The Big Issue #252

  • 20 September to 19 October 2018
Our #BigDebate this month is publishing, self-publishing in particular. Our debaters look at the pros and cons of traditional publishing versus self-publishing. This discourse is particularly pertinent to The Big Issue and who we are as an organisation. We are a self-published magazine playing in the traditional publishing space, with a unique and innovative way of using our selling channels (from the street directly to you through hundreds of vendors).

Look out for interviews with crime novelist Irna van Zyl and author Shirmoney Rhode. They share some of the lessons they learnt the hard way and talk to us about finding your voice as a writer, and more.

Talking about books, cyclist Grant Clark share his love for childhood literacy and details of his recent cycling trip from Cairo to Cape Town to raise funds and awareness for Shine Literacy.

If you love animals as much as we do, look out for the love story between a Gardens pensioner who looks after city cats, as well as our photo essay on birds of the world.

We’ve also 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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Sive Mondile

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Sive would appreciate any help in pursuing his dream of furthering his studies and obtaining his driver’s licence. If you would like to assist him, contact The Big Issue office on 021 461 6690 or email

Mzwanele Ntabankulu

Our vendor on the pitch, Mzwanele Ntabankulu, 32, sells The Big Issue in Campground Road, Rondebosch. He shares his hopes for himself and his five-year-old son, Sinawo.

The Franschhoek recycling stand-off

Jocelyn van der Ross is as indestructible as the items she recycles. She single-handedly started the first recycling project in Franschhoek in 2005 and, despite challenges, she refuses to crumble. The proverbial David, she has remained strong against a few Goliaths. We unearth the story behind Green Spot Recycling.

Changing the status quo

Tekkie Tax, a registered public benefit organisation (PBO), is empowering organisations and companies to change the way they raise and donate funds.

Joshua in wonderful Woodstock

When Cape Town photographer Joshua Rubin received his first camera as a childhood gift, it was love at first click. Today, the young photographer is just as fascinated about capturing the world around him.

Breaking bread with Nasiphi

In 2016, The Big Issue opened its doors to the next generation of entrepreneurs as part of its NextGen collaborative workspace initiative. Nasiphi Fazi, managing director of Break Bread Group and a NextGen beneficiary, talks to us about overcoming her fears and pursuing her dreams.

The Big Debate: Down to the last squeeze

Tanner Methvin, a partner at Impact Amplifier, and Claire Pengelly, a water analyst at GreenCape, discuss the current water crisis, potential business opportunities, and more.

The Big Issue: The great leak

With water savings foremost on everyone’s minds, it is tragic to see the gallons of water going to waste as a result of burst pipes and leakages.

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