The 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.

ISSUE
#238

5 Jan
TO 19 Feb

About Us

What is The Big Issue

The heart of The Big Issue operation is the Social Development Department. Here vendors and their families have access to guidance counselling and social support services. The Vendor Training and Development programme aims to equip vendors to move on into the formal job market through life and job skills training. Free crèche services and ongoing health check-ups are also made available to vendors.

The Distribution Department ensures that vendors understand the business side of selling. Vendors buy each copy for R10 (50% of the cover price) and sell the magazine for R20. Four depots – Woodstock, Wynberg, Bellville and Somerset West – keep vendors from all areas supplied with magazines. A mobile distribution van also resupplies vendors on the street.

The Big Issue believes in giving vendors “a hand up, not a hand out.” By earning an income homeless, unemployed and socially marginalised people are taking their future into their own hands. The Big Issue has provided employment and social support for thousands of people, who have earned over R15-million since its inception.

All income from sales and advertising is put back into producing a better magazine and providing jobs and social support for the unemployed and destitute. The Big Issue relies on funding from national and international donors to cover the majority of operating costs.

The Big Facts

The Big Issue is a non-profit nongovernmental organisation (NGO) and Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) that publishes a general interest magazine monthly.

Through running a vendor sales operation, The Big Issue creates jobs for unemployed, homeless and socially excluded adults.

The Big Issue’s Social Development Programme provides vendor support including vocational, life and business skills training and guidance counselling.

The Big Issue aims to actively encourage and equip vendors to “move on” from the project into mainstream society.

Funding and Supporters

All income from sales and advertising is put back into producing a better magazine and providing jobs and social support for the unemployed and destitute. The Big Issue relies on funding from national and international donors to cover the majority of operating costs.

The Big Issue welcomes contributions from individuals, businesses and funding bodies. The Big Issue is registered as a Public Benefit Organisation in terms of section 18A of the Act.

Thank you to our readers who are our primary supporters, and to our donors and funders.