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.

Uganda’s great apes


Ntobeko’s learning curve

This month’s vendor success story follows Ntobeko Makuala (35), an IT graduate on a journey to empower himself with the help of The Big Issue.

July 27, 2017

Hope is a strategy


The majority of South Africa’s children are growing up in poverty. But in true South African spirit, there’s a growing movement to reach out and help those in need. One such initiative has emerged in the Mother City.

July 27, 2017

The humanities and beyond

Derek Carelse, Managing Director of The Big Issue, speaks with Professor Premesh Lalu, Director of the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape, about the role the humanities as a field of study has to play in understanding the concept of freedom in a world of technological advancements.

July 27, 2017

Mending broken lives


For six years, she has successfully led her team to provide a warm, caring space for thousands of abused women and their children. We find out what drives Shaheema McLeod, Director of Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children.

July 26, 2017

Nicola Vernon


“When the children begin respecting themselves, they are able to start setting boundaries with others. ” – Nicola Vernon

Educating the youth, saving the lives of farm animals and increasing food security. It’s all in a day’s work for Nicola Vernon, philanthropist and chairperson of the Greyton Transition Town.

July 26, 2017

Nurturing young talent

Yonga Balfour

At The Big Issue, we do more than just empower our vendors to be successful entrepreneurs. We also support their children’s personal development by exposing them to new opportunities

June 30, 2017

Afrikan in motion

Yasser Booley

Cape Town documentary photographer Yasser Booley talks to us about finding his passion, searching for the perfect shot, and travelling halfway across the African continent using nothing but public transport.

June 30, 2017



Surf’s up at 9 Miles


“Going the distance means no man is left behind. It means no child is left unloved and that no community is left untouched.” These words from Nigel Savel, founder of 9Miles Project, are more than just a saying with a nice ring to it. They’re what fuel his passion to teach young people to surf and walk on the proverbial water.

Matt Bromley’s a swell guy


Professional big wave surfer Matt Bromley might have conquered big waves around the world, but behind all the fame is a young man who uses his talent to inspire others to conquer their giants.


Gathering strands with Lionel Davis


In honour of Lionel Davis’ 81st birthday, the Iziko Museums of South Africa and the District Six Musuem have come together to exhibit the work of this artist, educator anti-apartheid activist and former political prisoner.

Daisy crazy


Harsha Gordhan takes a trip up the West Coast with four of her friends to experience some fl ower power in the blossoming Namaqualand.

Hang out in Hangklip

At the Hangklip Hotel it’s not just the rock that’s hanging, it might just be your hair, too. I went for a drink at Plankies to see where hippies and hipsters mingle.