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
  • City Life
  • Feature
  • News

Uproar over fines against homeless

The City of Cape Town has come under fire by some sectors of society over its controversial move to fine homeless people living on the streets of Cape Town.

St John’s legacy of compassion

St John, a registered non-profit organisation, has been providing affordable community health training and care to South African communities for 136 years.

Taylor-ed for fun

He’s one of South Africa’s best loved sons of comedy. Having endeared himself to television audiences during SABC’s popular Going Nowhere Slowly show, veteran stand-up Stuart Taylor has delivered on his mission to provide laughter, fun and joy. We dissect how he keeps “spreading those good vibes”.