The Big Issue #250

  • 25 February to 20 March 2017


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Zuko Pholo

The Big Issue vendor Tsepo Philiso’s kindness, empathy and selflessness when helping others – without expecting any rewards – has earned him the respect of his fellow vendors and customers alike.

Zuko Pholo

Zuko Pholo, our Big Issue vendor of the month, is a dedicated young man who would move mountains to see himself succeed in the future.

Mzoxolo Mtila

Our vendor on the move, Mzoxolo Mtila, is an ambitious family man who wants nothing but the best for his children. He lets us know there’s more to him than being a Big Issue entrepreneur.

The no-meat millenials

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

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.

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

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.

A joy to the world

From rural Mpumalanga to the stages of Milan, Paris and New York in record time – opera star Pretty Yende’s journey from schoolgirl to international singing sensation is an inspiration for all young South Africans. Andrea Vinassa chatted to her on the phone during rehearsals in Paris.

10 things we need to do to tackle rape

Lisa Vetten, a gender-rights activist currently with the Wits City Institute at Wits University, tells The Big Issue what she thinks needs to happen to tackle the high levels of rape in our country.

The dirt-eaters – a stressful and dangerous addiction for many women

All over South Africa, women have developed taste for eating soil or clay and now packets of soil are being sold by street vendors alongside their usual products. SANDILE MBILI, BONTLE MOTSOENENG AND LINDIWE MSIBI report…

Dumping 4.3 million Samsung phones is an environmental disaster warns Greenpeace

[dc]Seoul, 1 November 2016 – Samsung’s lack of transparency on the disposal of Galaxy Note 7 leaves tonnes of precious minerals at risk of being discarded […]

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