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THE BIG ISSUE #323 – Digital Crime Alert & URGENT Appeal

by | Oct 23, 2023 | Green, News | 0 comments

The Big Issue has been dealt a blow after an email scam

THE BIG ISSUE #323  alerts us to a blow after an email scam where cybercriminals have stolen limited funds. This specific type of fraud is known as a ‘hacker scam’. The Big Issue is  appealing to the public for assistance where possible

“In a distressing turn of events, The Big Issue, operational for 27 years as a social enterprise NGO based in Cape Town, has fallen prey to an invoice scam through email hacking. This malicious act targeted our finance manager’s email account, leading to a loss of almost R600 000. The total sum, paid in multiple individual transactions over time to a supplier, was diverted during these transactions, to an unknown bank account. The ramifications of this incident are severe, because our organisation currently lacks the financial reserves to absorb such a loss.” READ MORE

“This is an additional reason for buying a copy of The Big Isssue #323! Our Digital Crime Alert issue is available in South Africa, nationally, from select Spar and Pick n Pay stores, and street vendors across Cape Town CBD and suburbs.”

These are some of the articles featured in this edition.The Big Issue $323

A charitable move
Employees in a payroll department have pooled their hard-earned cash to support the Pretoria-based non-profit organisation (NPO) Project House of Hope, which provides shelter and care to vulnerable individuals, children and abandoned, abused and neglected babies.

Buffing up on gibbon conservation
The South African National Biodiversity Institute’s National Zoological Garden (SANBI NZG) is excited to introduce Sylvester, a male buff-cheeked gibbon, which recently arrived from La Teste-de-Buch zoo in France.

The Big Issue Supporting Interns
It has been an absolute pleasure working with Xolisile Mavela, a Public Relations student from Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), as our intern at The Big Issue. Xolisile’s willingness to learn and an eager approach are qualities that will take her far in her career.

LOTS to read. “Get your copy and be part of job creation in SA – it’s more than just a good deed; it’s a damn good read.”

The Big Issue, logoWHAT: The Big Issue #322
October – November 2023
Available from your favourite vendor across the city. Anyone outside the city of Cape Town can buy the magazine nationally at selected Spar and Pick n Pay stores.  Anyone outside of Cape Town can also buy the magazine here.
Don’t forget: you can buy The Big Issue with your smartphone! Visit for a step-by-step guide.

INFO: | Visit | Editorial: Editor Laura Jones, 021-461-6690 | Advertising/Marketing: Derek Carelse at

See also Cape Town Green Map


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