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.

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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

Positive from the negative: Theo Booysen

Words: Theo Booysen, Extracted From Cape Town Youth: From Victim To Victor By Sofia Neves, Published By Salesian Life Choices

Violently assaulted by his father when he was eight, Theo Booysen (18) spent time in foster care, where he learnt not to give up. Becoming a role model to his younger brother, Theo grew to understand that his value as a human is far greater than what his father showed him. This is his story.

November 21, 2018

Don’t settle! : Vusi Thembekwayo

Words: Adél Strydom

Meet Vusi Thembekwayo: global speaker, venture capitalist, Dragon’s Den star and disruptor.

November 21, 2018



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.


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.