The Big Issue #319

June – July 2023

The Big Issue #319 looks at the political climate in South Africa and the upcoming elections with independent candidate Zackie Achmat running for Parliament.

The magazine is available in South Africa, nationally, from select Spar, Pick n Pay and CNA stores, and street vendors across Cape Town CBD and suburbs.

From this issue:

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

A new leader

Zackie Achmat calls himself a movement builder, political activist and law reformer. He challenged and changed the horrifying AIDS negation by Thabo Mbeki of the ANC. Harvard reports that more than 330 000 people died prematurely from HIV/AIDS between 2000 and 2005 due to the Mbeki obstruction, and at least 35 000 babies were born with HIV infections that could have been prevented. Now Zackie wants to be South Africa’s first independent Member of Parliament and fight criminals. He is standing as an independent candidate for the National Assembly in 2024. The activist explains why.

Shack dwellers want ANC gone

Nelson Mandela Bay’s DA mayor delivered over 300 chemical toilets that are cleaned every second day, a protester tells ANC representatives. “All you want to do is loot,” says another.

Conservation the good news

Young people living around Kruger National Park are joining the wildlife economy in different ways.

Eskom – The suckling pig

André de Ruyter is not beholden to the ruling party. Thankfully so, because he gives us an honest account of his three years spent at the utility in his shocking memoir, Truth to Power.

Loud call of the wild

With roots deeply entrenched in the Zululand bushveld of northern KZN, Durban author Ashling McCarthy is in the throes of penning a wildlife crime series focusing on the stories behind the animal poaching crisis. Her first two books in The Poacher’s Moon Crime Series are Down at Jika Jika Tavern, and The Leopard in the Lala. They delve into the deep underworld of illicit trade in protected species, offering a myriad of perspectives into this complex issue.


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