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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    August 22, 2019
    Any parent will tell you that caring for your children is a great responsibility, and never easy. Doreen Dyidi, 52, this month’s vendor on the pitch, is determined to give her kids a head start in life.
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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 26, 2019
    Big Issue vendor Goodman Zenani is doing everything he can to save enough money to marry the love of his life and make his wedding day a memorable one.
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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
    Vendor on the pitch Zola Sawula, sells The Big Issue in York Road, Green Point. He talks about his appreciation for his customers and how he loves being an entrepreneur.
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    June 24, 2019
    Our vendor of the month, Zamikhaya France, 36, sells The Big Issue at the Constantia Village shopping centre. He’s an ambitious, happy person who loves his work.
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    June 24, 2019
    Zeid Mohammed Yusuf (26), our vendor on the pitch, sells The Big Issue near the post office in Simon’s Town. We find out what he plans to get up to this summer. Words and photography: Yonga Balfour
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    June 24, 2019
    This month’s vendor on the pitch Zama Loliwe, 20, might be the new kid on the block, but he’s a keen learner. He opens up about being a new Big Issue entrepreneur.