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.

Philippi’s farming crisis


Bongani’s wheels of furtune

Big Issue vendor Bongani Pholo received the surprise of his life when two loyal readers recently gave him their pre-owned van

February 20, 2019

Kamva Goso defies all odds

Words by: Lungisa Mnqwazi

Kamva Goso, 18, from Philippi is living proof that township schools can produce some of our country’s top achievers. We recently caught up with the young genius who achieved top marks in the 2018 final matric examination.

February 20, 2019


words by: Alicia English

In 2017, after over 20 years in the corporate world, Gadija Gamieldien took a leap of faith to start her own online platform, CookHalaal. She tells us about the twists and turns on her journey.

February 20, 2019

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.

January 16, 2019

Graffiti for Good

Catch an eclectic mix of local and international street artists live during the International Public Art Festival (IPAF), which takes place in Salt River from 9 to 17 February.

January 16, 2019



Philippi’s farming crisis

Words: Lungisa Mnqwazi and Alicia English
Photos: Maryatta Wegerif/ Courtesy of GroundUp

The 130-year-old Philippi Horticultural Area could be facing an ‘ecocide’ if a judicial review of 12 development permissions in the area does not swing in favour of the Philippi Horticultural Area Food and Farming Campaign.


X marks your vote

Words: Lungisa Mnqwazi
Images: Lungisa Mnqwazi

On 8 May, South Africans will cast their vote in the sixth national democratic elections. Several Big Issue vendors give us their take on this important political event.

Alternative Learning

Words: Lungisa Mnqwazi

On 9 April, nearly 1 300 learners were yet to be placed in Western Cape schools. With so many learners still awaiting placement, could the solution to this crisis lie in alternative education systems?

Girl tames world

Tarryn Tomlinson

Accessibility Auditor Tarryn Tomlinson has been wheelchair- bound since adolescence. She reveals how she’s managed to navigate her way around as someone living with a disability.