in April.


Africa’s Undercover Heroes

In 2008, a series of xenophobic attacks stampeded through South Africa, leaving foreigners brutally murdered, injured and displaced. But as citizens of Africa, they may be our continent’s greatest heroes, sending more money home than western aid donors contribute.


Above & Beyond

Taken by world-renowned photographer and filmmaker Paul van Schalkwyk (who died last year while taking photos from his plane), these aerial images of Namibia offer us a unique opportunity to see the unseen from an arresting, unexpected, new angle.


Between Beatenberg and the Big Blue

Having just received five SAMA nominations, Beatenberg is one of South Africa’s favourite bands. Justin Nurse met up with the trio in a secret cave of Chapman’s Peak Drive, to chat about beginnings, best moments, bringing out a new album and the big, blue yonder of 2015.


10 Untraditional Ways to Enjoy Easter

Tired of the same old chocolate egg hunt? Here are a few fun, refreshingly different things to do over the long Easter long weekend. From running through the winelands to rescuing a real Easter bunny, there’s something for everyone.


Better Than Sliced Bread

Custom designed for business in the townships, micro-bakeries are turning out healthy, affordable loaves for community members. We visit a few of the bustling new bread shops to find out how they’re filling stomachs and fulfilling dreams.


Don’t Miss…

Mavis’s story: Mavis Ngwevushe is a self-proclaimed go-getter who hopes to open her own handmade jewellery store one day. But in the meantime, she is our vibrant, hardworking Vendor of the Month.

Elsie’s story: Sixty-year-old Elsie Thandeka Ntsini is the only person looking after her five grandchildren, and therefore can’t afford to miss work long enough to get the glasses she desperately needs. We find out how you can help.