Mine to school conversion

A visionary social entrepreneur transforms a derelict mining site into a thriving hub.

‘Shear’ determination leads to ‘woolly’ wins

South Africans really know how to bring home the bacon! We know how rough it can be living here, what with ‘tough times never last but tough people do’ and all that. It’s said that the harshest conditions shape the best competitors. Like diamonds, South Africans are proving themselves by far, to be some of the best in the world. Here we celebrate sheep-shearing – it’s competitive!

Meet Mural Artist Nardstar

Nardstar has gained international recognition as a mural artist, illuminating spaces with her talent. The Big Issue chatted with her about her latest projects.

Last meal Macabre

If you were to choose one final meal, what would it be? Would you pick a classic steak and baked potato or try something you’ve never tasted? In A Year of Killing, world renowned photographer, Henry Hargreaves, explores how food connects us all and what our choices of food say about us as people.

Featured Vendors

Vendors of the month:

5 minutes with Batsi Jorofani

I paint to reflect the beauty I see and feelings I experience. Most of my art I paint from imagination and memories. I enjoy experimenting with the play of light in a painting and the use of warm, cool and hot colours of the paint helps me express my interpretation of the subject – be it figures, landscapes or floral studies.

In This Issue

Please work with us

The Big Issue stands for upliftment of those who are marginalised in society. Our Social Worker, Melody Gombakoma, updates us on the welfare of our vendors and their start to the new year. If you would like to support our vendors, contact Melody at Any assistance would by greatly appreciated.

From Previous Issues

BIG ISSUE scam crime report back

All necessary investigations have been conducted by key role players in the cyber scam: Standard Bank (our bank), First National Bank (scammer’s account), anti-cybercrime forensic specialists Wolfpack Information Risk, SAPS, our auditor and our insurer. To prevent a repeat of this crime, we have installed new software on all work devices, which is able to detect malicious inbound and outbound emails.

An Urgent Appeal

The Big Issue has been dealt a blow after an email scam where cybercriminals have stolen limited funds. This specific type of fraud is known as a ‘hacker scam’. We are appealing to the public for assistance where possible …

Agents of change

Mine to school conversion

A visionary social entrepreneur transforms a derelict mining site into a thriving hub.

Soup Saviours

Hundreds of people are fed twice weekly at Mavuso Gqola’s soup kitchen in Mfuleni, Cape Town. People of all ages come from Mfuleni and surrounding townships to queue, sometimes for hours. For some, it is their only meal of the day. The provincial Department of Social Development says this is one of 68 Community Nutrition and Development Centres supported by the department in the Western Cape.

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