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.
PITCH:  buitengracht street, cape town
AGE:  60


We’re not rich but there’s always something in the hand daily

Kholisile Batayi

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Kholisile’s extraordinary bravery

You’ll find the vendor of the month Kholisile Batayi (60) sharing his pitch with his wife in buitengracht street, opposite the southern sun hotel.

“My wife, Noluthando, doesn’t sell with me as often anymore because she’s been studying for a while.”

Kholisile worked for a company that was contracted to offload trucks for PEP. “I quit that job, as it wasn’t bringing in much money and my wife advised me to join her selling magazines. There’s been such a difference financially. We’re not rich but there’s always something in the hand daily. Also, adjusting to working with different people every day wasn’t that difficult because I am a father of four and I work with a lot of people at church too.”

Kholisile’s story is not without shocking trauma and heartbreak though. When his daughter was raped by a relative, he says he received huge support from his customers, The Big Issue and his immediate family.

“Their encouragement kept me going. I’ll be forever grateful to them. Working with this publication has given me time to spend with my kids, teach them more and engage in the things they like.”


 We Need Your Help

The Big Issue appeals to all public space and shopping mall owners, managers and operators in the greater Cape Metro to allow our vendors to sell magazines at their sites. It can be hazardous and physically exhausting selling The Big Issue at traffic intersections, especially during winter. We’d like to see more vendors selling the magazine in a safer environment. Email to get involved.

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