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 #233
24 August


On the cover:
Why are we still battling to turn the tide against TB?

Photo essay:
Celebrating the astonishing work of the late Juhan Kuus

Agents of change:
How StreetSmart SA converts diners to donors

Celebrity interview:
Taylor Swift’s secret to shaking it off

Behind the scenes:
An insider’s account of a day in a tattoo parlour

What’s on?
The latest festivals, shows, gigs, markets and more


Photo Essay: Shedding Light

Having documented many of South Africa’s greatest atrocities and triumphs for the past 45 years, world-renowned photographer Juhan Kuus passed away on July 12. We are proud to feature some of his latest work in this issue, highlighting the everyday lives of those who call Cape Town home.


The smart way to give

In 10 years, StreetSmart SA has raised more than R5 million for South Africa’s vulnerable children. How? By urging diners at participating restuarants to add just R5 to their bill. We speak to founding member and new chairperson, Melanie Burke, about their journey so far and the road ahead.


Taylor Made

In the midst of her colossal world tour, global superstar Taylor Swift took some time to discuss growing up (and messing up) in the public eye, crossing over from country to pop and, above all, staying true to herself and her fans.


More than skin deep

Many people may drive past Cape Electric Tattoo Parlour on Buitensingel Street every day, but only a few will ever go inside. We asked a local tattoo enthusiast to give us a behind-the-scenes peek into the world of indelible art.


Clearing the air

Despite being curable, tuberculosis (TB) is still one of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases. In South Africa alone, it kills about 482 000 people per year, according to the World Health Organisation. We explore some of the setbacks and successes in the battle against TB.


Don’t Miss…

Ntombekhaya’s story: Ntombekhaya Phandle has been a Big Issue vendor for eight years, but has been selling the magazine at Canal Walk since 2012. She joined The Big Issue to supplement her family’s income, but began to rely on her sales when she became a single mom.

Fezile’s story: Fezile Ntshebe is a fairly new vendor who needs all the support he can get while he builds up a loyal customer base. He joined The Big Issue in February this year, when he lost his job as a security guard and his cousin, a fellow vendor, told him about the organisation.