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Prince Harry’s royal tour of South Africa and Lesotho

first_imgBritain’s Prince Harry is on a tour of South Africa, following a visit to Lesotho. He has presented Archbishop Desmond Tutu with an honour in Cape Town, visited a youth centre, and played in a polo match. He will also go to the Kruger National Park, and spend a day each in Durban and Joburg. Prince Harry visits the Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation on 30 November 2015. (Image: The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, Twitter) • Royal boost for conservation in Africa • Disabled South Africans: know your rights – Infographic • Global role for Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim  • From page to canvas: Broken Monsters charity art show • Former child soldier turns his story into a graphic novel Priya PitamberPlaying soccer with youngsters, visiting a children’s centre, playing in a polo match and honouring the conscience of a nation, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu – it’s all in a day’s work for Britain’s Prince Harry during his visit to Lesotho and South Africa.The British royal presented Tutu with the insignia of an honorary member of the Order of the Companions of Honour on 30 November on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, his grandmother. “The queen has made this appointment in recognition of his services to UK communities, and international peace and reconciliation,” said Kensington Palace.The prince presented the honour when he met the Arch at the offices of The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town.Tutu was moved and humbled by the gesture. “I have been very deeply touched,” he told Channel 24. “When you stand out in a crowd it’s only because you are carried on the shoulders of others. Without them I would be nothing. This is their award as much as it is mine.”Prince Harry presented the #CompanionofHonour when he met @TheDesmondTutu today at the offices of @TutuLegacy pic.twitter.com/YigdlmHWmC — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 30, 2015While at the foundation, the prince also learnt more about Tutu’s efforts in peace building, conflict resolution, development and human rights, as well as about the work of the foundation. In particular, he heard about its efforts to support disadvantaged young people to access the work place.According to Kensington Palace, the Order of the Companions of Honour was instituted in 1917 by King George V. “It is conferred on people for recognised services of national importance, for a pre-eminent and sustained contribution in the arts, science, medicine or government.”Previous recipients include painter Lucian Freud, Professor Stephen Hawking, naturalist Sir David Attenborough, painter David Hockney, historian Dr Eric Hobsbawm, and politicians Sir John Major and Lord Patten of Barnes.Later that day, Harry visited the Ottery Youth Centre, where troubled youngsters are rehabilitated. “The centre provides rehabilitative care and education to young boys between the ages of 12 and 18 years who more often than not come from broken homes,” Kensington Palace said.Children at the centre gave him a wood carving of his mother, the late Princess Diana.Prince Harry was given a wood carving created for him by the children at Ottery in their wood craft workshops pic.twitter.com/ZA2BSixETm — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 30, 2015His last stop for the day was the Football for Hope Centre in Khayelitsha. It uses soccer to engage with young people on social issues such as gender equality and HIV/Aids awareness.“The prince joined the coaches in practical football and life skills sessions on the pitch, including, on the eve of World Aids Day, a SKILLZ for HIV awareness activity,” the palace said. “It was a meaningful and memorable experience for Prince Harry, giving him the chance to meet young people in the heart of the township where they live.”Video: Prince Harry larks around with some of the Football For Hope youngsters #RoyalVisitSA pic.twitter.com/qkRjOtXdnP — Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) November 30, 2015Prince Harry’s other engagements in South Africa have included playing in the Sentebale Polo Cup at Val de Vie in Paarl. In Lesotho he attended the official opening of the new Mamohato Children’s Centre at Thaba Bosiu; he also visited Prime Minster Dr Pakalitha Bethuel Mosili and King Letsie III.He was in Durban on 1 December and will go to the Kruger National Park on 2 December and Johannesburg on 3 December.last_img read more

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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

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Port of Virginia Keeps Up the Momentum

first_imgzoom With peak season nearing its close, the US Port of Virginia in November handled 236,155 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), making it the second-busiest month in the port’s history after the record-breaking October 2016.In comparison with last November, TEU volumes are up 16 percent; rail units up 35 percent; truck volume up 8 percent; Virginia Inland Port volume up 3 percent; and Richmond Marine Terminal (RMT) volume up 20 percent, the port authority said.“November was a strong month and we experienced solid growth in import and export volumes, which were up 17 percent and 15 percent (respectively); our peak-season volumes will begin tapering off in December, which is normal,” said John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority.“Combine our performance in November and the volume we handled in October – our single-best effort on record – and we moved 475,000 TEUs.”November marks the tenth consecutive month in 2016 of TEU volumes exceeding 210,000 units.Year-to-date, the port’s TEU volume is up 3 percent; rail units up 14 percent; VIP volume up 3 percent; and RMT volume up 30 percent. The import volume has grown by 5 percent and exports are up 2 percent.Reinhart said the focus “will be maintaining momentum” as the port gets underway with the expansion of Virginia International Gateway later this month and late next spring at Norfolk International Terminals. Combined, these expansion projects will boost annual throughput capacity by 40 percent when complete, the port authority said.last_img read more