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.


The Big Issue magazine’s high quality, varied content appeals to a wide range of readers from all demographic groups.

On-the-ground reporting of the latest local and international news. In addition, a lighter Seriaas?! section offers a collection of news covering the more ridiculous side of current affairs.

Top quality columnists share their opinions and views on current affairs.

Cover stories and in-depth interviews with local and international celebrities, artists, change makers and noteworthy individuals.

Agents of Change profiles of local people or organisations committed to making positive changes in our society.

Photo essays and spreads featuring outstanding images from across South Africa and the world.

Special reports offering unflinching and thorough investigative reporting on pressing current issues.

A showcase of local arts and entertainment, including theatre guides, artist interviews and music and book reviews.

Vendor profiles and personal stories of struggle and upliftment. Vendor of the Month and a collection of vendor art and writing is also published.

Cartoons, crosswords and Sudoku.