Building change, stitch by stitch

The Salesian Institute Youth Projects’ Stitch Ahead Sewing Programme has advanced with the launch of a micro-factory helping empower marginalised women.

Overcoming Heights

On 2 March 2020, Tarryn Tomlinson, together with five others differently-abled individuals, joined to climb Kilimanjaro. By day three the group had reached base camp at 4 720m above sea level. They remained there for two days and after a total climb of five days, began their descent by vehicle. Tarryn says that although she thought about giving up, she kept going: Speaking to Daily Maverick, she commented, “Surrounded by snow and mountain peaks I felt overwhelmed with appreciation and pride. The beauty was incredible.”

Laundry offers free showers to homeless people

LaundReCycle is energy and water self-sufficient. It has been running since 2021 at the Streetscapes Urban Farm.

Farewell and thank you

When they say time flies when you are having fun, they certainly mean it. My journey at The Big Issue started about two years ago and it still feels like yesterday …

Featured Vendors

Vendors of the month:

5 minutes with Batsi Jorofani

I paint to reflect the beauty I see and feelings I experience. Most of my art I paint from imagination and memories. I enjoy experimenting with the play of light in a painting and the use of warm, cool and hot colours of the paint helps me express my interpretation of the subject – be it figures, landscapes or floral studies.

In This Issue

Open letters to Ramaposa and Government

Open letters to the government from concerned SA Citizens: the Institute for Economic Justice and others send a message to the current president of the moment.

From Previous Issues

Eco Adventurers

Wild about the bush: three young conservation heroes highlight the importance of getting kids hooked on nature.

BIG ISSUE scam crime report back

All necessary investigations have been conducted by key role players in the cyber scam: Standard Bank (our bank), First National Bank (scammer’s account), anti-cybercrime forensic specialists Wolfpack Information Risk, SAPS, our auditor and our insurer. To prevent a repeat of this crime, we have installed new software on all work devices, which is able to detect malicious inbound and outbound emails.

Agents of change

The Spirit Foundation and the Big Issue partnership

The Big Issue South Africa partnership with the Spirit Foundation has been truly, changing our vendors’ lives as well as those of their children

Please work with us

The Big Issue stands for upliftment of those who are marginalised in society. Our Social Worker, Melody Gombakoma, updates us on the welfare of our vendors and their start to the new year. If you would like to support our vendors, contact Melody at Any assistance would by greatly appreciated.

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