Lee: cape-town

Our vendors: Mjongeni Malanti (The Big Issue South Africa, Cape Town)

Mjongeni Malanti is a single father and a man of many talents. He is quick to learn, has many different skills and finds great pleasure in photography. Malanti believes in persevering, no matter what obstacles are in his path.

Our vendors: Nondumiso Zigana (The Big Issue South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa)

Life hasn’t been smooth sailing for Nondumiso Zigana, a Big Issue South Africa vendor, but that hasn’t stopped her from pursuing her heart’s desires. She shares her journey of being an unemployed widow to being a mother of intellectuals.

Our vendors: Ntombovuyo Cekiso (The Big Issue, Cape Town, South Africa)

Ntombovuyo Cekiso, 29, sells The Big Issue at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. After moving to Cape Town over ten years ago, Ntombovuyo struggled to find secure employment. However, since becoming a Big Issue vendor, she has found both financial security and job satisfaction, and her life has changed for the better.

Our vendors: Nancy (The Big Issue South Africa, Cape Town)

Our vendor on the pitch, Nancy Mngqelana, 53, sells The Big Issue magazine in Claremont. She shares her inspiration and aspirations, and her story ‘sew’ far.

Our vendors: Progress (The Big Issue South Africa, Cape Town)

Progress Cembi, 46, sells The Big Issue at Cavendish Square, Claremont, in Cape Town. He tells us about his journey as a Big Issue entrepreneur and about his hopes for his and his family’s future.

Vendor wishes: “I hope to be able to buy my own car”

Big Issue South Africa vendor Mkhululi is the latest of our global vendors to tell us about his ambitions for 2017. His goal is to start a new business.

Training course gives Big Issue South Africa vendors a career boost

A free home care course is helping three Big Issue South Africa vendors make their dreams become a reality.

Our vendors: Nombambo Cele (The Big Issue South Africa, Cape Town)

“I always put a smile on my face when I sell to my customers…But if I smile and do a little dance they’ll turn around and buy a magazine.” Nobambo Cele sells The Big Issue South Africa in Cape Town.

Guitars for Good hits right note with music classes for vendor’s kids in Cape Town

Leroy Glam discovers why getting free guitar lessons for their children is music to Big Issue vendors’ ears in Cape Town, South Africa.

Our Vendors: Xolani Nkomithyoboza (The Big Issue South Africa, Cape Town)

“My dream is to use my skills in business. I’m a forklifter, a tiler and a plasterer,” says Xolani who sells The Big Issue South Africa in Cape Town. He lost his job but remains optimistic about the future.

“He has the calm and grace of Desmond Tutu”: Hollywood debut for Big Issue South Africa vendor

“A Big Issue for you today?” Joseph Klink, 73, has been selling The Big Issue South Africa on his regular pitch in Cape Town’s Hout Bay for 18 years. Now he’s doing it on the big screen.

Our vendors: Cyril Mylambiso (The Big Issue South Africa, Cape Town)

When Cyril Mylambiso started selling The Big Issue South Africa in Cape Town four years ago, he felt like a failure – now he is proud to have held down a job for so long.