Sakhikamva helps black South Africans who have been, or continue to be,
excluded from access to real economic opportunities.
One of the principal beneficiaries of Sakhikamva is the Big Issue.
Established in 1996, The Big Issue is a non-profit job creation project which
publishes and sells its own general interest magazine. Sold by unemployed,
and often homeless vendors, in five years the project has provided job
opportunities for almost 8 000 people. About 16 000 copies of The Big Issue
are currently sold monthly in both the Cape Town and Johannesburg/Pretoria
Incorporated in The Big Issue project is The Big Step, a vital vendor support
and development programme which provides vocational training, guidance and
counseling, and develops the skills of vendors, aiding them to move back into
The Big Issue in South Africa, which works on the principle of “a hand up, not a hand out”, is modeled on the original Big Issue project that started in 1991 in the United Kingdom.