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.

Journey to Antarctica: seals, penguins and glacial beauty


Vendor success: Monica’s off to a fresh start

Big issue entrepreneur Monica Vuka is one step closer to her dream vocation, thanks to the support she’s receiving from the organisation, customers and her family. She shares her journey with us.

April 20, 2018

6 Million steps in the right direction

Words: Sarah Koopman and Photography: David Bell

South African Peter Dunn has embarked on a five-month long journey to raise awareness and money for the Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa (CHOC). We find out why.

April 20, 2018

So you think you can dance?

Words: Feroza Miller-Isaacs and Photography: Mark Wessels

Jazzart Dance Theatre, the longest established dance company in the Cape, is hot on the heels of personal expression.

April 20, 2018

Exploring the deep blue with Ratanang

Words: Samina Anwary And Photography: Bulelani Bhokela

Civil Works Diver Ratanang Maremane has never been interested in a life on land. So after an application to be a fighter pilot didn’t work out, she took to the water and became only the second black navy diver in South Africa’s history.

April 20, 2018

Lavista’s moved on and is living the dream

Former Big Issue entrepreneur Lavista Ntshoza, 34, is living his dream thanks to his perseverance and motivation from loyal customers.

March 20, 2018

Have yourself a feathery affair

Words: Adél Strydom and images: Debbie Cooper

It’s not every day you get to engage with eagles an arm’s length away. Brace yourself for a breathtaking experience with these majestic beauties at Eagle Encounters.

March 20, 2018

Zapiro Moments

Editorial cartoonist Zapiro shares a few outtakes from his latest annual
Hasta la Gupta, baby!

March 20, 2018



Summiting the test

Words: Sarah Koopman and Photography: Getty Images, Courtesy Images

A team of adventurers took on the summit of the highest active volcano in the world in to bring awareness to the critical need for early childhood development in South Africa.

Journey to Antarctica: seals, penguins and glacial beauty

Words: Alexandre Meneghini and Photography: Getty Images

Antarctica is a remote place, but it’s not immune to human interference. Reuters photographer Alexandre Meneghini accompanied a Greenpeace team on an expedition to support a call by the European Union to conserve nearly 2 million km2 of the region.


Barry and an angry Bosnian

Someone once said that tragedy plus time equals comedy. Funny man Barry Hilton concurs.

Housekeeping at Luthuli House

Evita Bezuidenhout shares her 2018 Luthuli Housekeeping Report, and offers some advice for our country’s new number one.

Designed to do good

Words: Sarah Koopman

With a focus on using the power of design to improve lives, the team at the Design Indaba have created innovative projects that aim to create solutions that further the greater good.