The 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.


23 Nov
TO 5 Jan

Nik Rabinowitz

Kagiso Mnisi

Ben Trovato

Mich Atagana

Darrel Bristow-Bovey

Jani Allan

Pieter-Dirk Uys

Ryland Fisher

Tom Eaton

Zubeida Jaffer

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My friend the Queen

Leroy Glam

When Freddie Mercury passed away in November 1991, the world lost an irreplaceable icon. But It’s A Kinda Magic!, a theatrical tribute show, offers fans a special taste of Freddie – and Queen’s – flamboyant magnetism.

November 17, 2015

The Cool Kids of Khayelitsha

By Zethu Gqola for GroundUp

Playlisted on many radio stations across the country and igniting stages in Cape Town, the Cool Kids are a Khayelitsha-based four-man crew combining DJ skills, music producing and event management. What is more, they have done it their own way.

November 12, 2015

Uncommon cool: from Delft to Los Angeles with a jazz trumpet

By Leroy Glam

Opportunities are rare in marginalised Cape communities, where one talent after another tends to wither on an underprivileged vine. Happily that fate doesn’t describe at least one gifted jazz trumpeter – but it very well could have.

November 9, 2015

Come dine with The Big Issue

On November 25, The Big Issue will host its final business breakfast for 2015, sponsored by and hosted at The Table Bay Hotel.

November 6, 2015

Online tool tackles domestic workers’ wages

By Staff Writer

Are you paying your domestic worker their fair share? Code for South Africa (Code4SA) has created a new app that makes the maths easy – a so-called “Living Wage Calculator” that helps employers determine how much is fair for those who clean, garden, work as security guards or drivers, and look after their children.

November 5, 2015

Having a blast?

By Leroy Glam

Fireworks can be a lot of fun, but they can also be pretty dangerous. That’s why, with Guy Fawkes on November 5, the City of Cape Town has designated 12 sites for their use.

November 5, 2015

Hunters: Killers or saviours?

Don Pinnock for Conservation Action Trtust

The oft asked question is: are trophy hunters protectors of biodiversity or are they heartless killers of defenceless wild animals? To make any headway with this question, we need to consider the following: Does hunting protect the wilderness?

November 4, 2015

Column: The moaner visa

By Eugene Yiga

Eugene Yiga’s excitement at travelling somewhere new turns into the realisation that he might be better off staying home.

November 2, 2015

What disability? Activist plans to hike to Joburg on crutches

By Leroy Glam

Raymond Mtati believes in walking the talk. He’s an activist from Green Park – a poverty-stricken township near Driftsands – and has spent years advocating for better living conditions in his area. But this time, he plans to walk to Johannesburg to raise money for his community – even though he’s used crutches since a […]

October 30, 2015

So sayeth Lord John: a Q&A with The Big Issue’s founder

By Leroy Glam

A good man from a bad life founded The Big Issue in the UK 24 years ago, in a bid to help those who slip through life’s cracks all too easily. Now that same man heads off to one of the cornerstones of the British establishment: the House of Lords.

October 29, 2015

Seriaas Teaser: KLM passenger mistakes exit door for toilet

Airplane restroom signs are pretty obvious to most people. But somehow a passenger on a recent KLM flight from Edinburgh to Amsterdam tried to open the wrong door – the plane’s exit door.

October 29, 2015