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
  • City Life
  • News

Ready Read Rise

Inspiring non-profit organisation Read to Rise is creating opportunities for children in impoverished South African communities to broaden their horizons through reading.

“Who needs a leg?”

When Thabo Dube lost his leg in an accident, permanently shattered. But creativity kicked in and he began telling his story through the manufacture of leather bags.

Pangolins. Will they become the dodo of our generation?

World Pangolin Day, which was on 15 February, marked an important date in celebrating an enigmatic mammal species that is on the verge of becoming extinct. We find out why.