What’s the Big Issue?

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.

We are 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.

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.



From this months Issue

  • All
  • Agents of Change
  • Feature
  • News

Moms, maths and gangs

This story of hope from communities rife with poverty and gangsterism started with maths literacy and moms.

An invitation to reconcile

kykNET’s new reality TV show Die Uitnodiging (The Invitation) is back. The second season reconnects families, mends broken relationships and encourages healing. We chat to host and executive producer Cato Bekker.


A creative project dedicated to medical staff and their acts of bravery during COVID-19 – by Ronelda S. Kamfer and Nathan Trantraal.

The change in your pocket makes a big change in the lives of vendors.