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.

Escape to Wellington

Rhinos in the city

The Big Issue Winter Drive


Can Kobus bounce back

Yonga Balfour

Kobus Smith, a Big Issue vendor who recently stopped selling The Big Issue magazine at Canal Walk Mall, Century City, hopes to be at a selling point in
Milnerton soon.

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

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

Nonceba’s rise to the top

The Big Issue plays a vital role in the development of its vendors’ skills and talents. Nonceba Sondlo, a former vendor, is now living her dream of being an early childhood development educator, thanks to this magazine.

April 28, 2017

The hemp house with heart

South Africa’s first township hemp house is cool in summer, warm in winter and emits the fragrance of grass and nature.

April 28, 2017


Crime novelist Irna van Zyl’s seven-year journey to getting published was not an easy one. After countless rewrites, several rejection letters from publishers, and taking a sabbatical in between, she released her debut novel, which is not so dead in the water.

April 28, 2017

Nomme 20 Delphistraat

Shirmoney Rhode, author of Nomme 20 Delphistraat, writes about her small beginnings and inspiration, and finding her voice as a young writer from the Cape Flats.

April 28, 2017

The Franschhoek recycling stand-off

Jocelyn van der Ross is as indestructible as the items she recycles. She single-handedly started the first recycling project in Franschhoek in 2005 and, despite challenges, she refuses to crumble. The proverbial David, she has remained strong against a few Goliaths. We unearth the story behind Green Spot Recycling.

March 31, 2017



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.

The Big Debate: Traditional vs self-publishing

For some people the dream of being published can be weighed down by the realisation of just how difficult achieving this dream actually is. Sibongile Machika, junior publisher at Jacana Media, and Dane Bowman, project manager of Staging Post, a service bureau for self-publishers, share insights into the pros and cons of traditional and self-publishing. […]

The Big Debate: Down to the last squeeze

Tanner Methvin, a partner at Impact Amplifier, and Claire Pengelly, a water analyst at GreenCape, discuss the current water crisis, potential business opportunities, and more.