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.

City of contradictions

Building an inclusive South Africa


So, what do you actually do?

Words: Extract from The Echo Of A Noise: A Memoir Of Then And Now by Pieter-Dirk Uys (Tafelberg Publishers)   Images: Tafelberg Publishers

Pieter-Dirk Uys steps out from behind the makeup.

November 21, 2018

Meet Africa’s youngest writer

Words: Laura Jones Illustration: Rustum Carelse

Fun-loving, bubbly Stacey Fru is just 11 years old and she’s Africa’s youngest writer of chapter books. She chatted to The Big Issue about her young yet illustrious life.

November 21, 2018

Dancing the Langarm  

Photos: Claude Barnardo

Those who’re old enough will remember David Kramer as the Volkswagen guy in the 1983 advert for the VW Microbus.

November 21, 2018

Make it BIG.

 Courtesy: Sumien Brink, Editor-In-Chief – Visi And New Media Books

Sumien Brink shares her favourite photo shoot of 2018. Simone Stiglingh and Kholisa Thomas had fun with giant animal pieces from design brand Kare, which opened store in Johannesburg earlier this year.

November 21, 2018

Solomon’s star on the rise

Words: Lungisa Mnqwazi

The Big Issue entrepreneur Solomon Masoso (39) holds a certificate in community health work from Kayamandi Elderly College.

November 21, 2018



Building an inclusive South Africa

Words: Stanley Henkeman Image: Getty Images

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

City of contradictions

Words: Adriaan Basson Image: Supplied

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.


STOP the rip-off


Data costs in SA are contentious. Why? Which companies are trying to tackle the problem, and how could the regulator help?

South African Culturalisms

Words: Laura Jones

Our nation, previously divided, and currently obsessed with counting the wounds of the past, has unique cultural values, some endearing, others less so. Here is an excerpt from the Goodman Gallery.

Catch of the day – plastic oceans

Words: Laura Jones Images: Getty Images, Two Oceans Aquarium, Beach-Co-Op Words: Insp.Org, Unep, Wessa

“Miracle material!” says Erik Solheim, head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). While this may be true in some cases, the continued ambiguity towards plastic in our society is clear. And the damage is devastating.