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:  Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town
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What Inspires you?

Besides selling I would like my children and the youth to invest in education. Although it doesn’t guarantee that they’ll get jobs, it is a gift that no one can take away from them. I always encourage my student customers never to give up on their education. They inspire me.

Mzoxolo Mtila

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“I am from a rural village called Centani in Butterworth, Eastern Cape. I am still new to Cape Town, as I moved to the city last year. I previously worked as a petrol attendant but wanted personal economic growth. So I followed my brother’s footsteps and joined the Big Issue family. I sell the magazine at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Surprisingly, most of my customers are adults. My customers are very friendly and I love interacting with them. The Big Issue, I am able to provide more for myself and my children. One of my kids lives with me, the other one is back home. One of my wishes is for my children to live with me so that our family can be complete. The Big Issue, I like to do art and play soccer. I haven’t reached my goals yet but I do see a bright future for myself and my children.”

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