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Visit The ‘Seaside Circus'

There’s a new art activation on the prom …

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SA's Food Capture?

While the debate rages on over glyphosate-based herbicides, farmers are spraying the chemical all over the world

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Design That Uplifts, Delight Intrigues

A collaboration with Southern Guild at the Silo District in Cape Town showcases designer Rich Mnisi’s first solo exhibition, titled Nyoka, on show from 2 October 2021 through to 4 February 2022. Designed to reach out and inspire.

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Why Kaaps Language Dictionary Matters!

The first-ever dictionary of South Africa’s Kaaps language has launched. Why it matters …

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Hungry, And Tired

This charity has been feeding Cape Town’s hungry for more than 80 years. Never have so many people queued for food.

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Life's Ups And Downs

Feeling burnt out? Clinical Psychologist and Business Director at The Human Edge, Helene Vermaak, gives some grounded self-care advice for anyone feeling overstressed or depleted.

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WHAT'S ON?

Get out and about under the spring sun, or enjoy entertainment online from the comfort of your couch …

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SPACE TO REFLECT

When former Big Issue editor, Alicia English, lost her husband to Covid-19 earlier this year, she and her son discovered a novel way to process overwhelming, difficult feelings.

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INSPIRATIONAL READING

Whether you tap, turn pages or listen to audiobooks, an inspirational read can help you relax and see the world differently.

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Rough sleeping

“Winters are the worst nightmare for us,” says a homeless man in Springs. Temperatures dropped to minus 7º C recently.

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Who Took The Photo?

On Youth Day we remember the gut-wrenching image of a dying, 12-year-old Hector Pieterson carried by Mbuyisa Makhubu

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Cheerleaders At 60 Plus

Japanese seniors add sparkle during COVID-19

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Airports - A Homeless Shelter

Some people can end up living at airports for long periods of time. Many individuals have managed to live in terminals for weeks, months and sometimes even years.

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University Of Crime

An intimate look inside Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison.

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State Of The Arts

Can you imagine living without all music and TV for the rest of the year? After the COVID-19 lockdowns, many talented local performers in the performing arts industry are foregoing the basics of food and shelter.

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Exploring The Politics Of Identity

Karen Rutter, Editor-in-Chief of www.weekendspecial.co.za interviews multidisciplinary artist Thania Petersen

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Mental Health Mondays

The Big Issue discovers that Miss SA 2020 uses her celebrity status to confront all forms of bullying, exposing behaviour that culminates in long-term mental health issues.

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SNEAK PEAK

The Big Issue spoke with author, journalist, magazine editor and media entrepreneur Irna van Zyl. Her fourth book, the psychological thriller One Fine Day (Penguin Random House), is due for release this September.

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An Inside Job

Yusuf Ganief, Executive Chairperson of Cape Town Festival and lead singer and manager of the music duo Desert Rose, invites us to join his journey in search of freedom.

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The Year Of The Ark

Bonang Mohale, a leading businessman and Chancellor of the University of the Free State, recently delivered a speech at a masters’ and doctoral graduation ceremony, from which many South Africans can draw inspiration. This is an edited version of his speech.

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Living Without Chaos

South African social philosopher and poet Athol Williams weighs up the cost of unfettered chaos.

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A Question Of Liberty

While there is still much to be done to achieve true freedom for all South Africans, media veteran Ryland Fisher shares why we have reason to celebrate.

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Careful What You Wish For

Former newspaper editor Gasant Abarder refl ects on past fantasies about freedom and the imperfections that come with living in a democracy.

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Mind Your Language

Shadrack Ncele, an undergraduate law student, articulates his inner conflict and double consciousness as a young man born into isiXhosa culture who is now immersed in the English language.

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Being Homeless Isn't A Crime

According to Statistics South Africa, ours is the most unequal country in the world. And this inequality is visible in all of our cities. Unless you are living under a rock, you’ll be aware that South Africa has a large homeless population.

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Two Lies And A Half Truth

Marketing Campaign Strategist Jordan Pieters delves into the disparities between the constitutional freedoms that young South Africans have been born into, and their lived realities.

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The Food Stories Of Our Komvandaan* *Komvandaan Means ‘Where We Come From'.

During a time when big media houses closed esteemed magazine titles, one small, black female-owned company – Mikateko Media – launched a brand-new quarterly magazine called Koe’sister.

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Share Your Notes!

In 2020, two Bishops Diocesan College matric boys created a website called Notes Share to help online learning for all students from Grades 8 to 12.

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A Breath Of Clean Air

An enterprising group of South African doctors, engineers and designers based in East London has invented a medical device that revolutionises oxygen delivery to COVID-19 patients.

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To Go Far, Go Together

Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading (VPUU), an area-based community development organisation, has used social innovation to coproduce strong neighbourhood economies while helping to fight COVID-19.

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