The Big Issue #244

  • July 25 to August 24, 2016
Singer, “The Voice” TV show host, accountant, and all-round fabulous person, Lira talks to The Big Issue about how we have to completely believe in ourselves in order to get other people to believe in us too. Her own “big issue”? Youth empowerment – that’s where change and stability for the future will be found, she says.

Why is it that we suffer from such a high rate of rape? And why is it that casual sexism in language is so often overlooked and even encouraged? Sexist ways of thinking and speaking lead to those things becoming real, what protesting students recently called “rape culture”. Our article examines what is meant by that, asks men to come on board to fight it, and reflects that it’s a deep and pervasive problem that needs attention in many, many ways.

The much-loved “pocket rocket” of the Sevens team at the Rio Olympics talks to The Big Issue about his background in Kraaifontein and the fact that rugby is a family passion.

The Cape Town 567/702 radio psychologist talks about the childhood that made him, the important lessons he learnt then, his passion for surfing and his upcoming road trip.

Our new 4-page pull-out section for children. Aiming to encourage and develop scientific curiosity, it offers puzzles, discusses common questions that arise (for eg, “does a chameleon really change its colour to match the background?”), and this time shows children how to make their own volcano.

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Electric Cars: Will SA switch on?

The Tesla Model 3 is set to hit South Africa next year – but are our roads and drivers ready? And in a global market where at least one car company boss doesn’t want you to buy his electric vehicle, is there really a future for electric cars? Mark van Dijk finds out.

Poaching upsurge pushes pangolin extinction

Despite the arrests and long-term sentences passed on several Zimbabwean pangolin capturers, dealers and traffickers over the past year, conservationists believe the increased seizure of live pangolins, pangolin scales, […]

Free Wi-Fi on city busses

Free Wi-Fi has become a factor when it comes to deciding on a restaurant or café – but now the City of Cape Town hopes it […]

Big Issue video wins an award!

A video made by The Big Issue and Gravity, a local behavioural change agency, has won an international award. Centered around the idea of creating a […]

The Homeless World Cup

The Homeless World Cup The Homeless World Cup has begun! Since 2001, the Homeless World Cup and its partners have spread their wings to create a […]

Mandela Day

“It is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all.” On July 18th we celebrate the birth of Nelson Mandela. Mandela […]

Literary award shines light on gender issues

‘There is no question that misogyny and the hatred of ‘queer’ people are some of our biggest problems’ A new African literary award and anthology celebrates […]

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