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The Big Issue summer holiday edition on the streets for Christmas


Katja Hamilton - 2008-12-15

The Big Issue is getting into the festive spirit with its annual bumper Summer Holiday edition.

On sale from 12 December to 23 January, the bumper edition will sport
68 pages-up from its regular 48-page read-with an increased print run of 17 000 copies.

And you get all this for just R14-no increase on the cover price. The bumper edition is a great gift, with the added bonus that half the money goes directly into the pocket of your Big Issue vendor-sharing the gift of giving.

The Summer Holiday edition will be available from Big Issue vendors in most suburbs across Cape Town, including Bellville-where an additional depot was opened earlier this year.

Managing Director, Trudy Vlok, explains, "This is a very special edition. Aside from being a real treat for regular readers and out-of-town visitors alike, it is an opportunity for Big Issue vendors to earn their very own year-end bonus. And when you rely on the sale of the magazine for your day-to-day income, this kind of bonus can make all the difference at Christmas time."

The bumper Holiday edition is packed with essays, opinion pieces, features, short stories and incredible photo essays. Whether you're reading Doris Lessing on why story-telling is so important or Dawn Garisch's beautiful short story - with a twist - the Summer Holiday Edition will keep you enthralled. From the stark harshness of gem stone miners in Namibia to the mad exploits of a cartoonist in China and a short "photographic" ride in a taxi with some people who will make music anywhere - including a taxi - it is a great addition to your holiday reading.

And if you want to know where to eat, what to drink, what to do and where to go to do it, then the diary section has the info you need to make the most of the summer in Cape Town.

This is what The Big Issue magazine is all about: an independent current affairs magazine with a sense of humour-a good read for a good deed!

Editor Donald Paul says putting together the end-of-year bumper edition is always a lot of fun and a great challenge. "I put the word out to various writers, cartoonists and photographers that I am looking for material-both fiction and non-fiction-and the response is always incredible; especially because I ask people to donate their offerings. This year we have some truly remarkable pieces."

The Big Issue vendors have experienced homelessness and long-term unemployment and are now making the most of the opportunity for positive change in their lives.

Authorised vendors buy the magazine for R7 from The Big Issue office and sell it on the streets for R14. They also make the most of the vocational, life and business skills training and guidance counselling offered by The Big Issue, which aids them to move back into mainstream society and the formal job sector.

Since it first hit the streets in Cape Town in 1996, The Big Issue has provided job opportunities and training for more than 12 000 people, who have earned over R14-million. The magazine comes out every 3 weeks and has an estimated 50 000 readers per issue.

This year alone, The Big Issue will put more than R1.2-million in vendors' pockets.