Change is in your pocket

The Big Issue is a socially responsible non-profit organisation that enables willing unemployed and marginalised adults to take responsibility for their own lives through a developmental employment programme.

Designed to do good


A helping hand

Yonga Balfour

Many of our vendors sell The Big Issue not only to make an honest living and improve their lives, but also to give their children access to better opportunities than those available to their parents. Nicky Asher-Pedro, The Big Issue’s social worker, noted that the vendors need all the help that they can get when […]

February 26, 2018

White dunes and turquoise waters

Words and Photographs: Justin Fox (@Justinfoxafrica))

Just three hours south of the bustling city centre of Cape Town lies the sleepy seaside town of Arniston. For more than 200 years, this quaint fishing village has managed to escape major development. Justin Fox spent some time exploring the picturesque holiday spot.

February 26, 2018

Tapping into Thinus Booysen

Taryn Pearce

A wild imagination, passion for the environment and a background in electronic engineering have all led Thinus Booysen to designing Dropula, a revolutionary water-saving device.

February 26, 2018

Neighbourhoods of the World

Our theme for this issue is ‘Neighbourhoods of the World’. Thanks to contributions from the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards, we catch a glimpse into neighbourhoods from around the globe. Portraits   Nature Photography If you’re a nature lover, look out for our wildlife photography. Our stunning cover image of a puffin with a mouthful […]

January 28, 2018

Mkhululi’s bags of hope


Big Issue entrepreneur Mkhululi Magqabi sells the magazine and his colourful handstitched cooking bags opposite the River Club in Observatory. He recently received a special handup from a loyal Big Issue reader.

November 27, 2017

Smile, the beloved country


When winter ushers in spring, a road trip from Cape Town via the N2 through the Overberg towards the Garden Route and Hessequa district is a study in impressionism

November 27, 2017

There never has been a better time to support these great organisations than now.


For many South Africans, Christmas and charity are inextricably linked – almost as much as Christmas and gifting. It makes sense, then, to combine these two activities to cross things off your Christmas shopping list and support a worthy cause at the same time.

November 27, 2017



Designed to do good

Words: Sarah Koopman

With a focus on using the power of design to improve lives, the team at the Design Indaba have created innovative projects that aim to create solutions that further the greater good.


Jacques Pauw The President’s Keepers

Chapter Nine: The Gentleman Gangster And His Donkey

In his exposé revealing the deeprooted, widespread corruption and state capture that plagues the South African government, Jacques Pauw has identified the cabal that eliminates President Jacob Zuma’s enemies and purges government of upstanding officials. The following extract from a chapter of The President’s Keepers deals with Cape Town gangster Mark Lifman and how SARS, under the leadership of Tom Moyane, let him off the hook for his R388-million tax bill.

Travel with a purpose

Feroza Miller-Isaacs

Voluntourism is one of the fastest-growing trends in the travel sector. Voluntourists flock to South Africa’s shores every year to invest their time, skills and money into vulnerable communities and nature conservation.

Phelelani, lord of the rings


Circus performer Phelelani Ndakroka has captured the hearts of audiences around the globe. The dynamic acrobat shares his inspiring journey.