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
  • Feature
  • News
  • Vendor Success

Art is affirming

Elaine Millin is our beloved Art Process Facilitator for Big Issue vendors. You may already be familiar with her vendor art page in each edition. Elaine explains her methods for inspiring the artist in each person.

Monty Python’s Flying Circus…

From being bullied in boarding school to singing for the Queen and surviving pancreatic cancer, Monty Python’s Eric Idle looks back on the dark, bright and bizarre sides of his life. Sinéad Stubbins from The Big Issue Australia asks the star about his take on the ‘bright side’.

Love Lived here

International award-winning photographer Margot Raggett has published a series of sevenbooks in the Remembering Wildlife series featuring unusual wildlife images from photographers around the world. She has raised a significant financial sum for conservation, of close to R20 million. You can see the full series in the print edition of The Big Issue magazine.