The focus is on services that City and government is supposed to deliver to the community. A particular case in mind is that of the ambulance services. I have recently noticed that there has been an increase in the number of criminal attacks on the service men and women in their call of duty, trying to save lives. The attacks make it so difficult for the ambulances to arrive on time for emergencies, thus risking the lives of those who seriously need the service.Our communities rely heavily on the services provided by government because not everyone has a car to rush their sick relatives to hospital and their only option is to call for an ambulance. Say an ambulance does not crop up, people would be up in arms, claiming all sorts of slow to non-existent service deliveries to the extent of blaming it on colour, claiming that if it were in an affluent area, the service would have been prompt and on cue.Some people would go to the extent of reporting such problems to the authorities. Ambulance services have been a service that knew no boundaries because everyone knew that should they not arrive, a life may be lost.However, some areas are no-go zones for these dedicated men and women to do their work.They are prevented from saving lives because they face life-threatening attacks and material robberies. How have we become so numbed to reality that no opportunity is lost to attack even the life-savers.Ambulances provide a fundamental service; to save lives.How is it that we risk lives and put our very own people at risk for such fundamental services. Self destruction in our communities is so rife that lives are put at risk daily.We are also not safe in our own communities, to the detriment of our well being. It seems as if criminality is the new buzz word in our society instead of us enjoying the fruits of our so-called democracy. Talking to a neighbour who works in the public sphere, I could miss his emphasis on the tremendous stressful they are working under, as a result of criminal attacks on their being. At times, he says, he does not feel the need to go to work or to answer distress calls emanating from the townships for fear of what lurks in those streets.He then went on to make a heartfelt plea for communities to make it possible for service providers to carry out their tasks without the fear of being killed or mugged.The irony is that the people who carry out these robberies to our ambulance men and women, cry the loudest when faced with life threatening situations.