The Big Issue #259

  • 20 September to 19 October 2018
Our vendors will be working extra hard during December to generate the income they need to provide for their families over the holiday season. Many of the Big Issue entrepreneurs aim to sell additional magazines over this period in order to visit their families in other provinces around the country.

In previous years, we’ve published a collector’s edition in December, featuring outstanding South African figures. This year, we’ve decided to take a different approach with our bumper year-end edition. We’re taking a look at what the holidays mean and how we can all help out to spread the festive cheer. We have everything from beach reads for every family member to Christmas shopping with a difference.

Look out for details of our Big Issue Back-to-School Drive, in aid of our vendors’ children (see page 9).


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Zeid Mohammed Yusuf

Zeid Mohammed Yusuf (26), our vendor on the pitch, sells The Big Issue near the post office in Simon’s Town. We find out what he plans to get up to this summer.
Words and photography: Yonga Balfour

Jacques Pauw The President’s Keepers

In his exposé revealing the deeprooted, widespread corruption and state capture that plagues the South African government, Jacques Pauw has identified the cabal that eliminates President Jacob Zuma’s enemies and purges government of upstanding officials. The following extract from a chapter of The President’s Keepers deals with Cape Town gangster Mark Lifman and how SARS, under the leadership of Tom Moyane, let him off the hook for his R388-million tax bill.

Zip Zap’s Going Places

Since its inception in 1992, the Zip Zap Academy has been inspiring young people through the art of circus acrobatics. The academy recently relocated to Salt River.

Phelelani, lord of the rings

Circus performer Phelelani Ndakroka has captured the hearts of audiences around the globe. The dynamic acrobat shares his inspiring journey.


Join Justus Visagie as he heads towards the Northern Cape to drive one of South Africa’s less-traversed mountain passes.

Frida to the rescue

Among the devastation of the recent earthquake in Mexico, there seems to be very little for which to be thankful. But Frida, a rescue dog who works within the Mexican Navy dog unit, has become an inspirational fi gure thanks to her heroic rescue efforts in the aftermath of the natural disaster.

Birds, bananas and boda bodas

Cape Town photographer Gerhard Pretorius recently realised his lifelong dream of going gorilla trekking in Uganda. While coming face to face with the country’s big apes was the highlight of his trip, he couldn’t resist capturing the natural beauty and nuances of life in Uganda.

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