Editor's Note

Winter relief for Cape Town

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Welcome back to the 68th edition of Service magazine, and my 3rd edition as Editor. We find ourselves comfortably into the second half of the year, and what a year it has been thus far. The country sits at a delicate point, but the majority of changes we’ve seen in 2018 have been positive.

Cape Town was the focus of international media in the lead up to the previous issue, but fortunately this has died down completely. The term ‘day zero’ has all but vanished, too. The wet winter that was predicted for the Cape of Storms has arrived. Unlike in previous winters, rain has fallen aplenty and more is on its way, despite the recent warmer days.

However, the city and its inhabitants are only too aware of what still awaits. Water restrictions have not been lifted, and will not be in the very near future. The rainfall will provide a bit more comfort and relief to businesses and residents, but the City of Cape Town has been cautious, encouraging that water saving measures be kept in place. The city itself might never return to what in once was in terms of water, but why should it—waste has been cut significantly and water-wise awareness has increased—however, unfortunately, the pain is being felt in the wallet now with water price increases and fees.

We feature waste management in our cover feature this issue. Waste Management has become an industry on its own, so we went to look what policies other countries have implemented to see where South Africa can further improve.

While South Africa has not focussed on waste managemnet to the same extent as some European countries have, recently there has been more of a drive towards doing so. And while we face challenges that some other countries do not have, we have to find ways to overcome them and do better.

The time for action is now. In the words of the first person to walk both Poles and author, Robert Swan, “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”

The same sentiment applies to one of the greatest issues in the country— gender based violence. The month of August will see us celebrate the women within our society. As a country we actually do quite well in terms of women empowerment in both the private and public sector, but unfortunately, we also have exceptionally high figures on crime against women. It is the sad reality of the country we live in, but it shouldn’t be an accepted reality.

The days of deciding whether a woman is a man’s equal are long gone. We have women achieving extraordinary things in our country, but there needs to be a bigger drive to protect young girls and women from being systematic victims of violent crimes.

As the planning for our next edition commences, I hope you enjoy what is on offer in this issue.

As a final word, I’d like to thank the team for their wonderful work within this issue—Monique Jacobs for her editorial assistance, Client Liaison Officer Lhilhi Tom, and Tyra Martin for layout and design.

To you, our loyal readers, until next time

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