The Big Issue Issue 297 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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11 Números

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1 min.
ed’s letter

Old school, new school Walking through a fancy school library recently, I observed a large group of kids ‘hanging out’. In the group on that particular afternoon, only one child was surrounded by books, actively working. Her blazer was healthily decorated, a suit of armour bedazzled with accolades. The others were on smart devices – no books in sight – ‘safely’ hooked up to the school intranet. Unseen, I circled a cluster of boys huddled over a smartphone. The attraction? A video of a schoolgirl, unaware of being filmed, with the lens of a smartphone pointed her skirt. Can we actually police what really happens with kids online? Expert on social media law and founder of The Digital Law Company, Emma Sadleir gives some real answers … (page 14). Then, our…

1 min.
social media rules for you, your child and your teenager

• If you wouldn’t put it on a billboard don’t put it anywhere. It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five seconds to ruin it. • What you need to understand is, being popular on social media is like being rich in Monopoly. It doesn’t mean anything at all.” • If you’re not an influencer making money out of social media, set your account to private. You’ll gain greater respect it. • Having a lot of followers on Instagram does NOT make you nicer, kinder, smarter or better than anyone else. EVER. • When you meet someone online, FaceTime them. Make sure they are who they say they are. If they don’t want to do this, it’s a red flag. • Not everybody online is to be trusted, even if it looks like…

1 min.
have your say

YOUR FACEBOOK POSTS Sandra Visser - I’m so glad you brought the books page back for the current issue [May]. The previous guest-edited ones were very informative but all the articles were really heavy reading. Nice to have something lighter in between. Iona Sacks – What I like about The Big Issue is it’s a hand up, not a handout. Paula Goffe-wood – The March issue was really so interesting, so important; the articles were enlightening. I read it a couple of times over. Our Vendor Art Facilitator, Elaine Millin, took some of our vendors’ children out to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Carden – most had never had the opportunity to visit this local treasure before. There they had fun working with clay, creating their masterpieces. Elaine says, “It is a pleasure to not…

1 min.
find a friendly vendor

The pandemic and a move to digital media has made our vendors’ lives extremely gruelling. They stand for hours at a time on the street. Each vendor has a personal story, and a life that matters; each has tenacity, perseverance and mental strength that is praiseworthy. Meet two of our lovely Sea Point vendors. Who? Shadrack Rolihlahla (Vendor number: 0954). Where? Corner of Main Road and Glengariff Road, Sea Point. From? Lives in Delft. Has sold The Big Issue for almost 23 years. He joined the magazine in September 1998. Dream job? Driver. Hopes and dreams? To build a life with his wife and daughter through The Big Issue. Shadrak hopes that one day he will receive his claim from the Road Accident Fund, which he has been fighting to get for 21 years now.…

3 min.
who took the photo?

YOUTH DAY PROTECTING KIDS Late photographer, Dr Sam Nzima, is known around the world for taking the photograph of the dying Hector Pieterson during the Soweto uprising 44 years ago on 16 June 1976. The famous image shows the tragic scene of Soweto schoolboy Mbuyisa Makhubu carrying a wounded Hector Pieterson with Hector’s sister Antoinette Sithole running beside them. From day one, the photograph became a global symbol of the anti-apartheid struggle, honouring young South Africans by bringing attention to their needs but Sam’s work hurt him deeply. He was forced to hide away due to pressure from apartheid security police. While copyright of the photograph was owned by the Argus Group of newspapers, Sam spent 22 years trying to get the rights to his image, eventually succeeding in 1998. Sam’s son…

2 min.
the scent of a new book

Ougat: From A hoe into a housewife and then some by Shana Fife, Jonathan Ball Publishers By the time Shana Fife is 25, she has two kids from different fathers. She is alone and has no job, and she is constantly reminded about this fact by her family. She feels pretty much worthless and unlovable. Glaringly honest and unsettlingly blunt, this is a story about surviving sexual violence and depression, and the social conditioning of Shana’s Cape Flats community, and ultimately escaping a cycle of abuse. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave, TPB Publishing Before Owen Michaels disappears, he manages to smuggle a note to his new wife Hannah. Owen needs her to protect his 16-year-old daughter Bailey who lost her mother tragically as a child. But Bailey wants nothing…