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.

The Big Issue : The great leak

The Big Debate: Down to the last squeeze


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

Changing the status quo

Alicia English

Tekkie Tax, a registered public benefit organisation (PBO), is empowering organisations and companies to change the way they raise and donate funds.

March 31, 2017

Love: a street view

Homeless people. We pass them every other day. Some ask for food, some carry babies. Every so often, we’ll see a couple holding hands. But we never ask them how they met or fell in love. Cape Town photographer Noncedo Mathibela dared to ask.

February 27, 2017

Kennedy’s big plans for SA education

Where other people see problems, Kennedy Kitheka sees opportunities. The biggest opportunity of all in South Africa? Education.

February 27, 2017

Education: You can run your own business

More and more women are taking on the big challenge of building new businesses from the ground up. They’re highly skilled and motivated, and they are helping South Africa’s economy grow.

February 27, 2017

Global News: Street talk

In a special #VendorWeek feature for 2017, three street paper sellers share what makes their part of the world unique. Pictured with some iconic landmarks in the background, they reveal their biggest achievements, the challenges they face, and how selling a street paper has changed their lives.

February 27, 2017

Big Issue: Business with a Conscience

Kieno Kammies

Could social entrepreneurship be the answer to South Africa’s economic woes? Talk-radio host and The Big Issue board member Kieno Kammies shares his personal views on this question.

February 27, 2017

The Big Debate: Whose Responsibility is it anyway?

Derek Carelse, managing director of The Big Issue, and Tanner Methvin, partner at Impact Amplifier, confront how South Africa should address its social challenges

February 27, 2017



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.

The Big Issue: The great leak

- Feroza Miller-Isaacs

With water savings foremost on everyone’s minds, it is tragic to see the gallons of water going to waste as a result of burst pipes and leakages.


UB40 brings ‘healing music’

The three original members of reggae band UB40 will be making a return to South Africa in November with their Red Red Wine Tour. Andrea Vinassa spoke to founder and lead vocalist Ali Campbell about the band’s split into two, his deep love for Madiba and South Africa, maturing, and the task of parenting eight children.

A joy to the world

Andrea Vinassa

From rural Mpumalanga to the stages of Milan, Paris and New York in record time – opera star Pretty Yende’s journey from schoolgirl to international singing sensation is an inspiration for all young South Africans. Andrea Vinassa chatted to her on the phone during rehearsals in Paris.

Beating the traffic: Is Cape Town on the right track?

Zanine Wolf

Traffic problems are a huge challenge for many in Cape Town, not least because of the legacy of apartheid spatial planning. Zanine Wolf reports on what’s been done, what’s in the pipeline and what some of the sticking points are.