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
  • News

Ambassadors for change

Big Issue vendors Xoliswa Ntunta, Bongani Pholo, Thabo Jamangile, Siphokazi Magobiyane and Ntombekhaya Mhambi are doing the organisation proud as dedicated distributors of the magazine.

Klein Karoo’s pride project

Oudtshoorn born designer and entrepreneur Nathaniël Rabie recently started a passion project involving T-shirts branded with the names of local neighbourhoods, and it is taking off “like wildfire”.

Capturing our collective past

Pringle Bay resident Brendon Roberts has started a journey to create a global family album that will feature and caption photos taken between 1900 and 1999.

The change in your pocket makes a big change in the lives of vendors.