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


House of David brings hope

Words: Lungisa Mnqwazi and Alicia English

In Seawinds, Lavender Hill, a group of volunteers from the House of David Love Fellowship is bringing hope to some of the city’s most vulnerable and forgotten communities.

April 23, 2019

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



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.