The Big Issue #271 (21 January to 20 February 2019) is available from your favourite vendor across the city.
Usually, this time of year is closely associated with people making New Year’s resolutions and setting goals for themselves. Blah, blah, blah. We’ve opted to bring you stories of people and organisations doing amazing and new things already, so early in the year.
We couldn’t talk about what’s new without turning our attention to Mr Invention himself, Elon Musk. Love him or hate him, Elon’s trailblazing technologies are making headlines across the world. But he’s not the only South African leading the way when it comes to tech. Start-up company RD9 Solutions is introducing high school learners to the fascinating world of robotics, while teens from the Helderberg Robotics Club have represented the country at the World Robot Olympiad (see page 15).
On the science front, UWC’s Dr Fanelwa Ngece-Ajayi is changing the way township youth perceive science, technology, engineering and mathematics through her non-profit organisation, AmaQawe ngeMfundo (see page 24).
Whether a good crime news story is your thing, or you would much rather grow your own garden, this issue has something for everyone, including the little ones. Top crime reporter Maygene de Wee tells us some dark and thrilling lawbreaker tales (see page 10), while the Little Issue is packed with science facts and activities.
Along similar lines, and quite shocking, is the fate of Bird Island’s ‘lost boys’ and also the story of Ellen Pakkies. Have a look at our book review section – you’re in for top picks of the most riveting exposés on offer.
Curious South African culturalisms are explored in a riveting body of historic photographic work by David Goldblatt and Peter Magubane. Both photographers worked alongside each other in the same era with very different outcomes.
Vodacom caters to the Specific Needs of Senior Citizens because we understand that some elderly customers desire easy access to voice calls and SMSs when connecting with friends, family and during emergencies.
The Alcatel 2008G is a tailor-made device for senior citizens which has a large keypad and is easy to use and navigate.
• Large 2.4” screen display for easy reading
• Large keypad buttons with big and bold font, which is easy to see
• Multiple background colours to choose from, making reading easier
• Wireless FM radio for entertainment
• 2MP camera to capture all the memories
• Charging cradle to make charging your device easy
Talking about cover stories, our previous cover certainly caught the attention of several readers who rightly pointed out that there are no polar bears in the Antarctic Peninsula. We exercised our creative license and ran with the image of a polar bear with penguins, as this animal is the popular poster child of our frozen northern wilderness, and there is no such poster child for the Antarctic Peninsula, which is just as much under threat as the North Pole.
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