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
  • Books
  • City Life
  • News
  • Vendors

What’s On?

Enjoy a laugh this festive season. It’s back to the movies. Watch New Material starring Riaad Moosa, Schalk Bezuidenhout and Joey Rasdien.

Vendors in the Hood – Cape Town

Vendors in the Hood – Cape Town SUPPORT OUR BIG ISSUE VENDORS The Big Issue is South Africa’s number one magazine and social enterprise, creating opportunities […]

Trusted Recipe Books

When internet recipes let us down time and again, an authentic recipe book is a gem. Now, in time for the holidays, comes a new cooking title, created to satisfy and delight, courtesy of Italy’s Gennaro Contaldo.

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