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.


The Big Issue magazine’s high quality and varied content appeals to a wide range of readers across age, culture, religion, gender and other demographic indicators.  It is a general lifestyle magazine which includes  news, opinion, debates, features, arts & culture (what’s on), a focus on our vendors, a section for our young readers, and an entertainment section.


Our monthly news section includes on-the-ground reporting of local and international news and issues.


Top quality columnists share their opinions and views on current affairs, and we now have a Big Debate section where two people in a particular sector offer opposing views on a social topic


Our cover stories are generally about an individual, event, unusual story, or a big issue that impacts us all.  We also share in-depth interviews with local and international celebrities, artists, change-makers and thought leaders.

The Agents of Change profiles local people or organisations committed to making positive changes in our society, whether they are focused on children, youth, our older citizens, animals, tackling social challenges, or finding innovative ways of effecting change.

We also include photo essays and spreads featuring outstanding images from across South Africa and, sometimes, the world.

Arts & Culture – What’s On

We provide information on what is happening locally in film, theatre, music, art, exhibitions, museums andfestivals.  We include a calendar of activities and events, along with entertainment guides, artist interviews, and music and book reviews.

Vendor Stories

The Big Issue takes particular pride in sharing vendor stories – of both struggle and success. We always feature a Vendor of the Month, and also include vendor art from our creative workshops, as well as vendor writing and poetry where available.


Everybody loves a cartoon, a crossword and challenging Sudoku puzzle, so we make sure to include these in every issue.

The Little Issue

This is a great section, usually about four pages, of puzzles, quiz questions, weird and wonderful freaky facts, and other exciting knowledge bits for kids.