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
  • News

The Kolisis’ mission to change lives

Driven by the desire to serve and help others, Siya and Rachel Kolisi are changing the narrative of South Africans living in impoverished communities.

The Shadow Pandemic

The UN recently predicted that lockdown could lead to a 20% surge in domestic violence, as victims remain trapped at home with their abusers. They’re calling this the coronavirus “shadow pandemic”, and like President Ramaphosa recently noted, South Africa is not immune.

Guardian of Madiba’s legacy

Former private secretary to Nelson Mandela, television presenter and public speaker, Zelda la Grange calls on South Africans to be of service to people who are less fortunate than themselves.