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