The Big Issue #254

  • 25 June to 24 July 2017
Our The Big Issue Winter Drive is in motion, and we invite all our readers to round up their relatives and friends to knit scarves, blankets and beanies for our valued vendors. Our aim is to have all our vendors sporting your fluffy creations on Tuesday, 18 July, which is International Mandela Day. See page 20 for more details on how you can get involved.

Look out for our main feature on teenage change agents Hunter Mitchel, 10, who is raising funds for rhino conservation, and Avantika Naidoo, 16, who raises awareness and funds on behalf of Project Dignity, an organisation that provides sanitary wear to young girls in disadvantaged communities. We also feature three teenage entrepreneurs from Langa, and an aspiring ballerina who is dancing her way to the top.

Conservationist Braam Malherbe shares tales from his most recent earth-saving expedition, which saw him rowing from from Cape Town to Rio. Meanwhile, documentary photographer Yasser Booley talks to us about finding his passion, and travelling halfway across Africa using nothing but public transport.

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.

And, what would an issue be without our valued Big Issue vendors? This month, we speak to vendors Zamikhaya France and Nancy Mngqelana, and showcase a selection of vendor art pieces, which were inspired by music.

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Zestful Zamikhaya

Our vendor of the month, Zamikhaya France, 36, sells The Big Issue at the Constantia Village shopping centre. He’s an ambitious, happy person who loves his work.

We need your help

We need your help The Big Issue appeals to all public space and shopping mall owners, managers and operators in the greater Cape Metro area to […]

The Big Issue Winter Drive

Help us spread some winter warmth in support of this year’s Mandela Day, which is on Tuesday, 18 July. Get out your wool and needles and start knitting blankets, scarves or beanies, which will be donated to all our valued Big Issue vendors.

Inside the cradle of creativity

Inside the cradle of creativity – 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and International Theatre Festival for Children and Young Audiences recently turned the spotlight on creating access to the arts in Africa.

The tale of 67 blankets

Carolyn Steyn, philanthropist and founder of 67 Blankets, shares how one challenge to knit a blanket in honour of the late president Nelson Mandela has grown into a global movement, and changed her life forever.

Can Kobus bounce back

Kobus Smith, a Big Issue vendor who recently stopped selling The Big Issue magazine at Canal Walk Mall, Century City, hopes to be at a selling point in Milnerton soon.

Buhle’s cinema in a box

Buhle Sithela is a young entrepreneur who is not waiting for his big break to come before bringing change to his community. He is using innovation to bring the big screen and big change to audiences in Khayelitsha.

Rhinos in the city

The spectacular ‘The Rhinos Are Coming!!!’ outdoor art exhibition has returned to the city to raise funds to help stop rhino poaching.

Escape to Wellington

Ever considered adding the town of Wellington to your bucket list? If not, take a cue from Ingrid Jones, who took a road trip to this historic town.

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