Siv Ngesi is the Guest Editor of The Big Issue #284 (20 March – 19 April 2020) is available from your favourite vendor across the city.
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Some of the articles in The Big Issue #284
- In the ring with Siv Ngesi
Actor, stand-up comedian and now Bollywood singer, Siv Ngesi is bubbly by nature. Whether boxing, supporting charities or jet-setting for work, he always maintains his charismatic smile and sunny disposition. Siv is currently the personification of booked and busy. By the time you read this, he will be on big and small screens both locally and worldwide.
- Under Seas
In October 2019, the ship Arctic Sunrise undertook an expedition to Mount Vema (a mountain below the surface of the Southeast Atlantic Ocean) to document and highlight the biodiverse sea life of the Seamount Protected Marine Area. The trip was a key leg of Greenpeace’s year-long Protect The Oceans campaign, which is an expedition from the North Pole to the South Pole. The Mount Vema expedition documented and showcased the richness of biodiversity, along with the threats posed to it by human activity, which include over-fishing, plastic pollution and the climate crisis.
- Blood on our hands
Local celebrity Siv Ngesi poses the question: In a country where over a trillion rand has been illegally wasted by the elite in a single decade, are free sanitary products too much to ask?
“As an actor and media personality, I get to talk to many people about a variety of social issues. I have learned that some of the biggest challenges in our country today are made worse because people cannot, or will not, even name them, let alone speak openly about them. Religious and cultural bias means that so many perfectly natural things are seen as shameful and taboo. While South Africa has come a long way in recent times towards becoming a more progressive nation, we still have a long way to go,” says Siv.
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