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.

Big Issue: Business with a Conscience

The Big Debate: Whose Responsibility is it anyway?


Tech start-up seeks to help solve student-funding problem

The team’s initiative, EduFunding, aims to centralise information on funding through bursaries, scholarships and affordable study loans from the private sector. By going to, students can create a detailed profile, search for bursaries and scholarships according to chosen faculties/subjects, and easily submit their details to all available bursaries. EduFunding also offers funders an end-to-end […]

November 1, 2016

Global Wheeling

By Rebekah Funk and Celine Fjeldheim

Since 2005, the South African founder of Global Wheeling has biked more than 53,000km and in November will set off for India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. If he completes the eight-month journey through choked Indian streets and the rugged Himalayas, Kleinhans will have cycled close to one-and-a-half times around the world. It’s the ultimate goal […]

November 1, 2016

Float your boat: limited tickets for Up the Creek festival

So far 11 acts have been confirmed: Dan Patlansky, The Black Cat Bones, Albert Frost, Rubber Duc, Ben Dey and the Concrete Lions, The Kiffness, Gerald Clark and the Deadmen, Medicine Boy, Taxi Violence, Jackal and the Wind and Jak Skandi. More band announcements are due in the next few weeks. The waterside event will […]

October 28, 2016

My naam is Februarie: Iziko opens window on calendar slaves

My Naam is Februarie: Identities Rooted in Slavery is part of the Slave Calendar, produced for Iziko Museums of South Africa by Geometry Global. ‘‘The purpose of the exhibition is not to showcase ‘The History of Slavery’ in South Africa, but to continue to drive awareness about a tragic part of our history that is […]

October 28, 2016

US bans canned lion trophy imports from South Africa

Don PInnock

Because South Africa was unable to demonstrate the conservation value of canned lion hunting, the United States last week banned the import of all trophies from captive lion hunts in the country.

October 27, 2016

Cape to Rio row for SA’s eco warriors

Ocean acidification and diminishing phytoplankton are among the causes they hope their row, scheduled for January 2017, will bring into focus. “We have to do what we can to mitigate the mess we’ve made of our planet,” said Malherbe. He drew attention to the fact that phytoplankton produces 50% of the air we breathe and […]

October 24, 2016

Getting around to the children who can’t

Rebekah Funk

The South African Department of Basic Education estimates as many as 489 036 school-aged youngsters with disabilities don’t attend any school at all. Of these, about two thirds report severe disabilities, according to the 2013 General Household Survey. Fikile Ngcani wants to inspire these students and give them hope of an education. The second year […]

October 13, 2016

Baker takes the biscuit with bag recycling plan

Rebekah Funk

The Siyasizana Daycare Project rewards crèche and daycare leaders, spaza shop owners and other community members who keep their empty bread bags out of the bin. Sasko brand manager Lungelwa Mnyamana explained how the recycling programme works and how the bread giant launched its campaign in Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain. The bags gathered can be […]

October 12, 2016



Big Issue: Business with a Conscience

Kieno Kammies

Could social entrepreneurship be the answer to South Africa’s economic woes? Talk-radio host and The Big Issue board member Kieno Kammies shares his personal views on this question.

The Big Debate: Whose Responsibility is it anyway?

Derek Carelse, managing director of The Big Issue, and Tanner Methvin, partner at Impact Amplifier, confront how South Africa should address its social challenges


The no-meat millenials

Frances Housdon and Glynis O’Hara

Braais and Banting have become part of the normal culinary landscape in SA, but it seems there’s a new vegetarian trend afoot, especially among millennials with an appetite for tackling global warming. Frances Housdon and Glynis O’Hara look at the shift and at some of the options available if you give up meat.

How we are soiling the sea

Martina Keenan

Every day millions of litres of raw sewage is pumped into the ocean, just off Green Point, Camps Bay and Hout Bay. The City has reapplied for its permit to do so, and the outcome is expected soon. Martina Keenan investigates.

UB40 brings ‘healing music’

The three original members of reggae band UB40 will be making a return to South Africa in November with their Red Red Wine Tour. Andrea Vinassa spoke to founder and lead vocalist Ali Campbell about the band’s split into two, his deep love for Madiba and South Africa, maturing, and the task of parenting eight children.


Love: a street view

Homeless people. We pass them every other day. Some ask for food, some carry babies. Every so often, we’ll see a couple holding hands. But we never ask them how they met or fell in love. Cape Town photographer Noncedo Mathibela dared to ask.

Kennedy’s big plans for SA education

Where other people see problems, Kennedy Kitheka sees opportunities. The biggest opportunity of all in South Africa? Education.

Literacy from the ground up

Zimkhitha Mlanzeli was bitten by the writing bug after her first story was published by FunDza, a future-focused organisation igniting a passion for reading and writing among South Africa’s youth. By Andrea Vinassa


Sindiwe Magona

Cape Town’s Sindiwe Magona, an accomplished author, playwright and public speaker, looks back on her life and shares some words of encouragement with her impatient younger self. As told to Melanie Farrell

Sylvia Vollenhoven

Growing up in the ’50s, award-winning journalist, filmmaker and writer Sylvia Vollenhoven at first was unaware of herself as a coloured person. But in the ’70s, she embraced black consciousness and recently she’s been delving into her Khoisan heritage and identity, producing a book, a documentary and a dance/drama about it. By Andrea Vinassa