The Big Issue #264

  • 20 May to 19 June 2018
In this issue, South African journalists Ruda Landman and Lukhanyo Calata let us into their world as newsmakers.

Be sure not to miss out on our cover story with Sir David Attenborough. At 91, he is one of the world’s greatest broadcasters, not to mention adventurers and naturalists, of all time.

Talking about cover stories, our previous cover certainly caught the attention of several readers who rightly pointed out that there are no polar bears in the Antarctic Peninsula. We exercised our creative license and ran with the image of a polar bear with penguins, as this animal is the popular poster child of our frozen northern wilderness, and there is no such poster child for the Antarctic Peninsula, which is just as much under threat as the North Pole.


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Sherman Permall

Vendor Sherman Permall is determined to secure a brighter future. In this issue, he shares his experience and hopes with us.

Mjongeni Malanti

We often hear stories of mothers being single parents, but Mjongeni Malanti (53), is a single father who is defying all stereotypes when it comes to raising his children on his own.

Michael van der Walt

When Michael van der Walt started selling The Big Issue last year, it was love at first sell. The 62-year-old relocated from Soshanguve near Pretoria early last year and now lives in a shelter for the homeless in District Six (Zonnebloem).

Natural Wonder

Sir David Attenborough is using his famous voice to turn the world’s attention to a part of the planet that urgently needs our help: the oceans.

The Unrestricted News Authority

During almost 20 years on our screens as an anchor and journalist for Carte Blanche, veteran media personality Ruda Landman saw it all. The only constant, she reminds us, is change. And the best way to keep forging forward is to embrace it and ride the wave.

Instrument of Change

Journalist Lukhanyo Calata is a newsmaker in more ways than one. We speak to him about his book My Father Died for This, in which he and his wife Abigail document the Calata family’s legacy.

Adopting the Trashtag

The #zerowaste movement, first launched on Instagram, is 800 000 posts strong and counting. As South Africans join the eco-revolution, the concept of recycling and banning waste is becoming part of our daily lives.

House of H’s recipe for success

Dreams do come true. Just ask Heinrich Koen, whose quirky House of H restaurant is making delicious waves in Cape Town culinary circles.

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