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
  • City Life
  • Feature
  • News

Symbols of peace

Our Big Issue vendors enjoy art sessions hosted by Elaine Millin, our Art Facilitator.

Making art with your car

The award-winning TV series Spinners is a high-octane treat …

Shaka mahala baby!

Adam Jacobs, our cycling writer, will take on a feat that will see him cycle approximately 35 000km around the perimeter of the African continent. Follow him as he prepares for his trip in April 2024 … Shaka mahala meaning ‘howzit!’