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
    May 19, 2020
    Big Issue vendor Joseph Klink longs to be at his pitch and interact with his valued customers. We spoke to him halfway through the national lockdown.
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    March 17, 2020
    Big Issue vendor Nozuko Mabohlo’s cheerful disposition has earned her the respect and support of her loyal customers for over a decade. We caught up with the smiling granny at her Protea Road, Claremont pitch.
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    February 21, 2020
    Known for her smile and friendly wave between cars, Big Issue vendor Bongiwe Mqhakayi is one remarkable woman. She shares some of her aspirations for 2020.
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    January 20, 2020
    Known for her smile and friendly wave between cars, Big Issue vendor Bongiwe Mqhakayi is one remarkable woman. She shares some of her aspirations for 2020.
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    November 28, 2019
    Big Issue vendor Joseph Klint is proof that dedication certainly doesn’t get old. The 67-year-old grandfather has been selling the magazine for 22 years and he’s still as passionate as he was on his first day at his pitch.
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    September 25, 2019
    Big Issue vendor Ntombekhaya Mhambi seldom misses a day on her pitch in Bowwood Road, Claremont. This charming single mother is determined to redesign her children’s future.