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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Building change, stitch by stitch

The Salesian Institute Youth Projects’ Stitch Ahead Sewing Programme has advanced with the launch of a micro-factory helping empower marginalised women.

Overcoming Heights

On 2 March 2020, Tarryn Tomlinson, together with five others differently-abled individuals, joined to climb Kilimanjaro. By day three the group had reached base camp at 4 720m above sea level. They remained there for two days and after a total climb of five days, began their descent by vehicle. Tarryn says that although she thought about giving up, she kept going: Speaking to Daily Maverick, she commented, “Surrounded by snow and mountain peaks I felt overwhelmed with appreciation and pride. The beauty was incredible.”

Open letters to Ramaposa and Government

Open letters to the government from concerned SA Citizens: the Institute for Economic Justice and others send a message to the current president of the moment.