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.

Life after the circus

Falling in love again - why we need "ugly food"

Absolutely fatuous

Letter to my younger self

Little Issue

Nondinaye and Siphokazi's stories

Author Sindiwe Magona talks to the vendors



Two cycle projects making a difference

Margaret Connors

One of them enabled McGregor’s first ever mountain biking team, which will participate in Ride 2 Nowhere from 9 to 11 September.

August 29, 2016

Looking after the donkeys

Margaret Connors

The organization has been saving abused donkeys for nearly 10 years. Some of the worst cases they’ve seen are where donkeys arrive “pitifully thin, weak and covered in ticks”. They also see see a lot of hoof and skin problems. Right now they have 21 of the animals, but they have successfully re-homed many.

August 29, 2016

Breadtags for wheelchairs

Rebekah Funk

Needy recipients have been awarded 80 wheelchairs in the past six months using proceeds from the collection of thousands of high-impact polystyrene bread tags, used as bread-bag fasteners. “We are amazed at the growth of this project as volunteers from all ages and walks of life become involved in collecting these bread tags,” says Adri […]

August 29, 2016

Olympic festival “one of the best things to happen to homeless people in Rio”

Francesca Harrington-Edmans

“I think the festival is one of the best things to have happened to homeless people in Rio,” says João, speaking to INSP following the event. “I really believe the project can change the way Brazilians treat homeless people.” For five days, from 19-23 July, homeless choirs and other arts companies occupied the Rio’s streets, […]

August 24, 2016

Can you be a feminist and a good Sotho wife?

By Paballo Molahleni

Paballo Molahleni realises that love, commitment and communication can triumph over stereotypes and societal expectations.

August 21, 2016




Home at last

Rescuing just one abused circus lion is no easy task. Imagine promising to care for no fewer than 33 of the predators – for life. Janine Stephen catches up with the big cats rescued from South America, and their carer, Savannah Heuser.



South Africa’s Shame

Marion Scher

The phrase “rape culture” hit the headlines recently, as campus protesters took the issue to the streets. Marion Scher looks at some of the questions it raised, from the use of language, to attitudes, to secondary victimisation.


Electric Cars: Will SA switch on?

The Tesla Model 3 is set to hit South Africa next year – but are our roads and drivers ready? And in a global market where at least one car company boss doesn’t want you to buy his electric vehicle, is there really a future for electric cars? Mark van Dijk finds out.


Teaching the teachers

In 2015, the World Economic Forum ranked South Africa’s maths and science education 138th out of 140 countries. Frances Aron finds out how one organisation is addressing the issue.

Under the skin of Albinism

For more than 20 years the Albinism Society of South Africa has supported people with albinism. Frances Aron finds out about a condition that’s often surrounded in stigma and superstition. (more…)