The Big Issue #294

  • The Big Issue #294 (20 March 2021 – 19 April 2021) is available from your favourite vendor across the city.

A question of liberty

While there is still much to done to achieve true freedom for all South Africans, media veteran Ryland Fisher shares why we have reason to celebrate.

Careful what you wish for

Former newspaper editor Gasant Abarder reflects on past fantasies about freedom and the imperfections that come with living in a democracy.

Living without chaos

South African social philosopher and poet Athol Williams weighs up the cost of unfettered chaos.

Being homeless isn’t a crime

Jonty Cogger, an attorney at activist organisation Ndifuna Ukwazi, makes a case for protecting the basic human freedoms of homeless people in South Africa.

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Ambassadors for change

Big Issue vendors Xoliswa Ntunta, Bongani Pholo, Thabo Jamangile, Siphokazi Magobiyane and Ntombekhaya Mhambi are doing the organisation proud as dedicated distributors of the magazine.

Klein Karoo’s pride project

Oudtshoorn born designer and entrepreneur Nathaniël Rabie recently started a passion project involving T-shirts branded with the names of local neighbourhoods, and it is taking off “like wildfire”.

Capturing our collective past

Pringle Bay resident Brendon Roberts has started a journey to create a global family album that will feature and caption photos taken between 1900 and 1999.

Tapestries of a mother’s legacy

Ruschka Jaffer, daughter of respected South African journalist, activist and author Zubeida Jaffer, introduces Number10 Publishers, which she co-founded to preserve her mother’s legacy.

Living without chaos

South African social philosopher and poet Athol Williams weighs up the cost of unfettered chaos.

Being homeless isn’t a crime

Jonty Cogger, an attorney at activist organisation Ndifuna Ukwazi, makes a case for protecting the basic human freedoms of homeless people in South Africa.

A question of liberty

While there is still much to done to achieve true freedom for all South Africans, media veteran Ryland Fisher shares why we have reason to celebrate.

Careful what you wish for

Former newspaper editor Gasant Abarder reflects on past fantasies about freedom and the imperfections that come with living in a democracy.

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