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 Beauty Mjethu is always spreading love, whether she’s at her pitch or at home. We get to know this mother of three.
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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.
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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.