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The March 2013 edition of the Big Issue covers rhino funding loopholes, a new rabies vaccine and moreHot on the heels of its sell-out “Big Rhino Issue”, The Big Issue follows up coverage of this important conservation issue with a consumer report uncovering the loopholes in the rhino fundraising industry.


With no single body monitoring the more than 400 organisations collecting funds to save the rhino, the largely unregulated industry is easy prey for charlatans wanting to capitalise on people’s goodwill, warn conservationists.


“It’s distressing that there are people out there who would use rhino poaching as a trick to line their own pockets, but it’s a reality,” notes editor, Melany Bendix. “Our report gives the public all the info they need to support rhino conservation wisely, along with a step-by-step guide on how not to be conned.”


A range of diverse and captivating interviews, including cover star Dustin Hoffman, a budding filmmaker from Gugulethu and award-winning SA author Lauren Beukes, dominate the rest of the March 25th edition.


As always, The Big Issue also carries a hefty arts and entertainment section, ranging from images of the Naked Bike Race in Cape Town to a thorough and highly entertaining debunking of Oscar winner Argo and other blockbusters that purport to have based their fabricated plots on “true stories”.


In the news pages readers can expect to find out more about a breakthrough rabies vaccine developed by local researchers, why activists say the Stop Rape pledge alone is not enough to end “rape culture” in SA and how poor workers’ health is at risk from the first world dumping its e-waste on Africa’s doorstep.


“This is only a small taste of what’s in the latest edition,” says 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 it for everyone.”


The Big Issue — it’s so much more than a good deed, it’s a good read too. Get a copy from your vendor today for only R20 (R10 goes to the vendor) and be part of change in South Africa.