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.

Philippi’s farming crisis


Eco-friendly travel made easy

Words: Lungisa Mnqwazi
Photos: Courtesy Image

Local green movement, Cape Town Green Map, is celebrating 10 years of positioning the Mother City as a top green tourism destination.

May 20, 2019

The ABCs of early learning

Words: Gina Nel
Courtesy Image

Children from underprivelidged communities in Kynsna are recieveing a head start in life, thanks to the invaluable contributions of Knysna Education Trust.

May 20, 2019

The politics of climate change

Words: Natalie Geyser Photo: Ryan Fortune

Do political parties care about the environment we live in? A coalition of environmental and social justice groups posed this question to several political parties during a recent public political party manifesto debate on climate change.

May 20, 2019

Reconstructing communities

Words: Alicia English

Award-winning social enterprise RLabs is reconstructing communities through innovation, technology and education.

April 23, 2019

Songs of Empowerment

Words: Lungisa Mnqwazi
Images: Lungisa Mnqwazi

The Rainbow Academy, a non-profit organisation in Cape Town, is grooming the Mother City’s aspiring performance artists who want to make their mark in the industry.

April 23, 2019



Philippi’s farming crisis

Words: Lungisa Mnqwazi and Alicia English
Photos: Maryatta Wegerif/ Courtesy of GroundUp

The 130-year-old Philippi Horticultural Area could be facing an ‘ecocide’ if a judicial review of 12 development permissions in the area does not swing in favour of the Philippi Horticultural Area Food and Farming Campaign.


X marks your vote

Words: Lungisa Mnqwazi
Images: Lungisa Mnqwazi

On 8 May, South Africans will cast their vote in the sixth national democratic elections. Several Big Issue vendors give us their take on this important political event.

Alternative Learning

Words: Lungisa Mnqwazi

On 9 April, nearly 1 300 learners were yet to be placed in Western Cape schools. With so many learners still awaiting placement, could the solution to this crisis lie in alternative education systems?

Girl tames world

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.