SA’s top talent join the fight against poverty and unemployment

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Sixty of South Africa’s top talent have joined the fight against poverty and unemployment this festive season by contributing work pro bono to The Big Issue’s 2012/2013 Collector’s Edition. All 60 contributors submitted work under the theme of “My Big Issue” to create the bumper 92-page edition, printed on high quality paper and featuring the legendary flugelhornist, singer and defiant political voice Hugh Masekela on the cover. The weighty edition boasts a large number of the “who’s who” in South African literary, cartooning, photography, illustration and poetry circles, including Nadine Gordimer, Max du Preez, Ben Trovato, Zapiro, David Bullard, Jodi Bieber, Antjie Krog, Terry Crawford-Browne, Eusebius McKaiser and Damon                  


Meet the world’s new Madiba in The Big Issue

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As Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi signals for the first time that she will stand for president in the country’s 2015 elections, The Big Issue declares her “the world’s next Madiba” in a lead feature accompanied by a stunning graphic cover. “The comparisons between Aung San Suu Kyi and our own Nelson Mandela are undeniable,” says editor Melany Bendix. “Both were imprisoned for lengthy periods for their political beliefs, both sacrificed their family life for their country and both became worldwide symbols of their nation’s respective struggles for freedom from tyrannical rule.” The comparisons don’t end there, she adds. “As Madiba did with the National Party, Suu Kyi is advocating reconciliation and negotiation with                  


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                  


Bold cover of latest BIG ISSUE supports emerging SA film

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  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                  


The BIG Issue: Local is very lekka!


      Local entertainment and household names fill the pages of the late January edition of The Big Issue, which features a top South African musician, an actress-turned-philanthropist, a top literary figure, an icon…and SA’s hardcore pro wrestling league. First up is cover star Tamara Dey, lead singer of Indie-Pop-Dance group Flash Republic. In a candid tell-all interview, the former First Lady of Kwaito reveals how and why she’s reinvented herself during her ever-changing life and music career. Archbishop Desmond Tutu then picks up his pen to write a letter about his younger self. In this exclusive feature The Arch tells of his greatest influences, his regrets and what he would do