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Issue #231
24 June


On the cover: The shocking truth about literacy (or the lack thereof) around the world.

Photo essay: Standout images from the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.

Agents of change: How the Cart Horse Protection Association puts the horse before the cart.

Personal account: A Kenyan struggles to come to terms with the recent Garissa attack.

Russell Crowe: Is the A-list actor as tough as his most famous roles?

Opinion column: Ten years after winning against SABMiller, Justin Nurse reflects on freedom of speech.

What’s on in Cape Town? Festivals, shows, markets, gigs and other experiences in June.


781 million people can’t read this story

In 2000, global governments agreed to halve the world’s illiteracy rate by 2015. So far, only a 4% reduction has been achieved. South Africa is just one of those countries in which schoolchildren are suffering… but what is being done to solve the problem?


1000 words

The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s largest photographic competition. This year it attracted over 173 000 submissions from 171 countries, and the winners were announced on April 24. We showcase a selection of 2015’s standout images.


Putting the horse before our cart

The Cart Horse Protection Association celebrates its 20th birthday this year – not bad for an organisation that started as a feeding scheme for working horses. We find out how they change the lives of both the horses and the humans who rely on them.


Times of terror

In the wake of a devastating terrorist attack at Garissa University College in northeastern Kenya, a Nairobi-based journalist and blogger sums up the state of his shaken nation.


As the Crowe flies

Last year, Hollywood heavyweight Russell Crowe made his directorial debut with The Water Diviner. Now he tells The Big Issue about winning an Oscar, taking a chance and getting behind the camera.


Don’t Miss…

Lavista’s story: Lavista Nsthoza has been selling The Big Issue on Greenmarket Square since 2009. The area sees many tourists and Lavista made it his mission to greet people from all over the world in their home language. And so he does – making him a firm favourite among customers, and our latest Vendor of the Month.

Solomon’s story: Solomon Masoso used to describe himself as the next Usher. He’s always had big dreams of becoming a world-class musician, but for now he’s decided to rein in his star qualities and pursue a more sensible career. We find out about his hopes, dreams and plans for the future. .