Change is in your pocket

The Big Issue is a socially responsible non-profit organisation that enables willing unemployed and marginalised adults to take responsibility for their own lives through a developmental employment programme.

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Eco Sanitation restores dignity

Words by : Lungisa Mnqwazi Image by: Mwangi Githahu

A newly installed dry toilet in Rugley Road, Vredehoek, is giving homeless people and volunteers working in a nearby organic food garden free access to safe and hygienic sanitation.

March 25, 2019

Sizwe’s cuisine

Words and Photography by: Lungisa Mnqwazi

Chef de cuisine at Olympia Café in Kalk Bay, Sizwe Stugela
is a young, up-and-coming chef who is making a name for himself in the culinary world.

March 22, 2019

Warrior on Wheels

Words and Photography by: Lungisa Mnqwazi

A partnership between CapeNature and the Warrior on Wheels Foundation is promoting mobility and transforming the lives of children with special needs.

March 22, 2019

Candice pays it forward

When it comes to The Big Issue Vendors, Betty’s Bay resident Candice Dorman is leading the way through her various acts of kindness.

February 20, 2019

Bongani’s wheels of furtune

Big Issue vendor Bongani Pholo received the surprise of his life when two loyal readers recently gave him their pre-owned van

February 20, 2019



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Tarryn Tomlinson

Accessibility Auditor Tarryn Tomlinson has been wheelchair- bound since adolescence. She reveals how she’s managed to navigate her way around as someone living with a disability.


Beyond the blaze

Words by: Lungisa Mnqwazi

What do you do when everything you own goes up in flames, quite literally? The ever-present threat of losing everything in a fire is part of daily life in Cape Town’s Masiphumelele informal settlement.

Elon and the Techno Boffins

Words: Alicia English & Lungisa Mnqwazi

Love him or hate him, technology entrepreneur Elon Musk is among South Africa’s top innovators. However, he is not the only one making a mark in the tech world.

Building an inclusive South Africa

Words: Stanley Henkeman

Stanley Henkeman, executive director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, discusses his life and work.