Look how far we’ve come: Two decades of freedom

first_imgApartheid 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.last_img read more


Trust, savings go hand in hand with OFBF’s energy program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a Comment “Trust” is the first word that comes to mind when Tom Yingling describes Ohio Farm Bureau and why he recently signed up for its newest benefit, the Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program.“We’ve had a longstanding relationship with Farm Bureau and when they came out with (the energy program), I said ‘holy mackerel, this works for us.’ Farm Bureau has always worked to satisfy membership and not stockholders. You’ve got to trust who you’re doing business with and having Farm Bureau offer this program made the decision very easy for us,” said Yingling, a fourth-generation Huron County Farm Bureau member who grain farms with his brother.About the energy programThe Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program assists members in making energy choices, shopping for energy, learning about rebate options and finding the best ways to manage their energy resources. Ohio Farm Bureau has partnered with an Ohio-based energy management firm, Community Energy Advisors, to run the program. The energy program is just one of many benefits that Ohio Farm Bureau members enjoy, which include savings in health, home and business insurance, travel and recreation and car and equipment purchases.Medina County Farm Bureau member Tawny Zajc signed up for the energy program for the LINE-X protective coating franchise she and her husband operate. She decided to look at the program for her home and was surprised by the price difference. Turns out she had been on a very high rate and didn’t know it. Her home gas savings alone was more than $832 per year.“The phone rings off the hook all day long from solicitors trying to get you to sign up for savings that turn out to only last for a short time, and I’m busy and focused on other things and tend to trust the savings stay the same,” she said. “To find an organization like Farm Bureau that you trust and know is going to have your best interest at heart for yourself and the community is great.”Zajc became an Ohio Farm Bureau member in 2012 to take advantage of the organization’s workers’ compensation program as well as to be more involved in the agriculture community. She grew up in Sugarcreek where she was involved with 4-H and rode horses. She learned about Farm Bureau’s energy program through one of her customers.“He said remember to look at Farm Bureau – you could save a ton with them,” she said. “We’ve already saved with workers’ comp and now we have the energy savings and are in the process of applying for Farm Bureau’s health care program.”Yingling learned about the energy program during a workers’ compensation meeting and signed up shortly after that.“I don’t know the energy rates day to day and always felt pushed by other companies,” he said. “I feel comfortable with Farm Bureau. Business is about relationships and I know Farm Bureau has our best interest in mind.”Online ExtraLearn more about the Ohio Farm Bureau Energy Program and enter for a chance to win $500 that can be used like cash, including to pay for utility costs.Photo credit: Photo by Peggy Turbett  Leave a Commentlast_img read more


Yoko Ono: Beatles’ Catalogue on iTunes Tomorrow

first_imgTags:#Apple#music#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Paul McCartney’s whooping encouragement, Lennon’s calm breaths and Harrison’s pensive plucking – if you’re a Fab Four fan, you already know that tomorrow marks the official launch of the Beatle’s remastered catalogue. But to further fan the flames of excitement, Yoko Ono spilled the beans that the discography will also finally appear in the iTunes store. According to 9 to 5 Mac, Ono told Sky News that the entire Beatles back catalogue will be available for download in conjunction with tomorrow’s Apple event. While the post has since been removed, Twitter has been a aflutter with rumors. The long awaited event will also happen with the release of The Beatles: Rockband. While diehard fans have been anticipating tomorow’s digitally remastered Beatles catalogue since April, the iTunes rumor comes as a surprise. The Beatles catalogue has been mired in legal issues and label negotiations have always kept the catalogue off of web services like iTunes and Amazon. In an interview with the Guardian, George Harrison’s son Dhani even suggested that rights owners create their own Beatles-specific independent music store to sell the remastered versions. If Yoko is right about the catalogue making it to iTunes, it will be interesting to see the pricing negotiated on this epic release. Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…center_img dana oshiro 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more


Additional Space for Accident and Emergency Unit at Cornwall Regional Hospital

first_imgMinister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the new addition to the Accident and Emergency Unit at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, in Montego Bay, will facilitate efficient administration of care at the health facility.Dr. Tufton was speaking at the ground breaking ceremony for a Diagnostic Centre – Radiology Department – as well as the handing over of the additional space designated for the Accident and Emergency Unit, on Thursday (September 13).“The Ministry took the deliberate decision [to expand the department], recognizing the need for accident and emergency as a critical part of any hospital operation. This will provide an opportunity for a more efficient administration of accident and emergency, because a Type A hospital needs a proper accident and emergency facility,” he said.Meanwhile, Dr. Tufton  noted that the diagnostic centre, when completed, will offset costs, as the Ministry will no longer have to outsource diagnostic services.“Because of the challenges that we face, we have had to spend a lot of money on outsourcing diagnostic services.   For example,  X-rays in 2017 cost us $21 million and if you look at CT Scans at private facilities, $37.5 million, so we have had to spend this money,” explained Dr. Tufton.For his part, Chief Executive Officer of the Cornwall Regional Hospital, Alwyn Miller,  lauded the staff of the hospital, particularly those in the Accident and Emergency Unit, for their  “yeoman service on the front lines of the hospital.” “They have worked very hard under difficult conditions and we must recognize them, as their tasks have been significant,” he said.last_img read more


La route jusquà Ottawa sannonce difficile pour lexprésidente de lAFAC

first_imgNouvelles nationales de l’APTNMichèle Audette aura eu l’occasion de se présenter deux fois sous la bannière libérale au cours des présentes élections. Elle le fera dans la circonscription de Terrebonne, en banlieue de Montréal. Ses rivaux sont le bloquiste Michel Boudrias, le conservateur Michel Surprenant et la députée NPD sortante Charmaine Borg, qui n’avait que 20 ans lorsque la vague orange néo-démocrate a déferlé sur le Québec en 2011.Mme Audette est née dans la communauté innue de Mani-Utenam, près de Sept-Îles, au Québec. Elle n’était cependant pas considérée comme une Indienne de plein droit, sa mère s’étant mariée avec un non autochtone. Ce n’est qu’en 2010 qu’elle a obtenu le statut d’Indienne. Selon une biographie (en anglais), c’est cette injustice qui l’a poussée vers l’activisme. Âgée d’à peine 16 ans, Mme Audette s’est impliquée comme bénévole au Centre d’amitié autochtone de Montréal pour défendre la cause des femmes des Premières Nations du Canada. Michèle Audette n’est certainement pas une étrangère pour le public du réseau APTN. Les auditoires d’APTN National News et de Nation to Nation ont pu se familiariser avec elle alors qu’elle était présidente à la fois de l’Association des femmes autochtones du Québec et de l’Association des femmes autochtones du Canada (AFAC).  Mme Audette est bien connue pour sa défense de longue date de la cause des femmes autochtones assassinées et disparues. Dans le cadre du programme Sœurs par l’esprit–et son successeur, De la preuve à l’action, l’AFAC a commencé à dénombrer le nombre de cas de femmes disparues et assassinées au Canada. Mme Audette s’est démenée auprès de la GRC pour amener cette dernière à reconnaître les chiffres compilés et auprès du gouvernement conservateur pour faire financer leurs efforts. Cette lutte est racontée en détail dans ce long article de Ken Jackson, d’APTN National News. C’est le refus de Stephen Harper de tenir une enquête nationale sur les femmes assassinées et disparues qui a convaincu Mme Audette de se lancer sur la scène politique fédérale. « Je me plaignais », a‑t-elle confié au Globe and Mail il y a plus d’un an. « Alors, je me suis dit, pourquoi ne pas me faire entendre à l’intérieur du système? »Sa première tentative fut dans la circonscription de Manicouagan, où se trouve sa communauté natale. Toutefois, à l’assemblée de mise en candidature en mars, elle a perdu lors d’un vote très serré remporté par Mario Tremblay. Cela aurait pu donner lieu à une course captivante puisque le candidat néo-démocrate sortant là-bas est Jonathan‑Genest‑Jourdain, également innu. Après avoir perdu de justesse, elle avait à l’époque dit à APTN que la météo défavorable et les bulletins de vote postaux perdus ou retardés avaient joué en sa défaveur.En mai, elle a laissé entendre au Soleil qu’elle envisageait un retour en politique et qu’elle avait reçu l’offre de briguer les suffrages ailleurs au Québec. Par conséquent, ce ne fut pas une grande surprise quand le Parti libéral a annoncé le mois dernier la candidature de Michèle Audette à Terrebonne. Bien qu’il s’agisse d’une nouvelle circonscription, Terrebonne est constitué d’autres territoires qui, jusqu’à la vague orange néo-démocrate de 2011, élisaient régulièrement des députés bloquistes. Michèle Audette correspond à la définition d’une candidate parachutée, et bien qu’elle souhaite représenter les citoyens de la banlieue de Montréal, elle a avoué à Ici Radio-Canada que Manicouagan reste dans son cœur. Elle devra surmonter le fait qu’elle vient de l’extérieur et tirer parti de la grande jeunesse de Mme Borg si elle veut avoir une chance de livrer personnellement son message sur les femmes assassinées et disparues à Ottawa.last_img read more