The Big Issue #260

  • 20 September to 19 October 2018
Our theme for this issue is “Neighbourhoods of the Worlds”. Thanks to contributions from the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards, we catch a glimpse into neighbourhoods from around the globe, including Cape Town and Havana, Cuba (see page 4). Each photograph tells its own story.

If you’re a nature lover, look out for our wildlife photography (see page 16). Our stunning cover image of a puffin with a mouthful of sand eels was captured by Nigel Hodson on a trip to Skomer Island in Wales.

We also reached out to several local photographers (see page 14) and artists (see page 22) who graciously granted us access into communities that they’ve captured in recent years. We hope that you will be as intrigued and delighted by their work as we have been.


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Xoliswa Ntunta

Vendor of the month, Xoliswa Ntunta (59), sells the big issue on the corner of fort and main roads in sea point. She shares her journey with the magazine.

Lindiwe Khihlana

We get to know vendor on the pitch, lindiwe khihlana (24), who sells the big issue magazine on campground road in rondebosch.

Mkhululi’s bags of hope

Big Issue entrepreneur Mkhululi Magqabi sells the magazine and his colourful handstitched cooking bags opposite the River Club in Observatory. He recently received a special handup from a loyal Big Issue reader.

Smile, the beloved country

When winter ushers in spring, a road trip from Cape Town via the N2 through the Overberg towards the Garden Route and Hessequa district is a study in impressionism

Marc Lottering

Comedian Marc Lottering needs no introduction. Fans are in for a comic treat this festive season as he takes to the stage in Aunty Merle: The Musical at the Baxter Theatre. We catch up with Marc and Aunty Merle to chat about their plans for the holidays.

There never has been a better time to support these great organisations than now.

For many South Africans, Christmas and charity are inextricably linked – almost as much as Christmas and gifting. It makes sense, then, to combine these two activities to cross things off your Christmas shopping list and support a worthy cause at the same time.

Magical Morocco

Cape Town photographer and Big Issue designer Achmat Booley recently went on an unforgett able journey through Morocco where he captured the people, architecture and colourful tapestries of this mesmerising destination.

Unsiloed art

Once the tallest building in sub-Saharan Africa, the grain silo complex in the V&A Waterfront has stood empty for the better part of 20 years. Now, thanks to the vision of Jochen Zeitz and Thomas Heatherwick, this historic landmark has new reason to stand tall.

Travel with a purpose

Voluntourism is one of the fastest-growing trends in the travel sector. Voluntourists flock to South Africa’s shores every year to invest their time, skills and money into vulnerable communities and nature conservation.

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