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.

Natural Wonder


Have yourself a feathery affair

Words: Adél Strydom and images: Debbie Cooper

It’s not every day you get to engage with eagles an arm’s length away. Brace yourself for a breathtaking experience with these majestic beauties at Eagle Encounters.

March 20, 2018

Zapiro Moments

Editorial cartoonist Zapiro shares a few outtakes from his latest annual
Hasta la Gupta, baby!

March 20, 2018

The good, the bad and the skotteltjie

Comedian Shimmy Isaacs reflects on the politics of the day, the city’s water crisis and the price of avocados.

March 20, 2018

Get to know Cyril’s top 6

Jacob is fired. Cyril is president. And the Gupta network fell apart faster than a two-week-old Daihatsu. The only thing falling apart faster is Helen Zille’s Twitter feed, writes Chester Missing.

March 20, 2018

Design with purpose

Feroza Miller-Isaacs

Inventor Mark Algra spearheads multiple design projects that are aimed at improving lives across Cape Town.

February 26, 2018

Homes of the future

Feroza Miller-Isaacs

With the demand for housing far exceeding government’s supply, informal dwellings are likely to be a feature of South African housing for decades to come. Thankfully, there are various projects that are successfully using innovative design ideas to better informal settlements.

February 26, 2018

A helping hand

Yonga Balfour

Many of our vendors sell The Big Issue not only to make an honest living and improve their lives, but also to give their children access to better opportunities than those available to their parents. Nicky Asher-Pedro, The Big Issue’s social worker, noted that the vendors need all the help that they can get when […]

February 26, 2018



Natural Wonder

Words: Meg Mundell Source: Courtesy of The Big Issue Australia / Insp.Ngo Images: Alex Board, Hugh Miller, Rachel Butler, Steve Benjamin, Courtesy Of BBC Studios

Sir David Attenborough is using his famous voice to turn the world’s attention to a part of the planet that urgently needs our help: the oceans.


Summiting the test

Words: Sarah Koopman and Photography: Getty Images, Courtesy Images

A team of adventurers took on the summit of the highest active volcano in the world in to bring awareness to the critical need for early childhood development in South Africa.

Journey to Antarctica: seals, penguins and glacial beauty

Words: Alexandre Meneghini and Photography: Getty Images

Antarctica is a remote place, but it’s not immune to human interference. Reuters photographer Alexandre Meneghini accompanied a Greenpeace team on an expedition to support a call by the European Union to conserve nearly 2 million km2 of the region.

Barry and an angry Bosnian

Someone once said that tragedy plus time equals comedy. Funny man Barry Hilton concurs.