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.

Teenage change agents


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

Making waves for climate change

Braam Malherbe

Having covered nearly 15 000km over the past decade, Braam Malherbe has certainly doing more than one thing to help save our planet. The conservationist shares tales from his most recent earth-saving expedition.

June 30, 2017

The Big Issue Winter Drive

Help us spread some winter warmth in support of this year’s Mandela Day, which is on Tuesday, 18 July. Get out your wool and needles and start knitting blankets, scarves or beanies, which will be donated to all our valued Big Issue vendors.

May 28, 2017

Inside the cradle of creativity

Congress and International Theatre Festival for Children and Young Audiences recently turned the spotlight on creating access to the arts in Africa.

May 28, 2017



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.

Escape to Wellington

Ingrid Jones

Ever considered adding the town of Wellington to your bucket list? If not, take a cue from Ingrid Jones, who took a road trip to this historic town.

Maureen and her cats

When we first heard of Maureen Gericke, a pensioner in Gardens, and the city cats she’s been looking after for 17 years, we couldn’t resist the urge to share this love story with our readers.