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.

Alternative Learning


Reconstructing communities

Words: Alicia English

Award-winning social enterprise RLabs is reconstructing communities through innovation, technology and education.

April 23, 2019

Songs of Empowerment

Words: Lungisa Mnqwazi
Images: Lungisa Mnqwazi

The Rainbow Academy, a non-profit organisation in Cape Town, is grooming the Mother City’s aspiring performance artists who want to make their mark in the industry.

April 23, 2019

House of David brings hope

Words: Lungisa Mnqwazi and Alicia English

In Seawinds, Lavender Hill, a group of volunteers from the House of David Love Fellowship is bringing hope to some of the city’s most vulnerable and forgotten communities.

April 23, 2019

Eco Sanitation restores dignity

Words by : Lungisa Mnqwazi Image by: Mwangi Githahu

A newly installed dry toilet in Rugley Road, Vredehoek, is giving homeless people and volunteers working in a nearby organic food garden free access to safe and hygienic sanitation.

March 25, 2019

Sizwe’s cuisine

Words and Photography by: Lungisa Mnqwazi

Chef de cuisine at Olympia Café in Kalk Bay, Sizwe Stugela
is a young, up-and-coming chef who is making a name for himself in the culinary world.

March 22, 2019



X marks your vote

Words: Lungisa Mnqwazi
Images: Lungisa Mnqwazi

On 8 May, South Africans will cast their vote in the sixth national democratic elections. Several Big Issue vendors give us their take on this important political event.

Alternative Learning

Words: Lungisa Mnqwazi

On 9 April, nearly 1 300 learners were yet to be placed in Western Cape schools. With so many learners still awaiting placement, could the solution to this crisis lie in alternative education systems?


Girl tames world

Tarryn Tomlinson

Accessibility Auditor Tarryn Tomlinson has been wheelchair- bound since adolescence. She reveals how she’s managed to navigate her way around as someone living with a disability.

Beyond the blaze

Words by: Lungisa Mnqwazi

What do you do when everything you own goes up in flames, quite literally? The ever-present threat of losing everything in a fire is part of daily life in Cape Town’s Masiphumelele informal settlement.

Elon and the Techno Boffins

Words: Alicia English & Lungisa Mnqwazi

Love him or hate him, technology entrepreneur Elon Musk is among South Africa’s top innovators. However, he is not the only one making a mark in the tech world.