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 St, Cape Town, 8001
AGE:  29

SHOOTING FROM THE HIP

I’m not very talkative, but I am passionate about people. The Big Issue has improved my communication skills. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be part of the family. I’d love to see young people educating themselves while resources are still available because time is not on anyone’s side.

Thembakazi Sabile

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“I come from eQuzini in King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape. I often travelled to Cape Town to visit my sister, and relocated to the city in 2012 to further my studies. My sister introduced me to The Big Issue, and I joined the organisation in August last year. 

I’m studying nursing at Kingsway College. My vendor income supports my studies and family. My sister has been the breadwinner for the longest time, supporting two family homes in Cape Town and King William’s Town. Now I can also help out. It makes me feel very proud knowing that I contribute to my future and family.

Juggling school and work is not easy, but it’s worth it. I sell the magazine over weekends and after class. My customers are very friendly and supportive. I’d like to think that what makes me stand out the most is the fact that they see I want to empower myself and have a bright future ahead of me.

I’m passionate about nursing. I realised my gift for nursing when I had to take care of my aunt back home when she was sick. I am a calm, caring person and I love listening to music.

I’m not very talkative, but I am passionate about people. The Big Issue has improved my communication skills. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be part of the family. I’d love to see young people educating themselves while resources are still available because time is not on anyone’s side.”

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