‘Unbelievable’ Chad Le Clos brightens up Big Issue winter


Plus rooibos trademark struggle, EL James interview, Gazelle and DJ Invizable, opinion columns, reviews, news & more


The Big Issue features Chad Le Clos, the Rooibos trademark battle and moreAs winter begins to grip the Mother City, Olympic gold medallist Chad Le Clos brightens up street corners on the cover of the latest The Big Issue.

Talking life after the Olympics, the down-to-earth Durban boy reveals how he plans to bring back more gold this year and beyond. On a more personal note, he shares how he’s overcome the loneliness of his sport, why he’s still single and what it’s like living with Big Bert Le Clos.

Staying with the stars, the latest edition also features an interview with Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James, who offers advice to her 16-year-old self on men, life and fame, and an interview with quirky Afro-futurism music duo Gazelle & DJ Invizable.

The Big Issue is renowned for running heavy-hitting reports, and this month is no different: The Big Issue travelled to the Cederberg to look at how small-scale rooibos farmers are set to be impacted if a French company’s bid to trademark the rooibos name is successful.

Other news highlights include reports on how government’s new single-dose ARV treatment could weaken the health system if there is a stock-out; the roll-out of compulsory education in prison; and the unveiling of a new low-cost ultrasound device developed by South African researchers, which could radically reduce the risks of pregnancy in poor and rural areas.

“This is only a small taste of what’s in the latest edition,” says editor Melany Bendix. “We always include a diverse range of articles, reviews, columns and more in the magazine, so I can confidently say there’s something in the April 25th edition for everyone.”


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