The Big Issue Issue 295 2021

High quality, varied and entertaining content for readers across age, culture, religion, gender and other demographics. Stories include reporting on local and international happenings with a ‘bigger issue’ about an individual, and unusual news or events that impact us all. The Big Issue shares in-depth interviews with local and international celebrities, artists, change-makers and thought leaders. It also focuses on local people or organisations committed to making positive changes in society – intent on finding innovative ways to effect change.

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1 min.
can one person make a difference?

No one can dispute the powerful impact that can be made when people collectively pull through to effect change and make a difference in society. However, many movements begin with one willing individual who is courageous enough to look beyond his or her own fear, shut out the words of naysayers and push through the social, racial or economic boundaries that exist. This issue is dedicated to those individuals in various corners of our beautiful country who are quietly going about making a difference in their respective spheres of influence – often without financial backing or adequate resources. The lone rangers of our time. Sometimes all it takes is one mother’s sacrifice to secure the future of the generations to come (see page 4); one person to stand up for justice, equality…

1 min.
have your say

TBI #294: FREEDOM ISSUE I have just read, for the first time, some articles in this month’s Big Issue. I’m very impressed. – Zubeida Toefy TBI #294: HOMELESSNESS IS NOT A CRIME What about the rights of residents and ratepayers? These are the same by-laws applied in other metros but I don’t see a big fuss being made about that. So it’s now okay to defacate where one wants to, drink in public, harass people, etc.? Defacating on the street, pavement or park is not a right. Camping anywhere one wants to set a tent down is not right. Bathing in the nude for all to see in the open is not right. Strewing garbage and trash all over the public spaces is not right. Making fires in a built-up area, endangering property and the environment is not…

5 min.
remembering nofezile

My name is Thembisa Ndabeni, I am 28 years old. I am the youngest daughter of the late Nofezile Ndabeni, a lovely vendor who sold The Big Issue in Constantia for many years. I am a registered student at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and I am doing my advanced diploma in facility management. I live in Philippi with my sister’s six children; the eldest is in Grade 11 and the youngest is one year old. I am a mother, friend and aunt to them. We share everything together and support each other in everything that we do. We live alone because our dad lives in the Eastern Cape due to his health issues. Last December, The Big Issue family gave him a Zimmer frame to support his walking because…

2 min.
ambassadors for change

VENDOR SUCCESS Xoliswa Ntunta is a firm favourite with her Big Issue customers in Constantia. The 62-yearold grandmother lives in Site B, Khayelitsha with her four children and her late brother’s child. When Xoliswa joined the organisation in 2010, she started selling the magazine in Sea Point; then in 2018 she moved her pitch to Constantia Village Mall. Xoliswa is one of five vendors who are distributors of The Big Issue. Her fellow distributors are Bongani Pholo, who sells the magazine in Fish Hoek; Ntombekhaya Mhambi, whose pitch is in Claremont; Thabo Jamangile, who sells it at Tyger Valley Shopping Centre; and Siphokazi Magobiyane, whose pitch is in Cape Town’s CBD. Big Issue Office and Distributions Manager Penny Hawker-Mdingi, says the vendors are ideal distributors of the magazine because of their positive attitudes…

4 min.
tapestries of a mother’s legacy

For as long as I can remember, I have been a creative. My love for language has largely driven my career choices and eventually I found my calling as a teacher. Teaching is something I am completely passionate about; although it isn’t an easy profession, it’s definitely work that gives me deep satisfaction. Part of the reason I became a teacher was due to my own experiences at school and, more importantly, after school. I often felt I didn’t understand my purpose – and based on the questions I get from my learners every day, I believe that remains a hot topic for discussion. “Why do we have to learn how to solve x? Why do we need to know this?” Although I believe that the curriculum I teach every day is vital,…

6 min.
capturing our collective past

There are two things that you need to know about me. Firstly, even at the advanced age of 68, I have apples to peel with all four of my grandparents. Secondly, I have never been able to come to terms with the phenomenon of global poverty. About my grandparents – okay, I’m not really cross – I just have a deep sense of loss that they all passed before I was born. And that’s where this all started. The thing that troubled me most was that I had no idea what they looked like, except for John Roberts of Sayers Lane in Simon’s Town. One of my aunts had a picture of a football team, taken in the first decade of the 20th century. The guy in the middle I was told was Oupa…