The Big Issue #297

  • The Big Issue #297 (22 June – 19 July 2021) is available from your favourite vendor across the city

Miss SA weighs in on mental health

“Physical violence from ­ adults – smacking, hitting and shoving – makes it harder to report bullying …” The Big Issue discovers how Miss SA is using her celebrity status to expose the behaviour that results in long-term mental health issues.

Kids online. What you don’t know … 

“I trust my child,” a parent once declared, eyes ablaze, when I enquired about her 10-year-old’s top-of-the-range all-access smartphone. “Yes,” I nodded. “But do you trust the internet?”

COVID-19 Art

Elaine Millin, our Vendor Art Facilitator hosts creative days for our vendors. Their artwork is for sale

Exploring the politics of identity 

Thania Petersen is the latest artist in residence at Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town. Her film Kassaram is being screened in her studio during her residency. Editor-in-Chief of Weekend Special, Karen Rutter, visits her in her new private space …

University of Crime

An intimate look inside Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison. Documentary photographer Bernadette McCabe takes us on a visual journey of the human side of prison depravity

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  • Agents of Change
  • City Life
  • Feature
  • News
  • Vendors

Vendors in the Hood – Cape Town CBD

Our friendly, persevering vendors buy their own magazines and sell them on to you, our readers. Vendors are easily recognisable in their blue, white and red bibs, sponsored by Warwick Wealth. 

Vendor Art

“Nature is not only all that is invisible to the eye…it also includes the inner picture of the Soul” – Edvard Munch

Find a Friendly vendor – Sea Point, Cape Town

Our vendors buy their own magazine stock and sell them on to you, our readers. Ever wonder what their hopes and dreams are?

What you don’t know about your child online

Social Media and children’s mental health

University of Crime

An intimate look inside Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison

Mental Health Mondays

The Big Issue discovers that Miss SA 2020 uses her celebrity status to confront all forms of bullying, exposing behaviour that culminates in long-term mental health issues.

Exploring the politics of identity

Karen Rutter, Editor-in-Chief of www.weekendspecial.co.za interviews multidisciplinary artist Thania Petersen.

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