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
  • City Life
  • Feature
  • News

Living without chaos

South African social philosopher and poet Athol Williams weighs up the cost of unfettered chaos.

Being homeless isn’t a crime

Jonty Cogger, an attorney at activist organisation Ndifuna Ukwazi, makes a case for protecting the basic human freedoms of homeless people in South Africa.

A question of liberty

While there is still much to done to achieve true freedom for all South Africans, media veteran Ryland Fisher shares why we have reason to celebrate.