Big Issue needs big helping hand

2012-08-14 09:09
A Big Issue vendor (AFP)

A Big Issue vendor (AFP)

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Cape Town - The Big Issue magazine, whose vendors have become a familiar sight on the streets of Cape Town, may have to close down.

Managing director Trudy Vlok said the Big Issue was about to publish its 200th edition, “which is a major achievement for any publication, let alone one linked to an NGO,” reported the Cape Argus.

“However, as the economic situation continues to worsen, funds are drying up and we need more help.”

She said the magazine was hoping to attract corporations to help keep the institution afloat.

Since its inception 15 years ago, the Big Issue has helped 17 000 people get on their feet and about 2 000 people were currently dependent on the magazine.

Vendors make R9 off every issue of the Big Issue they sell for R18.

“We are not asking for handouts; we are… appealing to corporate bodies and offering them partnerships that will see both parties benefit and companies that donate towards to the Big Issue will receive full tax benefits.”

Anybody willing to support the Big Issue may contact them at 021 461 6690 or visit their website at

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