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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    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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    February 20, 2020
    Big Issue vendor Ntombekhaya Phandle looks for the silver lining in daily challenges. Her positive attitude has earned her the title of vendor of the month.
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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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    January 19, 2020
    If life were a song, Big Issue vendor Solomon Masoso would be the soulful singer that harmonises its melody.
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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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    October 23, 2019
    Big Issue vendor Phanuel Mulaudzi is convinced that endurance and persistence are key when living in impoverished conditions. This young man is determined to persevere and work his way to success.
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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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    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.