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.

Walking with Elephants


Making waves for climate change

Braam Malherbe

Having covered nearly 15 000km over the past decade, Braam Malherbe has certainly doing more than one thing to help save our planet. The conservationist shares tales from his most recent earth-saving expedition.

June 30, 2017

The Big Issue Winter Drive

Help us spread some winter warmth in support of this year’s Mandela Day, which is on Tuesday, 18 July. Get out your wool and needles and start knitting blankets, scarves or beanies, which will be donated to all our valued Big Issue vendors.

May 28, 2017

Inside the cradle of creativity

Congress and International Theatre Festival for Children and Young Audiences recently turned the spotlight on creating access to the arts in Africa.

May 28, 2017

The tale of 67 blankets

Carolyn Steyn, philanthropist and founder of 67 Blankets, shares how one challenge to knit a blanket in honour of the late president Nelson Mandela has grown into a global movement, and changed her life forever.

May 28, 2017

Can Kobus bounce back

Yonga Balfour

Kobus Smith, a Big Issue vendor who recently stopped selling The Big Issue magazine at Canal Walk Mall, Century City, hopes to be at a selling point in Milnerton soon.

May 28, 2017

Buhle’s cinema in a box

Shelee-Kim Gold

Buhle Sithela is a young entrepreneur who is not waiting for his big break to come before bringing change to his community. He is using innovation to bring the big screen and big change to audiences in Khayelitsha.

May 28, 2017

Nonceba’s rise to the top

The Big Issue plays a vital role in the development of its vendors’ skills and talents. Nonceba Sondlo, a former vendor, is now living her dream of being an early childhood development educator, thanks to this magazine.

April 28, 2017



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.

Walking with Elephants


Olifantland explores the tension between man and nature, asking whether animal conservation has a place in a country where many citizens fight for basic human rights on a daily basis.


Teenage change agents

Alicia English

From rhino conservationists and entrepreneurs to ballerinas and community workers, kids in Cape Town do amazing things. We caught up with some of the city’s young shooting stars.

Is the internet making us dumber?

John Stupart, newsletters editor at the Daily Maverick, and Keri Leicher, political and country risk senior associate at S-RM, discuss the spread of fake news and its dangers.

Rhinos in the city

The spectacular ‘The Rhinos Are Coming!!!’ outdoor art exhibition has returned to the city to raise funds to help stop rhino poaching.