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Maureen and her cats


Global News: Street talk

In a special #VendorWeek feature for 2017, three street paper sellers share what makes their part of the world unique. Pictured with some iconic landmarks in the background, they reveal their biggest achievements, the challenges they face, and how selling a street paper has changed their lives.

February 27, 2017

Big Issue: Business with a Conscience

Kieno Kammies

Could social entrepreneurship be the answer to South Africa’s economic woes? Talk-radio host and The Big Issue board member Kieno Kammies shares his personal views on this question.

February 27, 2017

The Big Debate: Whose Responsibility is it anyway?

Derek Carelse, managing director of The Big Issue, and Tanner Methvin, partner at Impact Amplifier, confront how South Africa should address its social challenges

February 27, 2017

The no-meat millenials

Frances Housdon and Glynis O’Hara

Braais and Banting have become part of the normal culinary landscape in SA, but it seems there’s a new vegetarian trend afoot, especially among millennials with an appetite for tackling global warming. Frances Housdon and Glynis O’Hara look at the shift and at some of the options available if you give up meat.

December 2, 2016

How we are soiling the sea

Martina Keenan

Every day millions of litres of raw sewage is pumped into the ocean, just off Green Point, Camps Bay and Hout Bay. The City has reapplied for its permit to do so, and the outcome is expected soon. Martina Keenan investigates.

December 1, 2016

Literacy from the ground up

Andrea Vinassa

Zimkhitha Mlanzeli was bitten by the writing bug after her first story was published by FunDza, a future-focused organisation igniting a passion for reading and writing among South Africa’s youth. By Andrea Vinassa

November 28, 2016

10 things we need to do to tackle rape

Lisa Vetten

Lisa Vetten, a gender-rights activist currently with the Wits City Institute at Wits University, tells The Big Issue what she thinks needs to happen to tackle the high levels of rape in our country.

November 23, 2016

The dirt-eaters – a stressful and dangerous addiction for many women

All over South Africa, women have developed taste for eating soil or clay and now packets of soil are being sold by street vendors alongside their usual products. SANDILE MBILI, BONTLE MOTSOENENG AND LINDIWE MSIBI report…

November 21, 2016



Maureen and her cats

When we first heard of Maureen Gericke, a pensioner in Gardens, and the city cats she’s been looking after for 17 years, we couldn’t resist the urge to share this love story with our readers.

The Big Debate: Traditional vs self-publishing

For some people the dream of being published can be weighed down by the realisation of just how difficult achieving this dream actually is. Sibongile Machika, junior publisher at Jacana Media, and Dane Bowman, project manager of Staging Post, a service bureau for self-publishers, share insights into the pros and cons of traditional and self-publishing. […]


The Big Debate: Down to the last squeeze

Tanner Methvin, a partner at Impact Amplifier, and Claire Pengelly, a water analyst at GreenCape, discuss the current water crisis, potential business opportunities, and more.

The Big Issue: The great leak

- Feroza Miller-Isaacs

With water savings foremost on everyone’s minds, it is tragic to see the gallons of water going to waste as a result of burst pipes and leakages.

UB40 brings ‘healing music’

The three original members of reggae band UB40 will be making a return to South Africa in November with their Red Red Wine Tour. Andrea Vinassa spoke to founder and lead vocalist Ali Campbell about the band’s split into two, his deep love for Madiba and South Africa, maturing, and the task of parenting eight children.