The Big Issue #236
- October 23 to November 24, 2015
Social media has changed the way we eat, date, socialise, raise our children and navigate our daily lives. In this special report, we assess the social and psychological impact of an increasingly online existence.
From the Ebola epidemic to the refugee crisis, from Ukranian conflict to Nigerian kidnappings, the past year’s most powerful stories come to life in these images from the 2015 World Press Photo competition.
For more than 20 years, the Albinism Society of South Africa has provided support for people with albinism. We find out about a condition that’s often surrounded by stigma and superstition.
Domestic violence isn’t always physical. We explore the insidious world of emotional and economic abuse in South Africa, and find out what victims can do to reclaim their power – and their lives.
They say it’s better to give than to receive, but both can be equally rewarding when the gift supports a worthy cause. We found 10 holiday-season gifts that benefit people, animals, our country, our continent or our planet.
Xolani’s story: Xolani Nkomithyoboza is well known at The Big Issue office for his wide smile and energetic spirit. He always seems to be in a good mood, and that’s why he’s been selected as our November Vendor of the Month.
Bonginkosi’s story: Bonginkosi Namathelana has been a vendor for six years, on and off. He recently left The Big Issue for just over a year, as he had a full-time job. He returned in August, however, and is now in need of as many customer visits as he can get.
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