The Big Issue #270

  • 23 November to January 2019­­­­
Our bumper edition is a 64-page turner: 25 city voices include insights and opinions from South African media owners, authors, performers and creatives.

PLUS enter to WIN 1-of-4 copies of Zapiro’s new book Let the Sunshine In and a delicious cookbook just in time for the holidays, 1-of-2 copies of Jenny Morris’s Yumcious

Highlights include words by performer Pieter Dirk Uys who shares aspects of his life without the make-up and glitter.

Another entertainer doing interesting things is David Kramer with his new musical Langarm.

Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Vusi Thembekwayo opinioin piece tells it like it is.

Also, read about Stacey Fru, the youngest girl in Africa to write a book (at 9-years old).

Don’t miss articles from media moguls Sumien Brink and Adriaan Basson and of course, our fascinating vendor stories. Without our vendors, there’d be no magazine.


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James Tom

“Growing up in Nyanga was and still is not easy. You must try by all means to be a better person and rise above the crime and poverty that cloud the place, while still putting food on the table at the end of the day for your family. I’m a father to four children, and selling this magazine and living a crime-free life have provided for my children,” he says.

Hendricks Booysen

Hendricks, 47, sells The Big Issue around District Six and entrepreneurship is nothing new to him, as he once owned a videography business.

So, what do you actually do?

Pieter-Dirk Uys steps out from behind the makeup.

Building an inclusive South Africa

Stanley Henkeman, executive director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, discusses his life and work.

City of contradictions

Never mind the gangs from the Cape Flats, the super-rich ones, who don’t always look the part, are living the life in Clifton, Camps Bay and Constantia.

Meet Africa’s youngest writer

Fun-loving, bubbly Stacey Fru is just 11 years old and she’s Africa’s youngest writer of chapter books. She chatted to The Big Issue about her young yet illustrious life.

Dancing the Langarm  

Those who’re old enough will remember David Kramer as the Volkswagen guy in the 1983 advert for the VW Microbus.

Make it BIG.

Sumien Brink shares her favourite photo shoot of 2018. Simone Stiglingh and Kholisa Thomas had fun with giant animal pieces from design brand Kare, which opened store in Johannesburg earlier this year.

Positive from the negative: Theo Booysen

Violently assaulted by his father when he was eight, Theo Booysen (18) spent time in foster care, where he learnt not to give up. Becoming a role model to his younger brother, Theo grew to understand that his value as a human is far greater than what his father showed him. This is his story.

Don’t settle! : Vusi Thembekwayo

Meet Vusi Thembekwayo: global speaker, venture capitalist, Dragon’s Den star and disruptor.

Solomon’s star on the rise

The Big Issue entrepreneur Solomon Masoso (39) holds a certificate in community health work from Kayamandi Elderly College.

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