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.

Maureen and her cats



Crime novelist Irna van Zyl’s seven-year journey to getting published was not an easy one. After countless rewrites, several rejection letters from publishers, and taking a sabbatical in between, she released her debut novel, which is not so dead in the water.

April 28, 2017

Nomme 20 Delphistraat

Shirmoney Rhode, author of Nomme 20 Delphistraat, writes about her small beginnings and inspiration, and finding her voice as a young writer from the Cape Flats.

April 28, 2017

The Franschhoek recycling stand-off

Jocelyn van der Ross is as indestructible as the items she recycles. She single-handedly started the first recycling project in Franschhoek in 2005 and, despite challenges, she refuses to crumble. The proverbial David, she has remained strong against a few Goliaths. We unearth the story behind Green Spot Recycling.

March 31, 2017

Changing the status quo

Alicia English

Tekkie Tax, a registered public benefit organisation (PBO), is empowering organisations and companies to change the way they raise and donate funds.

March 31, 2017

Breaking bread with Nasiphi

Alicia English

In 2016, The Big Issue opened its doors to the next generation of entrepreneurs as part of its NextGen collaborative workspace initiative. Nasiphi Fazi, managing director of Break Bread Group and a NextGen beneficiary, talks to us about overcoming her fears and pursuing her dreams.

March 31, 2017

Love: a street view

Homeless people. We pass them every other day. Some ask for food, some carry babies. Every so often, we’ll see a couple holding hands. But we never ask them how they met or fell in love. Cape Town photographer Noncedo Mathibela dared to ask.

February 27, 2017

Kennedy’s big plans for SA education

Where other people see problems, Kennedy Kitheka sees opportunities. The biggest opportunity of all in South Africa? Education.

February 27, 2017

Education: You can run your own business

More and more women are taking on the big challenge of building new businesses from the ground up. They’re highly skilled and motivated, and they are helping South Africa’s economy grow.

February 27, 2017



Maureen and her cats

When we first heard of Maureen Gericke, a pensioner in Gardens, and the city cats she’s been looking after for 17 years, we couldn’t resist the urge to share this love story with our readers.

The Big Debate: Traditional vs self-publishing

For some people the dream of being published can be weighed down by the realisation of just how difficult achieving this dream actually is. Sibongile Machika, junior publisher at Jacana Media, and Dane Bowman, project manager of Staging Post, a service bureau for self-publishers, share insights into the pros and cons of traditional and self-publishing. […]


The Big Debate: Down to the last squeeze

Tanner Methvin, a partner at Impact Amplifier, and Claire Pengelly, a water analyst at GreenCape, discuss the current water crisis, potential business opportunities, and more.

The Big Issue: The great leak

- Feroza Miller-Isaacs

With water savings foremost on everyone’s minds, it is tragic to see the gallons of water going to waste as a result of burst pipes and leakages.

UB40 brings ‘healing music’

The three original members of reggae band UB40 will be making a return to South Africa in November with their Red Red Wine Tour. Andrea Vinassa spoke to founder and lead vocalist Ali Campbell about the band’s split into two, his deep love for Madiba and South Africa, maturing, and the task of parenting eight children.