Will the African oldest ethnic group win the fight against Amazon to regain ancestral land?
Khoisans are the world’s most ancient people and are said to be the very direct descendants of the original groups of humans.
The Khoisan are in Botswana, Zambia, Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho, and Zimbabwe and are about 90, 000 in population. They are about 100,000 to 140,000 years old and speak all the Khoe, Tuu and Kx’a family of languages.
it no longer news that Amazon plans to build its new African headquarters in Cape Town, South Africa, over the course of three to five years.
However, the land on which the multibillion-dollar corporation wishes to build belongs to the local Khoisan people, who are thought to be the world’s oldest living people.
Since the project’s announcement a few years ago, the Khoisan people have requested to have it rejected due to the sensitive nature of Khoisan culture,
According to them, the area where the edifice is to be built is the native homeland and taking it away from them means taking away their ancestral heritage.
There has been a clash of interests between these bush people and the South African state.
The project will require 150,000 square meters of space available.
It also had the enticing benefit of employing more than 19,000 Capetonians.
In their defence, the Khoisan tribe emphasized that their freedom was not brought about by Amazon. Furthermore, Amazon did not also bring about their liberty. Rather, the significance of their spaces was brought about by the blood of their forefathers and Korana sacrifices, and that should be respected.
Recall that Amazon came to South Africa in 2004 to open its first development centre for Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Cape Town, but its e-commerce services were not available in Africa until now.
It has expanded its presence in South Africa by opening new offices. The plan now is to reach all of Africa from Cape Town, and the corporation must deal with the existing criticisms.
The question would be whether the African continent’s oldest ethnic group will be able to defeat Amazon and reclaim their ancestral land on their own.
Because it appears that Amazon Corporation is committed to completing this multimillion-dollar project.
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