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.

Walking with Elephants


Ntobeko’s learning curve

This month’s vendor success story follows Ntobeko Makuala (35), an IT graduate on a journey to empower himself with the help of The Big Issue.

July 27, 2017

Hope is a strategy


The majority of South Africa’s children are growing up in poverty. But in true South African spirit, there’s a growing movement to reach out and help those in need. One such initiative has emerged in the Mother City.

July 27, 2017

The humanities and beyond

Derek Carelse, Managing Director of The Big Issue, speaks with Professor Premesh Lalu, Director of the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape, about the role the humanities as a field of study has to play in understanding the concept of freedom in a world of technological advancements.

July 27, 2017

Nurturing young talent

Yonga Balfour

At The Big Issue, we do more than just empower our vendors to be successful entrepreneurs. We also support their children’s personal development by exposing them to new opportunities

June 30, 2017

Afrikan in motion

Yasser Booley

Cape Town documentary photographer Yasser Booley talks to us about finding his passion, searching for the perfect shot, and travelling halfway across the African continent using nothing but public transport.

June 30, 2017

The pearl of the Boland

Candice Landie

From recipes passed down over generations to old buildings and even older stories; cascading waterfalls and acclaimed wines, my weekend love a air with picturesque Paarl was unashamedly overindulgent.

June 30, 2017

The queen of graffiti

Feroza Miller-Isaacs

Having made an indelible mark on many walls in Cape Town, Nardstar* is kicking every stereotype about female street artists to the curb, from Mitchell’s Plain to Paris and back again.

June 30, 2017



Hang out in Hangklip

At the Hangklip Hotel it’s not just the rock that’s hanging, it might just be your hair, too. I went for a drink at Plankies to see where hippies and hipsters mingle.

Walking with Elephants


Olifantland explores the tension between man and nature, asking whether animal conservation has a place in a country where many citizens fight for basic human rights on a daily basis.


Teenage change agents

Alicia English

From rhino conservationists and entrepreneurs to ballerinas and community workers, kids in Cape Town do amazing things. We caught up with some of the city’s young shooting stars.

Is the internet making us dumber?

John Stupart, newsletters editor at the Daily Maverick, and Keri Leicher, political and country risk senior associate at S-RM, discuss the spread of fake news and its dangers.

Rhinos in the city

The spectacular ‘The Rhinos Are Coming!!!’ outdoor art exhibition has returned to the city to raise funds to help stop rhino poaching.