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

Please work with us

The Big Issue stands for upliftment of those who are marginalised in society. Our Social Worker, Melody Gombakoma, updates us on the welfare of our vendors and their start to the new year. If you would like to support our vendors, contact Melody at placements@bigissue.org.za. Any assistance would by greatly appreciated.

Mine to school conversion

A visionary social entrepreneur transforms a derelict mining site into a thriving hub.

‘Shear’ determination leads to ‘woolly’ wins

South Africans really know how to bring home the bacon! We know how rough it can be living here, what with ‘tough times never last but tough people do’ and all that. It’s said that the harshest conditions shape the best competitors. Like diamonds, South Africans are proving themselves by far, to be some of the best in the world. Here we celebrate sheep-shearing – it’s competitive!