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

Saving Philippi farming area for future generations

Certified professional soil scientist Christopher D’Aiuto of the PEDI AgriHub turns the spotlight on commercial farming in the city, and shares lessons learnt from the Philippi Horticultural Area.

Food retail: realities, futures and fictions

It has been over six months since COVID-19 upended life as we knew it in Cape Town and the country as a whole. Now, as we catch our breath, one word in particular keeps coming to mind: adaptable.

Diary of an urban farmer

Grace Stead, managing director of Abalimi Bezekhaya, caught up with some small-scale Cape Flats farmers who share their lived realities.