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THE BIG ISSUE #309 is on sale now and as always packed with a wealth of information! Here are some of the highlights from this edition.

Available from your favourite vendor across the city. Anyone outside the city of Cape Town can buy the magazine at selected Spar and Pick n Pay stores.  Anyone outside of Cape Town can also buy the magazine here.
Don’t forget: you can buy The Big Issue with your smartphone! Visit for a step-by-step guide.

Prince William works with The Big Issue

Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge writes exclusively for The Big Issue. He explains why he took to the streets recently to sell The Big Issue in the UK, and why ending homelessness is a cause close to his heart. Buy your copy of the magazine for the full story.

What can you do with a ballpoint pen?

The Pen Art Competition kicks off in Africa and the Middle East this year with BIC Art Master Africa. Entrants stand to win prizes worth USD 2000 (about R33 000).

Re-engineering the masculinity crisis

“Encouraging vulnerability among Big Issue male vendors, enhancing their wellbeing, and that of others is vital for fostering better parenting skills”, says our social worker Tshepiso ‘Tshepi’ Nhemachena.

Past to present

An interview with Christopher Clark, journalist and author of Clare: The Killing of a Gentle Activist, published by Tafelberg. When journalist Christopher stumbled upon Clare Stewart’s story, it would not let him go. A multimedia journalist and a documentary filmmaker covering underreported social issues, mainly across Southern Africa, his writing, films and photography have been commissioned by The Atlantic, BBC News, The Guardian, Harper’s Magazine, Reuters, VICE and The Washington Post.

Laughing with Kev

When Comedian Kevin Fraser first uploaded his online videos – mostly zany spoofs of various characters tugging gently at the pained world of the average South African – his popularity exploded. Now he is travelling the world with his stand-up comedy. 

Straight talking non-fiction

Haji Mohamed Dawjee is a South African columnist and author. She broaches controversial subjects in her unrestrained, emphatic and opinionated style. Here’s the Thing is Haji’s second book, following Sorry, Not Sorry:Experiences of a Brown Woman in a White South Africa, (2018). Read an essay from Here’s the Thing in your copy of The Big Issue.

“Get your Big Issue #309 copy and be part of job creation in SA – it’s more than just a good deed; it’s a damn good read.”

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 WHAT: The Big Issue #309 – Entertainment Edition

WHEN & WHERE:  July -- August 2022
Available from your favourite vendor across the city. Anyone outside the city of Cape Town can buy the magazine at selected Spar and Pick n Pay stores.  Anyone outside of Cape Town can also buy the magazine here.
Don’t forget: you can buy The Big Issue with your smartphone! Visit for a step-by-step guide.

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