The Big Issue #266

  • 20 September to 19 October 2018
Madiba’s centenary brings a spark of light to a chaotic post-apartheid South Africa. We’re featuring SA’s top press photographers in this issue, all of whom had the honour of working with and photographing Mandela during his life.

There’s a humanitarian boldness that’s both visually and literally apparent in the pictures and stories of the top press photographers who journeyed by Madiba’s side. His iconic humility and humour touched our hearts. We can only hope and wish that this type of empathic awareness is carried into the spirit of South Africans to help our nation evolve.

Cape Town’s World of Monkey Sanctuary and Wildlife Park is in a crisis. The 45-year old animal rehabilitation concern is threatened with closure for several reasons and it’s an issue. There are a few simple things you can do to help.

Find out how Australian tap phenomenon TapDogs grew from a simple backyard act to an international phenomenon. They visit Cape Town in August and there are free tickets up for grabs.


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Zola Sawula

Vendor on the pitch Zola Sawula, sells The Big Issue in York Road, Green Point. He talks about his appreciation for his customers and how he loves being an entrepreneur.

Evoking Orange

Evoking Orange The Big Issue art and writing classes are offered by Elaine Millin, and form part of the organisation’s development programme for vendors. Talented, marginalised […]

Mziwethemba Tinzi

Vendor of the month Mziwethemba Tinzi, 51, shares his experiences in the hospitality and tourism industry with us. He sells the magazine on Newlands Avenue.

Captured by the lens

A handful of South Africa’s bravest press photographers brought our nation, and the world, the images that now form part of our history.

Take a different turn

Few visitors venture off the beaten N2 into Knysna’s rainforest. Justin Fox opts for the Forest Timber Camping Decks at Diepwalle over the Garden Route’s tourist glitz.

Tapping Entertainment

Here’s how Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs has made the stomping, spinning rhythm of tap dance into a smash hit.

Find your true north for cake

Soet Society Café in Durbanville is a wonderland of delicious cakes fresh from the kitchen.

To the rescue …

Meet the cutest characters behind the scenes at World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park in Hout Bay.

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