The continuation of Madiba's legacy

According to Zelda la Grange, the former private secretary to Nelson Mandela, television presenter and public speaker, South Africans should aim to "be of service to people who are less fortunate than themselves."

The former secretary tells The Big Issue that Mandela did not want to see us remain in the 'rut of self-empowerment'. Rather, we should all be contributing however we can to assist the cause for a just society.

Under the shadow of the pandemic

The magazine has this month put the spotlight on South Africa's national Gender-Based Violence Command Centre. The centre tells the publication that it is now receiving triple the amount of calls from women who are trapped at home with their abusive partners.

The magazine reiterates that the United Nations are calling this issue the coronavirus 'shadow pandemic', and that President Ramaphosa recently noted that South Africa is not immune to it.

The Kolisis' follow Madiba's footsteps

"Going to bed without food in your stomach is one thing I don't wish upon anybody. There is nothing worse than listening to your stomach grumble in the middle of the night," says Springbok captain Siya Kolisi.

Siya and his wife Rachel talk to The Big Issue about their dedication to making sure others do not experience the same circumstances. The couple founded the Kolisi Foundation, which seeks to change the narrative of inequality in South Africa by uplifting and supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.

Two baristas go out of their way for others

The magazine's latest edition speaks to 34-year-old Soa Delport-Sauls from Greyton and 30-year-old Sibongile (Sibo) Mundienda from Hermanus. According to the magazine, these two entrepreneurs each support about 10 people with their small businesses.

The pair tell the magazine that "the announcement of hard lockdown was a huge shock." The publication celebrates the dup and how they have gone out of their way to help those around them during the pandemic.

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