The Big Issue #255

  • 25 July to 24 August 2017
August is Women’s Month, and who can really say that their lives have not been touched by women in one way or the other?

In this issue, we highlight the contributions of women from every corner of the globe. From the female inmates in America who are rehabilitating rescued animals, to Nicola Vernon, who is a community activist in Greyton, and the inspirational Shaheema McCleod, director of the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Abused Women and Children in Manenberg. We hope you find as much inspiration in their stories as we have.

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 Ntobeko Makuala, Batsirai Jorofani and Mqondeni Nofatyelana, and showcase a selection of vendor art pieces, which were inspired by music.

Thank you to all those who supported The Big Issue Winter Drive. Look out for Mandela Day pictures in our next issue.

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Mqondeni Nofatyelana

Vendor on the pitch, Mqondeni Nofatyelana (33), sells The Big Issue at Riverside Mall in Rondebosch. He shares his hopes for the future and his passion for sports.

Batsirai Jorofani

Vendor of the month, Batsirai Jorofani (35) sells The Big Issue at Longbeach Mall, Fish Hoek. He shares his life journey and his passion for art.

Nurturing young talent

At The Big Issue, we do more than just empower our vendors to be successful entrepreneurs. We also support their children’s personal development by exposing them to new opportunities

Afrikan in motion

Cape Town documentary photographer Yasser Booley talks to us about finding his passion, searching for the perfect shot, and travelling halfway across the African continent using nothing but public transport.

The pearl of the Boland

From recipes passed down over generations to old buildings and even older stories; cascading waterfalls and acclaimed wines, my weekend love a air with picturesque Paarl was unashamedly overindulgent.

The queen of graffiti

Having made an indelible mark on many walls in Cape Town, Nardstar* is kicking every stereotype about female street artists to the curb, from Mitchell’s Plain to Paris and back again.

Making waves for climate change

Having covered nearly 15 000km over the past decade, Braam Malherbe has certainly doing more than one thing to help save our planet. The conservationist shares tales from his most recent earth-saving expedition.

Teenage change agents

From rhino conservationists and entrepreneurs to ballerinas and community workers, kids in Cape Town do amazing things. We caught up with some of the city’s young shooting stars.

Is the internet making us dumber?

John Stupart, newsletters editor at the Daily Maverick, and Keri Leicher, political and country risk senior associate at S-RM, discuss the spread of fake news and its dangers.

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