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
  • Vendors

A voice for you, boo

Animal cruelty and abuse is a barbaric demonstration of people manipulating ill-conceived notions of power over other species and exploiting innocence. In some instances, it is also about ignorance versus education. TEARS Senior Animal Welfare Assistant Sive Twani talks to The Big Issue about giving animals a voice.

Vendors in the Hood – Constantia Cape Town

Vendors in the Hood – Constantia Cape Town The cold, wet weather, traffic, and pandemic mean that our vendors work doubly hard standing for hours and […]

Meet Plett’s happy dogs

Volunteers feed 250 pets from informal settlements every Saturday

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