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
    June 24, 2019
    Patrick Nqayi (47), our vendor of the month, sells The Big Issue on Ladies Mile Road in Constantia. The father of four tells us about becoming financially savvy and giving great customer service.
  • Date
    June 19, 2019
    “I enjoy being a Big Issue entrepreneur as I get to meet new people everyday. I sell The Big Issue in Wynberg opposite Wynberg Park. My customers are mostly elderly and are always eager to buy the magazine.”