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.

Beyond the blaze


Crime Chronicles

Words: Maygene de Wee

Award-winning journalist and specialist reporter at Netwerk24, Maygene de Wee is proof that the pen is mightier than the sword. She takes us behind some of her news scoops that have made headlines across the country.

January 16, 2019

So, what do you actually do?

Words: Extract from The Echo Of A Noise: A Memoir Of Then And Now by Pieter-Dirk Uys (Tafelberg Publishers)

Pieter-Dirk Uys steps out from behind the makeup.

November 21, 2018

Meet Africa’s youngest writer

Words: Laura Jones

Fun-loving, bubbly Stacey Fru is just 11 years old and she’s Africa’s youngest writer of chapter books. She chatted to The Big Issue about her young yet illustrious life.

November 21, 2018

Dancing the Langarm  

Those who’re old enough will remember David Kramer as the Volkswagen guy in the 1983 advert for the VW Microbus.

November 21, 2018

Make it BIG.

 Courtesy: Sumien Brink, Editor-In-Chief – Visi And New Media Books

Sumien Brink shares her favourite photo shoot of 2018. Simone Stiglingh and Kholisa Thomas had fun with giant animal pieces from design brand Kare, which opened store in Johannesburg earlier this year.

November 21, 2018



Beyond the blaze

Words by: Lungisa Mnqwazi

What do you do when everything you own goes up in flames, quite literally? The ever-present threat of losing everything in a fire is part of daily life in Cape Town’s Masiphumelele informal settlement.


Elon and the Techno Boffins

Words: Alicia English & Lungisa Mnqwazi

Love him or hate him, technology entrepreneur Elon Musk is among South Africa’s top innovators. However, he is not the only one making a mark in the tech world.

Building an inclusive South Africa

Words: Stanley Henkeman

Stanley Henkeman, executive director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, discusses his life and work.

City of contradictions

Words: Adriaan Basson

Never mind the gangs from the Cape Flats, the super-rich ones, who don’t always look the part, are living the life in Clifton, Camps Bay and Constantia.