The Big Issue #256

  • 25 August to 24 September
September is Heritage Month, and we couldn’t resist visiting some of the Mother City’s popular landmarks (see page 16). Not to worry, we’ve added a few tourism gems, too, just in case you want to explore some different scenery.

To ensure our little ones don’t feel left out, check out this month’s Little Issue. It’s filled with interesting facts about Mzansi’s heritage.

And what would a spring issue be without flowers? Namaqualand is in full bloom this time of year. Why not round up your family or friends and head up the West Coast (see page 28). You won’t be disappointed. Don’t forget to take your Big Issue along and catch up on some reading.

We’re featuring Craig Lucas, winner of The Voice SA (see page 26). Did you know that Craig graduated his finance honours with distinction just two weeks before doing the live shows in Johannesburg? He’s musically talented with brains to boot!

And, what would an issue be without our valued Big Issue vendors? This month, we speak to vendors Thembakazi Sabile, Noluthando Nombeleko and Nomntu Gogotya, and showcase a selection of vendor art pieces, which were inspired by music.

Thank you to all those who supported The Big Issue Winter Drive. Look out for details of our upcoming The Big Issue Stationery Drive, in aid of our vendors’ children in our next issue.

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Noluthando Nombeleko

Noluthando Nombeleko (41) sells The Big Issue on Orange Street in the city centre. The mother of one shares her journey with us and her future ambitions.

Ntobeko’s learning curve

This month’s vendor success story follows Ntobeko Makuala (35), an IT graduate on a journey to empower himself with the help of The Big Issue.

Hope is a strategy

The majority of South Africa’s children are growing up in poverty. But in true South African spirit, there’s a growing movement to reach out and help those in need. One such initiative has emerged in the Mother City.

Hang out in Hangklip

At the Hangklip Hotel it’s not just the rock that’s hanging, it might just be your hair, too. I went for a drink at Plankies to see where hippies and hipsters mingle.

The humanities and beyond

Derek Carelse, Managing Director of The Big Issue, speaks with Professor Premesh Lalu, Director of the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape, about the role the humanities as a field of study has to play in understanding the concept of freedom in a world of technological advancements.

Walking with Elephants

Olifantland explores the tension between man and nature, asking whether animal conservation has a place in a country where many citizens fight for basic human rights on a daily basis.

Mending broken lives

For six years, she has successfully led her team to provide a warm, caring space for thousands of abused women and their children. We find out what drives Shaheema McLeod, Director of Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children.

Nicola Vernon

“When the children begin respecting themselves, they are able to start setting boundaries with others. ” – Nicola Vernon

Educating the youth, saving the lives of farm animals and increasing food security. It’s all in a day’s work for Nicola Vernon, philanthropist and chairperson of the Greyton Transition Town.

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