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.

Daisy crazy


N is for nice, and Napier


The picturesque town of Napier sits among magnificent rolling green hills of the Overberg, just two hours outside of Cape Town. Take a drive out to this sublime country village at the foot of the Soetmuisberg for good times, good food and good fun.

August 27, 2017

Hidden gems


We couldn’t resist sharing a few hidden gems to visit in the Mother City during Tourism Month.

August 27, 2017

Heritage sights to treasure


There’s more to Cape Town than the picture-perfect views and rolling vineyards. In celebration of Heritage Month, we take a closer look at some of the city’s most popular destinations and landmarks.

August 27, 2017

Wonderful Nomntu


Big Issue vendor, Nomntu Gogotya, is an entrepreneur extraordinaire. The Big Issue isn’t the only thing her customers are after; they can’t get enough of her Wonderbags either. We take a look at the seamstress’ booming bag business.

August 27, 2017

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



Gathering strands with Lionel Davis


In honour of Lionel Davis’ 81st birthday, the Iziko Museums of South Africa and the District Six Musuem have come together to exhibit the work of this artist, educator anti-apartheid activist and former political prisoner.

Daisy crazy


Harsha Gordhan takes a trip up the West Coast with four of her friends to experience some fl ower power in the blossoming Namaqualand.


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.