The Big Issue Collector’s Edition makes a perfect  gift for those who enjoy a page-turning read….

Introducing the annual
Big Issue Collector’s Edition!
Featuring 45 of South Africa’s best writers, photographers,
artists, illustrators and prominent personalities.

“Rumour is they’re gonna change Koeberg to ‘Cool Berg’ –
it says upbeat, funky and cool.
It says: ‘Nuclear energy; fun
for the whole family!'”

– Nik Rabinowitz

“If I had a life where work involved begging for coins
from rude Jozi people, I’d
sniff glue. And more.”

– Ferial Haffajee

“Most South Africans opted to move to the moon but the EFF rejected this, saying that the moon was ‘historically white
and has always looked down
on Africa’.”

– Tom Eaton

“We can no longer continue feeding our addiction to fossil fuels as if there is no tomorrow. For there will be no tomorrow.”

– Desmond Tutu

“One of the most important things I so often remember was said by Madiba: ‘It is easier to change others than it is
to change yourself.'”

– Zelda la Grange

“He puts the gun to my head. Nothing has ever felt so cold
and lifeless against my skin.”

– Christopher Clark

“As a black Capetonian, nostalgia doesn’t apply to me.”

– Amy Jephta

“The decisions we make today will determine the future of
this country.”

– Kieno Kammies

“It appears that born-frees
vote like their parents, when
they vote at all.”

– Jonny Steinberg

“The key change that will influence the future of my profession, medicine, is the growth of social media
and the internet.”

– Tim Noakes

Thoughts from our Contributors

Ben Trovato

“I contribute to The Big Issue and buy the magazine to get some credit in the karma bank, in case it turns out that heaven and hell really do exist.”

Ferial Haffajee

“Writing and news are regarded as content in a digital economy and no longer as craft. It is a commodity in search of a revenue model. I write for The Big Issue because it is a place where writing still has meaning and purpose.”

Gus Silber

“I contribute to The Big Issue because The Big Issue contributes to a better society. It is a fine publication that is full of good reading. Keep going Big, keep shining a light, and keep making a difference!”

Zelda la Grange

“I support The Big Issue because it’s the right thing to do. I strongly believe social development is the key to restoring the dignity of the marginilised folk in our communities, but I also enjoy a good, informative read, which The Big Issue provides.”

Amy Jephta

The Big Issue is and always has been a publication with heart. Its editors and designers, its writers and its readers – all of them give passionately of themselves to make a publication that improves lives in a very real way. After four or five years of writing for The Big Issue, that’s what kept me interested: knowing that I was contributing to a publication where everyone involved put their all into making it a great read.”

Who’s in this issue?
In Writing

Mich Atagana, Barry Bateman, Christopher Clark, Tom Eaton, Ferial Haffajee, Zubeida Jaffer, Amy Jephta, Justine Joseph, Kieno Kammies, Joel Krige, Zelda la Grange, Tim Noakes, Don Pinnock, ProVerb, Nik Rabinowitz, Gus Silber, Jonny Steinberg, Ben Trovato, Mathatha Tsedu, Sibusiso Tshabalala, Desmond Tutu, Helen Walne, Mandy Wiener, Brian Williams

In Images

Africartoons, Beezy Bailey, Colleen Brice, Jason Bronkhorst, Masixole Feni, Retha Ferguson, Byron Graper, Jac Kritzinger, Juhan Kuus, Charl Malherbe, Eric Miller, Sergio Rinquist, Justin Sholk, Marc Shoul, Louise Venter, Gary van Wyk, Paul Weinberg, Hetty Zantman, Zapiro


The Big Issue #226 is on sale from vendors in Cape Town from November 22, 2014, to January 8, 2015. It costs R30 (R10 more than usual), but it’s thicker and comes with a supplementary Time Out guide to central Cape Town.


It’s a great Christmas stocking-filler and an even better read. And, of course, it’s your chance to give our vendors a much-needed, well-deserved festive-season bonus.

Get your copy and be part of job creation in SA
– it’s more than just a good deed; it’s a damn good read.