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
    Tony Matengezana, 36, a Big Issue entrepreneur on campground road in Newlands, is this issue’s vendor on the pitch. He shares his experiences.
  • Date
    June 24, 2019
    Our vendor of the month Rudicca Ntalo, age 41, shares how selling The Big Issue magazine has given her the confidence and courage needed to become a successful entrepreneur.

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