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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How to handle COVID-19 and malaria on your holiday

Going on holiday this summer?
Don’t forget to educate yourself on the differences between COVID-19 and malaria.

Saving Private Rhino

Magic Hills Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape has launched a crowdfunding campaign to save black rhinos against poaching amidst COVID-19 international travel bans.

‘Tis the season to be festive

Western Cape minister of economic development and tourism, David Maynier, encourages South Africans to play their part to stay safe, be festive and support tourism businesses this summer season.