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:  Longbridge Mall, Fish Hoek
AGE:  26


What changes do you want to see in SA?

I’d like to see our country fight crime at all levels because people lose their lives every day due to crime. I also wish that the youth could stop using drugs. It’s killing their future. I’d like to be remembered as a God-fearing man and hope to get married in the near future.

Zuko Pholo

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Zukos zeal for life

“I joined The Big Issue more than five years ago when I moved to Cape Town permanently to seek employment. My brother, who’s also a Big Issue vendor, introduced me to the organisation. I come from Cofi mvaba, a rural area in the Eastern Cape. I was raised with my three siblings by a single parent. We had a happy but a die cult childhood. Our father passed on when I was seven years old, and my mother had to sustain us with a vendor’s income. It has been a wonderful experience being part of The Big Issue. The people here are my second family. The empowerment and support we receive has opened doors for me to provide for myself and help out where I can back home. My greatest achievement was building my own house in the Eastern Cape. I am really proud of myself. I’m also interested in becoming a paramedic. The Big Issue is doing its best to help my dream become a reality. I am a loving person. I’m patient and I almost never get angry. I like to be positive all the time. I think that’s what makes me stand out as an individual entrepreneur. My customers and I have a good relationship. They are good, friendly people and they love my jokes.”

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