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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    October 23, 2019
    Big Issue vendor Zukiswa Mqikelana dreams of seeing her kids prosper one day and become adults who will make her proud.
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    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.
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    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.
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    July 25, 2019
    Angel Sabile charms her customers with her beautiful smile, wit and love for fashion whenever she’s on her Cape Town pitch.
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    June 25, 2019
    Big Issue vendor of the month Jakoef Gallant may have had a tough life, but this father of three is persevering each day to make ends meet and provide for his youngest son.
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    June 24, 2019
    Our vendor of the month
    Nancy Mgqelana, sells The Big Issue in Protea Road, Claremont. She tells us about her goals for 2019 and how she plans to improve her life and those of her three children.
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    June 24, 2019
    Lindelwa Mtsi may come across as shy and quiet – but that’s only because she doesn’t speak English very well. Once you start talking to this vibrant Big Issue vendor, you’ll find that she’s quite the opposite: talkative, with a great sense of humour.