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

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  • Feature
  • News
  • Vendors

Cyber symphonies during Covid-19

What’s happened to the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra during the pandemic? Karen Rutter finds out…

A piece of heritage

Dolobran House looms tall and magnificent with its fairy-tale spires, onion dome and weather vane set amid the established greenery of Parktown. Johannesburg-based heritage journalist Lucille Davie unearths its tremendous and lesser-known history.

Vendors in the Hood – Cape Town CBD

Our friendly, persevering vendors buy their own magazines and sell them on to you, our readers. Vendors are easily recognisable in their blue, white and red bibs, sponsored by Warwick Wealth. 

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