The Big Issue #284

  • 20 March – 19 April 2020

Troopers for change

When entrepreneur Adam Fine launched Fives Futbol in 2010 at the age of 20, it was to uplift communities through sport in a sustainable way. Ten years later, he continues to do so and more. A decade later, Fives Futbol supports many causes and non-profit organisations (NPOs)in various fields, including education and female empowerment. One such organisation is Souper Troupers, a local NPO that aims to restore dignity to homeless people and help them reintegrate into society.

In the ring with Siv Ngesi

When entrepreneur Adam Fine launched Fives Futbol in 2010 at the age of 20, it was to uplift communities through sport in a sustainable way. Ten years later, he continues to do so and more. A decade later, Fives Futbol supports many causes and non-profit organisations (NPOs)in various fields, including education and female empowerment. One such organisation is Souper Troupers, a local NPO that aims to restore dignity to homeless people and help them reintegrate into society.

Under the seas

In October 2019, the ship Arctic Sunrise undertook an expedition to Mount Vema (a mountain below the surface of the Southeast Atlantic Ocean) to document and highlight the biodiverse sea life of the Seamount Protected Marine Area. The trip was a key leg of Greenpeace’s year-long Protect The Oceans campaign, which is an expedition from the North Pole to the South Pole. The Mount Vema expedition documented and showcased the richness of biodiversity, along with the threats posed to it by human activity, which include over-fishing, plastic pollution and the climate crisis.

Blood on our hands

Local celebrity Siv Ngesi poses the question: In a country where over a trillion rand has been illegally wasted by the elite in a single decade, are free sanitary products too much to ask?

“As an actor and media personality, I get to talk to many people about a variety of social issues. I have learned that some of the biggest challenges in our country today are made worse because people cannot, or will not, even name them, let alone speak openly about them. Religious and cultural bias means that so many perfectly natural things are seen as shameful and taboo. While South Africa has come a long way in recent times towards becoming a more progressive nation, we still have a long way to go,” says Siv.

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Troopers for Change

When entrepreneur Adam Fine launched Fives Futbol in 2010 at the age of 20, it was to uplift communities through sport in a sustainable way. Ten years later, he continues to do so and more.

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