View comments Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:09‘I am prepared:’ Duterte reiterates openness to accept Rohingya refugees00:47Duterte tells ABS-CBN to just sell the network02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Thai grabs early lead in Ph Ladies Masters; Saso 2 shots down What it failed to achieve in the NCAA last month, Lyceum hopes to get the job done this time when it sees action in the PBA D-League under the banner of Zark’s Burgers Jawbreakers.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “This time, we want to associate our brand with winning,” said Varona whose team won just one game in its debut in the Foundation Cup last season. “As we take our brand to the next level, we also want to align our basketball team to the direction of our brand.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coach Topex Robinson and the rest of his wards, led by reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player CJ Perez, will be chasing glory as Jawbreakers when the D-League opens Jan. 18 next year.Lyceum is coming off a breakout campaign in NCAA Season 93, going 18-0 in the elimination round. But the Pirates also got swept in the finals by the San Beda Red Lions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“We’re not thinking about redemption but more of improving ourselves,” said Robinson during the team launch on Thursday at Zark’s Burgers branch in Taft Avenue, Manila. “It’s a new journey for us and we’re very excited to continue our quest. Hopefully, we can achieve what we failed to do the last time out.”Zarks owner Commie Varona said his decision to partner with the Lyceum squad stemmed from the similarities he sees with his company as a fast-rising casual dining burger chain and Lyceum as an emerging NCAA power. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES MOST READ
Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments READ: MVP: Three-nation hosting of Fiba World Cup ‘spreads basketball fever’Pope Francis visited the Philippines for five days back in January 2015.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“Like we always say, in the Philippines basketball is a religion and so there are a lot of believers, a lot of followers, and for the sport’s biggest competition to come to our country is really special for us.”The Philippines will share the hosting duties with Indonesia and Japan with three Asian nations beating the joint bid of Argentina and Uruguay. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes proclaimed that basketball is considered as a religion in the Philippines, and when the country was chosen as one of the hosts for the 2023 Fiba World Cup he took it one step further.“We’re very happy, we will have the world’s best basketball players, some of the world’s best athletes coming to Manila and we’re very excited,” said Reyes as per Fiba’s official website. “It’s like the Pope coming back to Manila.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano “I think the cooperation with Japan and Indonesia has been unbelievable, they’re as much a part of this as we are in the Philippines,” said Reyes. “A lot of preparation and effort went into the bid.” “Now the real work begins, we have to come together to make sure that we’re able to host and conduct a really great tournament.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MVP: Three-nation hosting of Fiba World Cup ‘spreads basketball fever’
The Liberian Government through the Ministry of Justice is demanding a Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid (DNA) test from the family of the late Atty. Michael Allison in order to claim his remains and obtain permission to carry out any funeral arrangements.Speaking at the Ministry of Information’s regular press briefing yesterday in Monrovia, Justice Minister and Attorney General, Cllr. Benedict Sannoh, said both of the autopsy reports proved there was no foul play in the death of Atty. Allison.Cllr. Sannoh explained that the family must complete a DNA test to establish beyond all reasonable doubt their relationship with the deceased before claiming the body for subsequent burial arrangements.The DNA is a self-replicating material present in nearly all-living organisms as the main constituent of chromosomes, and it is the carrier of genetic information of related families.“In the comprehensive reports of the autopsies, both the American and the Sierra Leonean pathologists showed that Atty. Michael Allison died of drowning. The government is pleased with the reports due to the level of competencies and experience of these pathologists, both locally and internationally,” Minister Sannoh said.He further explained that Allison’s death did not happen because of outside interference and that no foul play was discovered during the two autopsy procedures.According to the Justice Minister, Atty. Michael Allison was in possession of several passports, including that of the United States with different identifications, contrary to the Michael Allison name he was identified with.“Based on this, the Liberian government has informed the United States Government of the passing of one of their citizens in Liberia.”Cllr. Sannoh said that another family member in the United States has also shown up.” He explained that “The Liberia National Police last month invited a pathologist from neighboring Sierra Leone to conduct an autopsy on the deceased. When the autopsy was completed, and to ensure that the findings were valid and also due to the public’s huge concern, another autopsy was carried out, this time by an American.”Cllr. Sannoh explained that the two pathologists completed their respective autopsy reports and concluded that in their professional and expert opinions, the cause of death was natural.Attorney General Sannoh explained that the two doctors examined the contents of his stomach, which also revealed Atty. Allison’s death was by salt water drowning.He said physical skin effect, involving his eyelid, knee, neck, ears and others were not the result of a blunt force injury but instead were due to animals that attacked the body following his death.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson In other first-round matches, UCLA swept Stanford, Cal State Northridge swept Pacific, and UC Santa Barbara beat UC Irvine in five games. UCLA then swept UCSB in the other championship semifinal. Today’s schedule: seventh place Pacific vs. Stanford, 11 a.m.; fifth place UC Irvine vs. USC, 4 p.m.; third place Cal State Northridge vs. UCSB, 4 p.m.; championship Long Beach State vs. UCLA, 6:30 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Robert Tarr and Paul Lotman each had 13 kills Friday afternoon to lead the Long Beach State men’s volleyball team to a 30-23, 30-18, 30-19 victory over USC in the first round of the UC Santa Barbara Collegiate Invitational. The 49ers (2-0) then beat Cal State Northridge 23-30, 31-29, 30-27, 26-30, 15-8 in a night match to reach tonight’s title match against UCLA at 6:30 p.m. Against the Matadors, Tarr totaled 35 kills, Francisco Valdez recorded a career-high 14 kills, and Duncan Budinger added 11. In starting their season on a winning note against USC, the 49ers also got 12 kills from Valdez and 10 from Budinger. 49ers setter Tyler Hildebrand totaled 56 assists. Long Beach State hit .530 in its opening match, compared to .237 for the Trojans. Among the hitting percentages for the 49ers, Budinger finished at .625, Teddy Liles (nine kills, eight blocks) was at .615, Tarr was at .579 and Lotman hit .500. Tarr’s 48 kills on the day gave him 1,017 for his 49er career, making him the 15th player in school history to reach 1,000 kills. Hildebrand surpassed the 5,000 mark in career assists in the victory over USC.
NEW YORK These are uneasy times for many small business owners with the cost of almost everything they buy ratcheting higher, they’re being forced to take the anxiety-provoking step of raising their own prices. At Joseph Ferruzzi Associates Inc., a New York-based design and printing company, President Joe Greco has been contending with a series of price increases and surcharges for paper and delivery services. He can’t absorb it all. “The bills are going through the roof,” Greco said. “Any out-of-pocket money has to be passed on.” So Greco has been alerting clients, who range from other small businesses to larger companies, that they’ll need to pay more. So far this year, inflation as measured by the government’s consumer price index is rising at an annual rate of 5.1 percent, way above the 3.4 percent increase for all of 2005. What’s known as core inflation, which excludes energy and food prices, is up at a rate of 3 percent, ahead of last year’s 2.2 percent. But while higher energy and raw materials costs and rising interest rates have been grabbing the headlines this year, owners say they’re feeling the effect of inflation throughout their businesses. “Our costs for everything have gone up the biggest issue is the cost of health care,” said Brian Drum, CEO of Drum Associates, a New York-based executive recruiter. “When health care is going up in the double digits for the last three or four or five years, that gets very hard to manage,” he said. Like other employers, Drum has had to change health plans and the amount of coverage he provides, and ask employees to pay more for their health care. “But we’re still paying a significant increase,” he said. Drum said his company has raised some of its consulting rates because of inflation pressures. Raising prices is a difficult process for many small businesses. Every increase potentially makes them less competitive, and raises the possibility that customers might go elsewhere. Some “start to think you’re gouging them. They start to look for other people” to do the job, Greco said. But a big consolation for Greco and many other owners is that their customers generally understand the situation, and don’t gripe too much about the increases. “Most of our clients are saying, Joe, there’s nothing you can do, and nothing we can do,’” he said. Small businesses are particularly vulnerable to inflation because they lack the economy of scale of larger companies. Brian Eberle said the rising cost of fuel is the biggest problem for his New York-based recycled office furniture business, Green Office Systems, forcing him to pass on delivery surcharges to customers. “They completely understand it,” he said of customers, and estimated that only about 2 percent of them complain about the added costs. But there can be a flip side to that understanding many customers are taking longer to pay those higher bills. That eats into cash flow, and Greco said that means he sometimes needs to pay his bills with credit cards. “I’m losing a lot of sleep I wake up thinking about it,” Greco said. While raising prices does make individual business owners nervous, particularly if they’re in a highly competitive industry, economists say companies overall do have room to nudge their prices higher. “The only thing that gives you pricing power is strong demand,” said William Dunkelberg, chief economist with the National Federation of Independent Business, a Washington D.C.-based advocacy group. “Demand is strong, so you can raise your prices. You might lose a customer or two, but I don’t know where they’re going to go because everyone has the same price.” The recruiting business does well when the economy is stronger, Drum said, because executives command higher salaries and so recruiters’ fees, which are a percentage of those salaries, go up. But if the economy slows and inflation rises, “we end up paying more for stuff and doing less business,” he said. The NFIB, which each month surveys the small businesses that compose its membership, has reported an upward trend in the number of companies raising their prices or reporting plans to raise prices. In April, 26 percent of the respondents said they raised their prices, up 9 percentage points from March. Price increases were particularly prevalent in the construction industry, where a surge in raw materials costs prompted 45 percent of the surveyed companies to raise their prices. Business owners naturally look to cut costs wherever they can in hopes of avoiding price increases. Drum said his company is cutting back on travel plans. But there are limits to how much they can cut. As Greco put it, “we do what we can internally, but at what point does that change, because everything we buy is going up.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
TOP WORK huge blow changes Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury SORRY 4 tense gameday cracker Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? 4 Kieran Trippier celebrates scoring for England against Croatia. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City whoops How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings revealed predicted Dier earned a booking after putting Ramos in the stands getty Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Eric Dier starred for England against Spain “Attitude is important in football for the success and I think it is important for these types of players, I think they have a great potential in the future to win [international] titles.” Most Popular Premier League News Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT “I think they were brilliant. We were talking about how the attitude was amazing,” he said.“Against Spain if you do not play with more attitude than them, they have unbelievable players and it makes your job difficult.“I think they were outstanding and it’s difficult to say Eric or Harry Winks or Harry Kane or Kieran Trippier [was best], I think all the team was brilliant.“The motivation to play against Spain will be so useful [for Spurs]. You need to play with this attitude and then your quality and your talent appears. latest Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he was proud of Eric Dier’s thundering tackle on Sergio Ramos during the international break.Early on in England’s 3-2 win over Spain, the midfielder went in strong on the Real Madrid defender, earning a harsh booking inside Spain’s penalty area. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 4 Dier won plenty of plaudits for the challenge with many believing it represents the Three Lions’ growth, confidence, and willing to battle at an elite level after years of under performance.Asked if he was proud of the desire shown by Dier, Pochettino told Sky Sports News: “Yes of course, very proud.” Spurs stars continue to make up a large part of the England starting XI with Dier, Kieran Trippier, Harry Winks and Harry Kane all playing against Spain.Pochettino was delighted with their performances and the attitude they display, and he hopes it can bring the best of his men in the Premier League. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford celebrate with England captain Harry Kane, who assisted two of their goals against Spain 4
Many young people and prospective students all over the country have already accepted their third-level college places after the CAO round one offers were released today.Others are being advised not to panic as they consider their options.The entry requirements of places at third level courses were released at 6am on the CAO site today. The lists show a fall in points for more than half of all courses across Irish institutions, while up to 40% of courses have increased points since 2016. More than 52,000 college places were offered this morning and a record number of students received their first choice degree under the new grading system.Round One points requirements at Letterkenny Institute of Technology have not had many significant changes, with various rises and falls in entry requirements for places at Level 6, 7 and Level 8 honours courses.Level 8 Courses First Round PointsLYIT 2017 Level 8 honours bachelor degree coursesLevel 6 and 7 Courses First Round PointsLYIT 2017 Level 6 and 7 ordinary bachelor degree/higher certificate coursesLYIT 2017 Level 6 and 7 ordinary bachelor degree/higher certificate coursesPaul Hannigan, President of the LYIT, said a team is on hand to help future students of the Donegal institute with their questions.“The points are up for the majority of courses but they have not risen significantly so the majority of people who applied are happy today,” Mr Hannigan said. Mr Hannigan assures applicants who are not happy or who may have questions to come to an information day at the Letterkenny and Killybegs campuses this Wednesday, 23rd August from 11am.“I would encourage people who are considering offers, who are still waiting and who are unsure about courses to come along and get additional help. It makes a significant difference to come and see the options that are available,” Mr Hannigan said.The Available Places List on the CAO site will be updated to show the remaining courses with vacant spots, he added. The deadline for acceptance of round one offers is next Monday. Round two offers will be made on Thursday the 31st of August.A rise in points has occurred in the majority of LYIT Level 6 and 7 ordinary bachelor degree/higher certificate courses. Programmes including Dental Nursing, Law, Hospitality & Tourism and Civil Engineering have seen an increase in required points.LYIT President Paul HanniganMr Hannigan said the rise depends on the people who have applied for LYIT courses, and he added that they hope to see an increase in first year students for the 2017/2018 year. “I would pay particular attention to the Hospitality & Tourism and Culinary Arts courses we offer. Given the recent popularity of Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way there are good opportunities for employment there,” Mr Hannigan said.He encouraged prospective students to use the facilities that are provided for them over the coming weeks and to come along to the information days this Wednesday with any queries.Future LYIT students have much to consider as Round One CAO points are released was last modified: August 21st, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CAOeducationLYIT
South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will today Wednesday 18 January 2017 lead a senior government, labour and business delegation to the second day of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos.Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, is leading Team SA at this year’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. (Image: GCIS, Flickr)Held under the banner, “Responsible and Responsive Leadership,” Team South Africa will share with international delegates how South Africa aims to respond to this theme. The National Development Plan is a key driver of how South Africa will enable the creation of an increasingly equitable and inclusive society.Team South Africa convenes in Davos with a view to positioning South Africa as open for business and a globally competitive destination which is committed to:• Achieving inclusive growth and employment: South Africa at work• Restoring investor confidence• Achieving a more supportive business environment• Actions to support growth and employment• Refining government spending efficiencyParticipants at WEF Davos will grapple with very challenging political and socio-economic issues including changing geopolitics, lowered global economic growth and most importantly, the creation of equitable and inclusive nations. Delegates will strongly deliberate on how to respond to the message being communicated by citizens worldwide in that they are increasingly looking to access opportunities for growth and development.Today, the Deputy President will address a session entitled Coalition for African Research and Innovation, lead Team South Africa to the Business Interaction Working Group where South Africa will be positioned as an investment destination of choice, and participate in a discussion, Africa’s Road to Prosperity.Day three will see Deputy President Ramaphosa participate in an Informal Gathering of World Economic Leaders looking at Responsive and Responsible Leadership in a multipolar world.On Tuesday, the Deputy President attended the opening plenary session of the World Economic Forum being chaired by Professor Klaus Schwab and addressed sessions on Powering Africa; Operationalisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Unlocking the Power of Public Private Co-operation.Team South Africa will engage in a range of bilateral discussions in Davos while also participating in sessions organised by the World Economic Forum.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
7 August 2015The eThekwini Municipality was confident it would deliver a world-class Commonwealth Games in 2022, said mayor James Nxumalo.In March, Durban submitted its bid to host the mega sporting event. “We are confident that we will successfully deliver a world-class Commonwealth Games should the CGF General Assembly vote for Durban on 2 September 2015,” Nxumalo said on Tuesday.Looking good“The regional clusters of Commonwealth Games Associations from Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania have visited Durban to experience first-hand the venues, our world-class infrastructure, legacy projects and other components in the Durban bid in order for them to vote from an informed perspective and award the Games to Durban based on merit.”eThekwini has welcomed a recommendation made by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Evaluation Commission that its General Assembly should vote in favour of Durban’s bid to host the event.According to the Durban 2022 website, a report commends and highlights the many positive impacts of Durban’s bid for the Games.“Durban’s vision supports and contributes to South Africa’s 2030 National Development Plan and is rooted in the desire to engage citizens (especially young people), athletes and the Commonwealth,” it reads.“The Games concept features a compact venue plan centred on the sporting super-precinct of the Moses Mabhida Stadium and adjacent coastline, providing excellent opportunities for innovative sport presentation and enhanced athlete experience. The Opening Ceremony would take place on Mandela Day, 18 July 2022.”We’re ready, but the work continuesDurban Bid Committee chairperson Mark Alexander said this was the first step towards bringing the Games to Africa, although there was still a lot of work that needed to be done. “We are now working tirelessly to ensure that there is a unanimous vote in favour of Durban on 2 September 2015.”Bid Committee chief executive Tubby Reddy added: “We have always maintained that Durban’s bid and the subsequent awarding of the bid must be based on merit.“We have demonstrated that Durban’s proposition was indeed of a world-class standard and that the stringent technical criteria demanded by the CGF have been met by Durban.”About the gamesThe Commonwealth Games is a multi-sport, international event for athletes from many territories that were part of the British Empire.They were first held in 1930 in Hamilton, Canada, where 11 countries sent 400 athletes to take part in six sports and 59 events. The Games take place every four years; the only years they skipped were 1942 and 1946 because of World War II.From 1930 to 1950, the Games were known as the British Empire Games; from 1954 until 1966, they were called the British Empire and Commonwealth Games; and from 1970 to 1974 they took on the title of British Commonwealth Games. At the 1978 Games in Edmonton, the name was changed to the Commonwealth Games.Sources: SAinfo reporter and News24Wire
Apartheid denied South Africans the right to vote, to work, to access education, to move freely, to love and marry who they wanted, and more. Freedom Day – 27 April 1994 – changed all that. We look at how far we’ve come.There are two entrances to the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg − one for whites and another for non-whites. This was the reality during apartheid. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterApartheid legislation denied people the right to vote, to work, to access education, to move freely, to love and marry who they wanted, to be free of the fear of imprisonment without trial.Freedom Day – 27 April 1994 – changed all that. It ushered in a new constitutional democracy, underpinned by a groundbreaking Bill of Rights. We take a look at how far we’ve come over two decades of freedom.Compared to the apartheid era, where the majority had no political rights and parties opposed to apartheid were banned, all South Africans now have the right to freedom of association and are free to make political choices and campaign for any political party or cause.Whereas the majority of South Africans were denied the right to vote during the apartheid era, every adult citizen now has the right to take part in free, fair and regular elections, the right to vote and to stand for public office and, if elected, to hold office.All South Africans have the right to assemble, demonstrate, picket and present petitions, as long as this is done peacefully.Under apartheid, journalists critical of the government were often harrassed, detained and even assassinated. Anti-apartheid publications always risked being banned. By contrast, all South Africans now have the right to freedom of expression.The press and other media can express themselves freely and there is academic freedom and freedom of scientific research.The Bill of Rights also makes provision for the right to access any information that is required for the exercise or protection of any rights. The freedom of expression does not extend to propaganda of war, incitement of imminent violence or advocacy of hatred based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion.Compared to the apartheid era, all South Africans are now equal before the law and have the right to equal protection and benefit of the law.Whereas during apartheid people were detained without trial, mainly for their political beliefs, all citizens now have the right to freedom and security of the person, which includes the right not to be detained without trial and not to be treated or punished in a cruel, inhuman or degrading way.Everyone who is detained has the right to be told the reason for their detention, and to legal representation. Everyone who is arrested for allegedly committing an offence has the right to remain silent and to a fair trial or hearing before a court.Watch US Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg extol the “great piece of work” that is South Africa’s Constitution:While the apartheid state sought to deprive the majority of South Africans of their citizenship and controlled their movement through oppressive pass laws and other means, no citizen may be deprived of citizenship and everyone has the right to freely move through the country, reside anywhere and hold a passport.Whereas the apartheid state reserved skilled jobs for white South Africans, all citizens now have the right to choose their trade, occupation or profession.All citizens have the right to fair labour practices, to form and join a trade union and participate in its activities and programmes and the right to engage in collective bargaining. No one may be subjected to slavery, servitude and forced labour.While access to education was racially determined during apartheid, all South Africans now have the right to basic education, including adult basic education, and to further education, which the state has sought to progressively make available and accessible.All South Africans now have the right to access health care, water and social security and appropriate social assistance if they are unable to support themselves and their dependants. No-one may be refused emergency medical treatment.Every child, regardless of race, has a right to basic nutrition, shelter, basic health services and social services. Every child also has the right to family care or parental care and to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation and exploitative labour practices.Compared to the apartheid era, all citizens have the right to freedom of sexual orientation, conscience, religion, thought, belief and opinion.During apartheid, not only was same-sex marriage unheard of, but homosexuality was illegal. In 2006 South Africa became only the fifth country in the world to pass legislation allowing gay and lesbian people to marry – way ahead of so-called developed democracies such as Norway, Sweden and the UK.Apartheid’s “immorality” legislation also outlawed sex and marriage between people of different races. Today, all marriages concluded under any tradition, or any system of religious, person or family law, are recognised.Compared to the further oppression and discrimination women experienced during the apartheid era, they now have equal rights before the law, including the right to make decisions regarding reproduction.Source: South African Government websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.