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
  • City Life
  • Feature
  • News

Blood on our hands

Local celebrity Siv Ngesi poses the question: In a country where over a trillion rand has been illegally wasted by the elite in a single decade, are free sanitary products too much to ask?

Under the seas

The Mount Vema expedition documented and showcased the richness of biodiversity, along with the threats posed to it by human activity, which include over-fishing, plastic pollution and the climate crisis.

In the ring with Siv Ngesi

Actor, stand-up comedian and now Bollywood singer, Siv Ngesi is bubbly by nature. Whether boxing, supporting charities or jet-setting for work, he always maintains his charismatic smile and sunny disposition.