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.

Get Involved

Want to get involved? Read about some of the possible ways below!

Your support is key to our endeavour, and it is the key to The Big Issue remaining a successful self-published magazine produced by a non-profit social enterprise.  We rely on you and we are always looking for further support.

Buy a magazine from a vendor near you

The Big Issue vendors are situated all over Cape Town. Have your R25 ready, or purchase via your Snapscan app, and support your local vendor!  The vendor makes 50% of the cover price and all other proceeds go to our skills training and social support programme.

Not in Cape Town? Subscribe to The Big Issue – in print or online!

Yearly subscriptions of 11 print editions [including the bumper year-end Collector’s Edition] cost R275, including postage within South Africa.  An online subscription comes with a 34% saving at present, at a total cost of R204.84 – and still helps to support our great work!

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Donate now!

Donating to The Big Issue means supporting micro-entrepreneurs to generate an independent income – and it couldn’t be easier! Donations can be made directly into our bank account* at:

THE BIG ISSUE

Standard Bank | Blue Route branch (branch code 025 609)
Account 072 027 282
SWIFT Code SBZAZAJJ (International transfers)

* Please specify “donation” on the EFT or deposit, and your name if you are willing to share your information.  We would also hugely appreciate you dropping us a mail on md@bigissue.org.za with your details so that we can be in touch to thank you and to keep you posted on the difference your support is making.

Other options for getting involved?

There are many ways you can get involved in supporting the magazine, besides purchasing your monthly copy.  Here’s how:

  1. Join the #Big200: this is a group of brilliant people who financially contribute monthly to our work. Find out more
  1. Volunteer: as an individual there are multiple opportunities for volunteering – writing articles, providing images, supporting the organisational operations, and running skills development training.  Alternatively, offer us something – we are always open to discussion and opportunities!

Encourage your family and friends to buy the magazine, to join the #Big200, to get their companies to advertise and / or to contribute CSI funds in support of The Big Issue’s fantastic endeavour.