by Ralph Staniforth


Forward moving


Welcome to another edition of South Africa’s leading magazine covering the issues affecting the public and private sectors on a local government level. Much has happened since we last touched based and, currently, change seems to be the name of the game. I, along with a wonderful team, put this magazine together at a very interesting time in South Africa. Change is what life is about—some love it and others despise it. But it happens, regardless of which side of the fence you find yourself on.

Politically, the landscape has changed drastically. After nine years in office, Jacob Zuma has left the country’s highest office and President Cyril Ramaphosa has taken over to lead South Africa into a new cycle—a cycle we hope will be prosperous for all South Africans.

Many have dubbed it a new dawn for the country, a country which has hardly managed to complete a parliamentary sitting without chaos taking over in recent times. Yes, the sceptics remain, but don’t they always? As South Africans, we need to embrace the change that has occurred and the changes that will come to fruition as President Ramaphosa’s time in office flourishes.

Only one subject has dominated the lips more than Ramaphosa’s appointment, the subject of land expropriation without compensation. The National Assembly adopted the motion to amend the Constitution in late February and since then, it has been the talk of the town. Once again, you find the sceptics and those who believe it is the way forward. Debates have taken place across all social media platforms and the international media has gotten involved.

There have been good arguments both for and against the motion, however, no one really knows what will happen and how it will affect the people or, indeed, the economy. Since the motion, other than the noise from some quarters, our leaders have not said much about the subject. Perhaps the lack of communication has led to the land grabs and the burning down of public property in Hermanus recently, or perhaps that was just a criminal element at work—whichever it was, we cannot allow the land expropriation, or indeed, any other matter to divide us along racial lines. This might be the goal for some, but the fight should be against it, not in support of it.

Furthermore, South Africa, and moreso Cape Town, is fighting a battle of its own: a water shortage unlike any other. Will Cape Town be the first major city to run out of water? Well, those stories seem to have died down somewhat since the announcement that ‘Day Zero’ had been defeated, at least for now.

After taking over the hot seat as Service magazine’s Editor prior to the previous issue, I thought that would be the toughest edition, the first one normally is, is it not? However, this one, mainly due to the dynamics within the country changing so rapidly, proved far tougher. But it brought excitement more than anything else. It makes one realise what South Africa is actually capable of.

Talking of being capable, this magazine wouldn’t be before you today, had the team not pulled together and stuck it out through some rough riding. To Monique Jacobs and Shannon Manuel for their editorial assistance, to the Client Liaison Officer, Lhilhi Tom, and the Designer, Tyra Martin, a massive thank you.

To you, our loyal reader, until next time...happy reading.

*While irrelevant to the magazine itself, it would be amiss not to also mention that as I write this, the South African cricket team is in the final process of dismantling the Aussies. Beating the men from ‘Down Under’ could really find a context in any environment.

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