Meet Our Vendors!


The Big Issue is a socially responsible non-profit organisation that enables willing unemployed and marginalized adults to take responsibility for their own lives through development employment programme.

Primarily, we produce a monthly magazine which individuals purchase from our offices to sell at traffic lights. This way of earning an income is not easy. Traffic light sales are gruelling – on your feet all day; in all kinds of hot, cold, wet and windy weather; relying on the interest or kindness of strangers, and the possibility of befriending regular customers. It is hard work!

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  • Date
    March 17, 2020
    Big Issue vendor Nozuko Mabohlo’s cheerful disposition has earned her the respect and support of her loyal customers for over a decade. We caught up with the smiling granny at her Protea Road, Claremont pitch.
  • Date
    June 24, 2019
    Thandeka Swartbooi is a soft-spoken individual with a warm, inviting smile. She is new to The Big Issue, having joined us in April this year, and is in need of a regular customer base.