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
    June 24, 2019
    This issue’s vendor on the pitch is Sherman Permall, 40, who sells the magazine outside the Valyland Centre in Fish Hoek. He tells us how The big issue has given him a fresh new start.
  • Date
    June 24, 2019
    We often hear stories of mothers being single parents, but Mjongeni Malanti (53), is a single father who is defying all stereotypes when it comes to raising his children on his own.
  • Michael van der Walt
    Date
    June 24, 2019
    When Michael van der Walt started selling The Big Issue last year, it was love at first sell. The 62-year-old relocated from Soshanguve near Pretoria early last year and now lives in a shelter for the homeless in District Six (Zonnebloem).