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.

Beyond the blaze


Candice pays it forward

When it comes to The Big Issue Vendors, Betty’s Bay resident Candice Dorman is leading the way through her various acts of kindness.

February 20, 2019

Bongani’s wheels of furtune

Big Issue vendor Bongani Pholo received the surprise of his life when two loyal readers recently gave him their pre-owned van

February 20, 2019

Kamva Goso defies all odds

Words by: Lungisa Mnqwazi

Kamva Goso, 18, from Philippi is living proof that township schools can produce some of our country’s top achievers. We recently caught up with the young genius who achieved top marks in the 2018 final matric examination.

February 20, 2019


words by: Alicia English

In 2017, after over 20 years in the corporate world, Gadija Gamieldien took a leap of faith to start her own online platform, CookHalaal. She tells us about the twists and turns on her journey.

February 20, 2019

Graffiti for Good

Catch an eclectic mix of local and international street artists live during the International Public Art Festival (IPAF), which takes place in Salt River from 9 to 17 February.

January 16, 2019



Beyond the blaze

Words by: Lungisa Mnqwazi

What do you do when everything you own goes up in flames, quite literally? The ever-present threat of losing everything in a fire is part of daily life in Cape Town’s Masiphumelele informal settlement.


Elon and the Techno Boffins

Words: Alicia English & Lungisa Mnqwazi

Love him or hate him, technology entrepreneur Elon Musk is among South Africa’s top innovators. However, he is not the only one making a mark in the tech world.

Building an inclusive South Africa

Words: Stanley Henkeman

Stanley Henkeman, executive director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, discusses his life and work.

City of contradictions

Words: Adriaan Basson

Never mind the gangs from the Cape Flats, the super-rich ones, who don’t always look the part, are living the life in Clifton, Camps Bay and Constantia.