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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Obie Oberholzer – SA’s legend of the lens

Eminent South African photographer Obie Oberholzer, former professor of photography at Rhodes University’s Department of Fine Art, now travels extensively and produces quirky pictorial travel books; no mean feat in a country ravaged by many wrongdoings.

There’s little doubt – BEE needs a rethink

Chris Bishop is a veteran journalist and the founding editor of Forbes Africa and Billionaire Tomorrow. He describes the process he went through writing his book, The BEE Billionaires, which questions the impact of one of the biggest economic experiments in Africa that began a quarter of a century ago: black economic empowerment.

Seers and Visionaries

What do you make of oracles and their future prophecies?