Pick One!


The little issue is the second magazine offspring of the Big Issue, a 23 year old PBO based in the Western Cape which publishes an award-winning monthly magazine as a job creation tool for unemployed adults.


Because we face two fundamental educational problems in our country: (1) 78% of South African children in Grade 4 cannot read for meaning according to the 2016 Report of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), and (2) 60% of South Africans live in households without a single book according to the 2016 Report of the South African Book Development Council. To help solve these problems, township-based ECD and Daycare Centres, Grade R to 3 schools and homes require learning and reading resources. Little issue will be delivered free to schools, published in three languages and will be DBE curriculum-aligned. We will also be conducting a pilot to see if township residents will buy the magazine for R10.00 from vendors who will then create their own income, and in so doing, will provide a secondary distribution system to residents and schools.


The little issue will be published once a quarter and be aligned to primary school semesters. September 2019 to September 2020 is designed as a Pilot Year for us to monitor & evaluate our performance in Year 1. We will be distributing the little issue to 31 schools in the Tshwane South District and to 16 schools in the  Western Cape Metro South district.  The distribution scales thereafter to the rest of the provinces from September 2020 till September 2024.


On behalf of the Big Issue and partners, I welcome you to the Launch of a Magazine Revolution for Grade R to 3 Learners in South Africa!

Right up front, I need to acknowledge and say a Big Thank You to our amazing partners who have made this initiative possible: Chai Patel and the Bright Future Trust based in the UK and Celine Colombier-Maffre of Fondation Ipsen, our Year 1 Funders; Mikateko Media, our Project Partner and publisher; the Department of Basic Education (DBE) Western Cape Metro South and Tshwane South Districts; Wordworks; Nali’bali; and Book Dash.

Derek Carelse, MD, Big Issue & little Issue

The magazine revolution has begun!

We hope you join us on this wonderful journey to spark young minds. And a special message to potential funders… Round 2 Funding Window is now open.


Contact Details

    Big Issue:

    +27 21 461 6690

    Derek Carelse (MD):
    +27 82 788 7098
    E: derekcarelse@mweb.co.za

    Gadija Gamieldien (Board chairperson):
    C: +27 82 4555 675

    Mikateko Media:

    +27 21 417 1178

    Desiree Johnson (MD):
    C: +27 83 459 9498

    Laura Jones:
    E: Laura.Jones@mikatekomedia.co.za