The Big Issue #282

  •  20 Jan – 19 Feb 2020

The right to read

78% of Grade 4 learners in SA are unable to read with understanding. With 60% of South Africans living in households without a single book, The Big Issue has partnered with several players in early childhood learning to stem the tide of illiteracy.

Brian’s peace mission

Already a success in South Sudan, the US, Uganda and Mexico, the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative will help to break the stronghold of gangsterism on the embattled Cape Flats. Meet the man who designed it; a professor with roots in this neighbourhood.

Safety in the city

Muneeb “Mo” Hendricks works at a seemingly tireless pace to ensure that the central city stays safe for its residents and visitors. As the Manager of Safety and Security at the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID), he talks us through an average week of strategic and operational tactics, carried out with a full spectrum of partners and stakeholders to reduce crime in one of the most popular cities in the world.

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Restoring dignity through forensic art

Growing up in an era when television shows like MacGyver and Police File were at the height of their popularity, Kathryn Smith developed a deep- seated fascination with forensic imaging. This unusual interest led her, fortuitously, to a career- defining opportunity.

The right to read

78% of Grade 4 learners in SA are unable to read with understanding. With 60% of South Africans living in households without a single book, The Big Issue has partnered with several players in early childhood learning to stem the tide of illiteracy.

Brian’s peace mission

Already a success in South Sudan, the US, Uganda and Mexico, the WPDI programme will help to break the stronghold of gangsterism on the embattled Cape Flats. Meet the man who designed it; a professor with roots in this neighbourhood.

Poetic artistry

“A picture is a poem without words” – Horace

Bongiwe Mqhakayi

Known for her smile and friendly wave between cars, Big Issue vendor Bongiwe Mqhakayi is one remarkable woman. She shares some of her aspirations for 2020.

Monica realizes her dream

42-year-old mother of four and former Big Issue vendor Monica Vuka is a living testimony to the belief that we should always follow our passion and do our utmost to make our dreams come true.

Solomon Masoso

If life were a song, Big Issue vendor Solomon Masoso would be the soulful singer that harmonises its melody.

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