What’s the Big Issue?

The Big Issue magazine’s high quality and varied content appeals to a wide range of readers across age, culture, religion, gender and other demographic indicators.

We are a general lifestyle magazine which includes news, opinion, debates, features, arts & culture (what’s on), a focus on our vendors, a section for our young readers, and an entertainment section.
Our monthly news section includes on-the-ground reporting of local and international news and issues.

Our cover stories are generally about an individual, event, unusual story, or a big issue that impacts us all.  We also share in-depth interviews with local and international celebrities, artists, change-makers and thought leaders.

The Agents of Change profiles local people or organisations committed to making positive changes in our society, whether they are focused on children, youth, our older citizens, animals, tackling social challenges, or finding innovative ways of effecting change.

We also include photo essays and spreads featuring outstanding images from across South Africa and, sometimes, the world.



From this months Issue

  • All
  • Agents of Change
  • Feature
  • News
  • Vendor Success

Lavista’s living the good life

Lavista Ntshoza is breaking boundaries to ensure that he moves forward in life and become the tour guide he has always dreamed of

Exposing Bullying

Chauncey’s Epic Anti-Bullying Club gives a voice to survivors of bullying. Founder Beverley Davids shares how the club is honouring the memory of her late son Chauncey, who was bullied at school.

Shaping our girl-trepreneurs

An initiative by New Heritage Foundation, a registered non-profit organisation in Cape Town, is building and shaping the next generation of female entrepreneurs in the city. And it’s doing so from the ground up.