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
  • City Life
  • Feature
  • News

Hospitalty’s horror, anguish and hope

Chef Liam Tomlin of Chefs Warehouse and Thali Restaurant Group reveals how the pandemic and resulting lockdown have impacted his business, and shares his future hopes for the hospitality industry.

Fisher communities adapt to new realities

Dr Serge Raemaekers, managing director of ABALOBI ICT4FISHERIES, shares how seafood supply chains are adapting to new realities and highlights the social enterprise’s transition to a multi-channel marketplace.

Coming back from the brink

Chef, food writer and restaurateur Karen Dudley opens up about her pain of closing her Woodstock restaurant The Kitchen during lockdown, and what it will take to recover during this difficult time.