The Big Issue #274 available NOW

Freestyle kitesurfing champion Michelle Sky Hayward

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The Big Issue #274 - 20 April to 19 May 2019 - is available from your favourite vendor across the city. As usual, The Big Issue is packed with an interesting array of Cape Town based stories to inform and titillate.

One of the things that make South Africa great is that we have people from different walks of life who are doing great things for themselves, and others, in their respective corners of society. South African freestyle kitesurfing champion Michelle Sky Hayward is a sterling example of what one can achieve through perseverance and dedication. At 27, Michelle has made her mark in the kitesurfing arena, inspiring many other young women along the way (see page 6).  See photo above.

In Lavender Hill, which is a stone’s throw away from Muizenberg, volunteers from House of David Love Fellowship are fearlessly sharing the few resources they have with the needy in and around their community. Their generosity shows that one does not always need an overflow of finance to care for and improve the lives of others (see page 32).

In only a few weeks, South Africans will cast their votes in the national elections, which will mark 25 years of democracy. While many have added their voices to various debates, we caught up with a few of our valued Big Issue vendors, and asked them about their take on the elections and what voting means to them (see page 26). Their views are sobering and make us realise that our vote will not affect ourselves and our family only. It will impact the lives of millions of our fellow South Africans, most of whom we’ll never get to meet. We hope that after reading our vendors’ views, each one of us will carefully consider the power of our votes.

If you’re an aspiring astronaut, big or small, you’re in for a treat this month. Our Little Issue turns the spotlight on the space race and highlights, among other things, the early days of space exploration (see page 19).

As always, The Big Issue values your feedback and would love to hear from you on this and other features in the magazine. Send your comments to info@bigissue.org.za

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