The Big Issue #272

  • 20 February to 19 March 2019­­­­
Fires are merciless and spread within minutes. They can never be underestimated. In this issue, we highlight the recent blazes in the Overberg region (page 12) and profile a social enterprise that’s helping to prevent fires in informal settlements (page 16). 

Big Issue journalist Lungisa Mnqwazi shares his experiences of living with the constant threat of shack fires in Masiphumelele, near Fish Hoek (page 15); and a big shout-out to CapeNature for allowing us to use its iconic ‘bokkie’ image on our front cover. Who can forget the old ‘bokkie’ poster?

On a lighter note, we celebrate the efforts of our Big Issue champions, Jeremy and Nicole Olivier (page 32) and Candice Dorman (page 34), who have made a difference in the lives of our valued vendors. We invite all our readers to partner with us and help change vendors’ lives for the better.


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Candice pays it forward

When it comes to The Big Issue Vendors, Betty’s Bay resident Candice Dorman is leading the way through her various acts of kindness.

Bongani’s wheels of furtune

Big Issue vendor Bongani Pholo received the surprise of his life when two loyal readers recently gave him their pre-owned van

Beyond the blaze

Words by: Lungisa Mnqwazi

What do you do when everything you own goes up in flames, quite literally? The ever-present threat of losing everything in a fire is part of daily life in Cape Town’s Masiphumelele informal settlement.

Kamva Goso defies all odds

Words by: Lungisa Mnqwazi

Kamva Goso, 18, from Philippi is living proof that township schools can produce some of our country’s top achievers. We recently caught up with the young genius who achieved top marks in the 2018 final matric examination.


Words by: Alicia English

In 2017, after over 20 years in the corporate world, Gadija Gamieldien took a leap of faith to start her own online platform, CookHalaal. She tells us about the twists and turns on her journey.

A platter full of hope

Words: Mila Crewe-Brown

How a hand-painted platter has become a symbol of change thanks to the family of a kidney transplant patient.

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