The Big Issue #271

  • 21 January to 20 February 2019­­­­
Usually, this time of year is closely associated with people making New Year’s resolutions and setting goals for themselves. Blah, blah, blah. We’ve opted to bring you stories of people and organisations doing amazing and new things already, so early in the year.​

We couldn’t talk about what’s new without turning our attention to Mr Invention himself, Elon Musk. Love him or hate him, Elon’s trailblazing technologies are making headlines across the world. But he’s not the only South African leading the way when it comes to tech. Start-up company RD9 Solutions is introducing high school learners to the fascinating world of robotics, while teens from the Helderberg Robotics Club have represented the country at the World Robot Olympiad (see page 15).

On the science front, UWC’s Dr Fanelwa Ngece-Ajayi is changing the way township youth perceive science, technology, engineering and mathematics through her non-profit organisation, AmaQawe ngeMfundo (see page 24).

Whether a good crime news story is your thing, or you would much rather grow your own garden, this issue has something for everyone, including the little ones. Top crime reporter Maygene de Wee tells us some dark and thrilling lawbreaker tales (see page 10), while the Little Issue is packed with science facts and activities.

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Spring Mix

Spring Mix The Big Issue art and writing classes are offered by Elaine Millin, and form part of the organisation’s development programme for vendors. Talented, marginalised […]

Nicholas Siyoyo

Bubbly Naureen Handricks, a 65-year-old mother of four, is our vendor of the month and sells The Big Issue opposite Maynard Mall in Wynberg.

Nancy Mgqelana

Our vendor of the month

Nancy Mgqelana, sells The Big Issue in Protea Road, Claremont. She tells us about her goals for 2019 and how she plans to improve her life and those of her three children.

Elon and the Techno Boffins

Words: Alicia English & Lungisa Mnqwazi

Love him or hate him, technology entrepreneur Elon Musk is among South Africa’s top innovators. However, he is not the only one making a mark in the tech world.

Graffiti for Good

Catch an eclectic mix of local and international street artists live during the International Public Art Festival (IPAF), which takes place in Salt River from 9 to 17 February.

Crime Chronicles

Words: Maygene de Wee
Photography: Melinda Stuurman, Courtesy Images

Award-winning journalist and specialist reporter at Netwerk24, Maygene de Wee is proof that the pen is mightier than the sword. She takes us behind some of her news scoops that have made headlines across the country.

Dr Fanelwa Ngece-Ajayi’s case for science

Word: Harriet Box


For Dr Fanelwa Ngece- Ajayi, a research leader in the field of drug metabolism nanobiosensors for antiretrovirals and tuberculosis treatment drugs, furthering your education is not enough – you also need to help educate others.

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