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
  • Vendor tribute

The Big Issue vendor beats the odds

The Big Issue vendor beats the odds

Living to the beat of your body

Nutritional therapist and owner of Hormonal Harmony, Beatrice Rabkin talks about body literacy and reproductive health: how knowing what your body communicates can help you manage your hormonal health.

We have lost a dear brother

The Big Issue family is deeply saddened by the passing of vendor Xolani Nkomityhoboza in December 2020. Xolani worked as a vendor in Claremont for more than 10 years and also held a satellite station for The Big