Blouberg Beach Cleanup

Blouberg Beach Cleanup

Whats Up loves to give credit where it is due and in this write-up we would like to thank a group of folks who dedicate one Saturday a month to cleaning our beaches and encourage you to take part in awesome initiatives such as this. The Blouberg Beach Cleanup community motto is “Stop complaining about litter and start doing something!” The next Blouberg Beach cleanup is being arranged for the 15th of September 2012. They are hoping to get a few groups of people together to commit to cleaning certain stretches of beach all the way from Lagoon Beach to Melkbos. If you would like to get involved or get a few people together, please contact Greg directly he will allocate a spot to you. Another real bone of contention for these good                  

Cycle Africa arrive in Cape Town tomorrow at 4pm at the V&A

Cycle Africa London to Cape Town

Almost here, the Cycle Africa team arrives in Cape Town tomorrow from London after 364 gruelling days in the saddle, 29 countries and 15000 kilometres! Cycle Africa is an unsupported bicycle journey from London, England to Cape Town, South Africa. The route has taken the team of six friends through 29 countries through Europe, the Middle East and Africa, a distance of over 15,000 km’s. The team left Russell Square in London on 7 August 2011, and have managed to stick to their estimated arrival, 1 year later in Cape Town tomorrow the 7th of August 2012. Having traveled over two-and-a-bit continents, through deserts, over mountains, at a pace that allowed them to truly experience the countries and meet people along the way. This                  

‘Reach For Your Slippers’ this Friday

3 August 2012 Reach fro your slippers campaign

Roll out of bed, slip on your stokies and wear them to work or school this Friday 3rd August 2012 for an amazing cause - generating warm wishes for children suffering from life-threatening diseases. Reach for a Dream gained inspiration in 1988 from the American version Make-A-Wish Foundation... and so the journey of dream fulfilment began. The organisation defined its core purpose as “fulfilling the dreams of children of any race, colour and creed between the ages of 3 and 18 faced with a life-threatening illness.” Last year Reach for a Dream raised an incredible R175, 000 for the KwaZulu-Natal region and this year the project goes national. All you have to do is buy your 'Slipper Sticker' from any Miladys store for R10 and wear                  

Happy Birthday Madiba, 18 July 2012

Mandela Day 18 July 2012

"The overall objective of today - Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better,  and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere." “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.” We are humbled to see the world on the interweb this morning united and standing together for a great cause celebrating Madiba, his influence on us of encouragement to being a better person by doing good. Mandela Day is all about giving and let’s face it, Nelson Mandela fought for social justice for 67 years - he's asking us to start with a mere 67 minutes.  67 minutes of your time is nothing in                  

You’re gonna get lucky this Friday the 13th!

An exlusive interview with the Dalai Lama

  Friday the 13th may be an unlucky day for some, but for vendors of The Big Issue South Africa it’s sure to be a windfall of a day as they hit the streets armed with an edition featuring an exclusive cover interview with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The now 76-year-old Dalai Lama gave the interview and rare photo shoot to the International Network of Street Papers, an umbrella organisation for street papers in 40 countries, including The Big Issue South Africa. During the interview, he praised the street paper model, which empowers unemployed vendors who buy magazines at half price and sell them on the streets at the cover price. Crucially for South Africans facing the threat of a media clampdown due to the                  

The Big Issue’s Amazing Competition: R 43 000.00’s worth of Travel through Europe up for grabs!

Travel Europe Competition

The Big Issue is iconic - plain and simple. It’s a great magazine with varied content, and an agent for change and self-empowerment for so many less fortunate brothers and sisters. Now The Big Issue, together with the super folks of Busabout are giving you the chance to win grande-BEEEG, all while doing something good at the same time! Heard of Pamplona, that crazy place in Spain, where in a 400 year-old tradition, maniacs are chased through the middle of a cobbled street by a mob of angry bulls? 4 days, TICK! What about Ibiza… the party and club capital of the world, aka gorgeous island? YES, 7 days, TICK! Throw in a six-leg hop-on, hop-off flexi-leg bus tour, where you can make up your own trans-European                  

Special Youth Day edition proves the kids aren’t all bad

Youth day Special of the Big Issue

  At a time when youth wage subsidies, escalating unemployment among the young, teen pregnancies, ailing education systems and substance abuse dominate headlines relating to South Africa’s youth, The Big Issue’s Youth Day edition shows there’s still a huge amount of positive news about the kids of 2012. “That’s not to say there aren’t enormous problems plaguing South African youth or that these issues are ignored in this special edition,” said editor, Melany Bendix. “But we chose to primarily use this edition to give both our teen and adult readers a deeper and more balanced insight into youth issues and to put the spotlight on some of the many young people making meaningful                  

DARG Adoptathon 27 May 2012

Domestic Animal Rescue Group

Animal welfare is close to many of our hearts and DARG (Domestic Animal Rescue Group) shelter in Hout Bay is one of many foundations that support our fury friends, thanks to them and their hard work many abused and homeless animals have a safe haven to spend their nights in warm beds, and receiving lots of love and individual attention. The hard work of all the volunteers is so inspirational and we commend all of them on their amazing efforts. DARG relies on the kindness and donations of the public to care for our animals. So please help out! This weekend DARG is having an Adoptathon and family fun day on Sunday 27th May. Bring your family, all your friends and the family dog, to DARG’s animal sanctuary in Main Road Hout                  

Bold cover of latest BIG ISSUE supports emerging SA film

The Big Issue Kyle Shepherd

  The Big Issue makes the bold move of featuring up-and-coming actor Jafta Mamabolo on the cover of the latest edition. A stunning image of a semi-submerged Mamabolo is accompanied by the tag line, “The emerging face of SA film”. “Jafta stars in Otelo Burning, which hit the big screens around the country on May 11, the same day the magazine comes out,” explains Melany Bendix, editor. “We decided to feature him on the cover as we have a well-founded hunch that Otelo Burning may be as big as Oscar-winner Tsotsi, judging by the rave reviews and string of awards it has already garnered.” She adds that The Big Issue has a reputation for supporting the local arts and the latest magazine                  

Animal Rescue Organisation needs your help after devastating fire

ARO fire

The Animal Rescue Organisation, which was established to address the suffering of animals in informal settlements around Cape Town, is appealing for help after a devastating fire damaged its offices. The fire, which was caused by a defective light fitting in the ceiling of the administrative wing, destroyed valuable office furniture, computer equipment and educational literature, causing thousands of rands worth of damage. Water and smoke damage caused even more losses. The Fire Department arrived soon after tenants on the property smelt smoke on 16 April, and the blaze was extinguished shortly afterwards, but not before the fire had caused the damage. Fortunately, they prevented it from spreading further and engulfing the