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.


5 Jan
TO 19 Feb

Shanna Jones

Adriaan Oosthuizen

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Breakfast with a champion

Philani Dladla, a man who overcame drug addiction and living on the streets through the power of books, addressed the recent Big Issue fund-raiser breakfast at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town.

January 29, 2016

When Jarvis met Bowie: a classic interview

When David Bowie died recently, the world mourned the loss of one of the creative giants of our time. In recent years, Bowie rarely gave interviews but back in 1997 he gave an interview to The Big Issue, which was conducted by Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker.

January 28, 2016

Big 5-A-Side soccer with a purpose

What better way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday than playing fives football and raising money to help Big Issue vendors change their lives?

January 22, 2016

Guide dog team bays for cyclists to join tour

Cycling enthusiasts can get on their bikes for a worthy cause this year. The South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind (SAGDA) is inviting riders to join its team for the Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday 6 March 2016.

January 18, 2016

Big Issue Breakfast with The Pavement Bookworm

On the 26th on January, The Big Issue will be hosting the first business breakfast of the year at the Table Bay Hotel with guest speaker Philani Dladla, The Pavement Bookworm.

January 15, 2016

She is Glorious

By Dan Buchanan With illustration by Louise Venter

A feature from our 2015 Collector’s Edition. Dan Buchanan is haunted by South Africa, the love of her life.

December 21, 2015

The Rwandan student who hung on to her dream

Tariro Washinyira for GroundUp

Alice Wamundiya comes from a background where the importance of education is emphasised. When she settled in South Africa after her family fled the Rwandan genocide, she decided to help other refugees and asylum-seekers with their education.

December 17, 2015

Old and on the street

By Tariro Washinyira for GroundUp

Theresa Fisher was born in what was then Rhodesia, in 1950. Simon Jacobs was born in what was then Transkei, in 1957. Both of them have ended up, in 2015, begging on the same street corner in Rondebosch.

December 11, 2015

Going homeless for a good cause

By Leroy Glam

This year, two Cape-based social enterprises, Youth Solutions Africa (YSA) and No Danger Diaries (NDD), will stage the Shelter Lockdown at the corner of Russel and Chapel Street, Woodstock on December 15 and 16, to tackle homelessness on the city’s streets.

December 10, 2015

To market, to market

Kelly Bognar

So you’re on leave for the first time in ages and there’s so much you want to do. But one thing you don’t feel like doing is Christmas shopping in an overcrowded mall with screaming kids and a grumpy spouse. Luckily, you can stock up on gifts at some amazing Christmas markets throughout the month […]

December 3, 2015

Hawk-eyed: detecting childhood cancer

By Leroy Glam

Parents rarely look for cancer in their children. But it happens, it’s serious, and recognising it early can make all the difference.

December 3, 2015