Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - FROM THE EDITOR - COM­PE­TI­TION WIN­NERS De­tails on­line at www.pop­u­larme­chan­ics.co.za

But only af­ter you’ve mem­o­rised all the use­ful sur­vival information. Or bet­ter yet buy two, one for ref­er­ence and one to rip apart to stuff into your shirt for in­su­la­tion or get the fire go­ing. Then again, you’re a Pop­u­lar Me­chan­ics reader and probably have a bunker to hun­ker down in when the world goes belly up. If that’s the case you need to spread the good word for the sake of hu­man­ity. Be an evan­ge­list and get the way­ward back on the path to right­eous­ness. When the in­ter­net goes down or we get struck with an EMP, this ana­logue method of spread­ing knowl­edge will be the only re­li­able thing left in the world. A snap­shot of a time be­fore we knew it could get a lot worse. A time cap­sule filled with hope.

If that sounded like a sales pitch from a man who has just taken over a pre­dom­i­nantly print brand in a peren­ni­ally plugged-in world, it’s be­cause it was. Wel­come to the first is­sue un­der new lead­er­ship. You’ll no­tice a few changes which bring us more in-line with the in­ter­na­tional brand, but with plenty of lo­cal flavour sprin­kled on top. If you don’t like what’s hap­pen­ing, please don’t burn the mag­a­zine; rather en­gage me at pop­u­larme­chan­ics@ram­say­media.co.za. To me, you’re the most in­ter­est­ing per­son in the world and I am at your ser­vice with any re­quest or query. Things need to change if we want to keep you in­formed about the ever-chang­ing way the world works.

This is­sue is sat­u­rated with US con­tent be­cause the “In­cred­i­bly Spe­cial Ef­fects Awards” is a great Pop­u­lar Me­chan­ics look at cin­ema, award­ing the in­no­va­tive peo­ple push­ing the bound­aries of what can be made pos­si­ble on screen. And also be­cause the sur­vival sto­ries are univer­sal thanks to our shrink­ing world, cli­mate change and North Korea’s ex­panded bal­lis­tic mis­sile range. On the home front, our poor plan­ning and re­source man­age­ment brood has come home to roost in the form of a ter­ri­ble wa­ter cri­sis. As it turns out, we (South Africans) are the only peo­ple who can help us out of this mess. It will take some fresh think­ing but we can turn this thing around. Yes, Joburg, this af­fects you too… We’ll see how well you cope if it doesn’t rain for the rest of the year. JZ’S friends de­layed the Lesotho High­lands Wa­ter Pro­ject com­ple­tion un­til at least 2020.

I def­i­nitely won’t be burn­ing this is­sue. I’ll probably frame it and keep it nearby. A re­minder that my ten­ure is merely an­other foot­note in the chron­i­cles of hu­man ad­vance­ment. I don’t plan to be the last editor of Pop­u­lar Me­chan­ics South Africa and that means a com­mit­ment to keep you in­formed and en­ter­tained so that the next gen­er­a­tion will seek in­spi­ra­tion in these pages. Please, tell me when you think I’m get­ting it wrong.

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