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
    October 21, 2020
    Vendor Sherman Permall is determined to secure a brighter future. In this issue, he shares his experience and hopes with us.
  • Date
    June 24, 2019
    We often hear stories of mothers being single parents, but Mjongeni Malanti (53), is a single father who is defying all stereotypes when it comes to raising his children on his own.
  • Michael van der Walt
    June 24, 2019
    When Michael van der Walt started selling The Big Issue last year, it was love at first sell. The 62-year-old relocated from Soshanguve near Pretoria early last year and now lives in a shelter for the homeless in District Six (Zonnebloem).

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