Meet Our Vendors!


The Big Issue is a socially responsible non-profit organisation that enables willing unemployed and marginalized adults to take responsibility for their own lives through development employment programme.

Primarily, we produce a monthly magazine which individuals purchase from our offices to sell at traffic lights. This way of earning an income is not easy. Traffic light sales are gruelling – on your feet all day; in all kinds of hot, cold, wet and windy weather; relying on the interest or kindness of strangers, and the possibility of befriending regular customers. It is hard work!

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  • Date
    September 25, 2019
    The Big Issue vendor Tsepo Philiso’s kindness, empathy and selflessness when helping others – without expecting any rewards – has earned him the respect of his fellow vendors and customers alike.
  • Date
    August 21, 2019
    Zuko Pholo, our Big Issue vendor of the month, is a dedicated young man who would move mountains to see himself succeed in the future.
  • Date
    June 24, 2019
    Our vendor on the move, Mzoxolo Mtila, is an ambitious family man who wants nothing but the best for his children. He lets us know there’s more to him than being a Big Issue entrepreneur.