The Big Issue #278

  • 20 August to 19 September 2019­­­­

Our main story this month looks into the issue of fining homeless people and the outcry it has sparked in the city (page 14). Let us know your thoughts on the matter.

We also profile the exceptional work of U-turn Homeless Ministries, an organisation that works to rehabilitate and reintegrate individuals into communities (page 16).

On a lighter note, funny man Stuart Taylor has had audiences in stitches for two decades. Find out how he does it on page 10.

Look out for the feature on St John in Fish Hoek, which provides affordable community health training and care to surrounding communities (page 26). St John has a 136-year legacy of compassion in South Africa. The Fish Hoek branch has been around since 1976.

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Shining bright

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust

Doreen Dyidi

Any parent will tell you that caring for your children is a great responsibility, and never easy. Doreen Dyidi, 52, this month’s vendor on the pitch, is determined to give her kids a head start in life.

Uproar over fines against homeless

The City of Cape Town has come under fire by some sectors of society over its controversial move to fine homeless people living on the streets of Cape Town.

St John’s legacy of compassion

St John, a registered non-profit organisation, has been providing affordable community health training and care to South African communities for 136 years.

Taylor-ed for fun

He’s one of South Africa’s best loved sons of comedy. Having endeared himself to television audiences during SABC’s popular Going Nowhere Slowly show, veteran stand-up Stuart Taylor has delivered on his mission to provide laughter, fun and joy. We dissect how he keeps “spreading those good vibes”.

Changing lives

While many people in society regard homeless people as a nuisance, U-turn Homeless Ministries is giving people who live on the streets a second chance at life.

Zuko Pholo

Zuko Pholo, our Big Issue vendor of the month, is a dedicated young man who would move mountains to see himself succeed in the future.

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