The Big Issue #251

  • 25 March to 24 April
Dam levels in the Western Cape are at an all time low. This month, we investigate how burst water pipes and leakages have contributed to our current water crisis. Two guest writers also discuss the current water crisis, potential business opportunities, and more.

Talking about environmental matters, we turn the spotlight on Jocelyn van der Ross, who single-handedly started the first recycling project in Franschhoek, and her battle to stay in business.

On a lighter note, we’ve included our latest selection of books, tell you what you can expect during the upcoming Infecting the City art festival, and rounded up a variety of things to see and do to help you unwind. Don’t forget to pull out our Little Issue feature and share it with your kids. We wouldn’t want your children to miss out on any of the fun.


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Thembakazi Sabile

Our vendor of the month, Thembakazi Sabile (29), sells The Big Issue on Buitengracht Street in the city centre. She shares her excitement about completing a nursing course after juggling school and work.

Kobus Smith

Kobus Smith "I wish that the Canal Walk centre management would reconsider its decision, as my government grant isn’t enough. I also wish to see my […]

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.

Education: You can run your own business

More and more women are taking on the big challenge of building new businesses from the ground up. They’re highly skilled and motivated, and they are helping South Africa’s economy grow.

Global News: Street talk

In a special #VendorWeek feature for 2017, three street paper sellers share what makes their part of the world unique. Pictured with some iconic landmarks in the background, they reveal their biggest achievements, the challenges they face, and how selling a street paper has changed their lives.

Big Issue: Business with a Conscience

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

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