The Big Issue #267

  • 20 September to 19 October 2018
If you’re concerned about what’s lurking in our oceans – no, not sharks – then you need to read our exclusive ‘Catch of the Day’ feature article to stay informed.

The problem is plastic in our seawater and food systems, and it’s escalating. At this stage, we’re headed for disaster, and it’s an issue that’s not going to go away.

Back to the mainland – we follow KFM’s Liezel van der Westhuizen further afield, along a bumpy path up the Himalayas! Find out why. For some comic relief, read opinion pieces by our Big Issue founder Lord John Bird and SA columnist Ben Trovato, plus lots more.


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Observing “inner” seasons

Observing “inner” seasons The Big Issue art and writing classes are offered by Elaine Millin, and form part of the organisation’s development programme for vendors. Talented, […]

Ntombovuyo Cekiso

I am a reserved person; I like to keep to myself.

Naureen Handricks

Bubbly Naureen Handricks, a 65-year-old mother of four, is our vendor of the month and sells The Big Issue opposite Maynard Mall in Wynberg.

One of the litter

A brush with daytime television has John Bird questioning the future of art … and the revolution.

Catch of the day – plastic oceans

“Miracle material!” says Erik Solheim, head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). While this may be true in some cases, the continued ambiguity towards plastic in our society is clear. And the damage is devastating.

Roving Bantu Kitchen

Travelling to Joburg? Stop off for some township-style food in an authentic setting for an experience that’ll bring you back to reality.

The road may be bumpy …

After breaking her pelvis, TV and radio personality Liezel van der Westhuizen is facing one of her toughest challenges to date. She’s so much more than a pretty picture.

Talent and a pen …

How does she do it? Illustrator and lecturer Mieke van der Merwe draw with a Rotring pen from direct observation.


Hell yes. Nadia Krige discovers, after lacing up a pair of ugly old hiking boots, that the 240km journey along the Camino de Santiago in Portugal is as healing as ancient pilgrims claim.

Empathy for animals

A new, light-hearted anthology profiles different creatures while revealing their near-humanlike frailties.

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