’Amazon this land is sacred,’ say protesters ahead of court case

Bulelwa Payi – Nov 14, 2021

AS THE climate change conference in Glasgow ended, Khoi indigenous people, environmentalists and land activists have called on Amazon’s billionaire founder Jeff Bezos to intercede in a development on sacred land in Observatory.

Bezos announced a $2 billion investment towards fighting climate change in Africa at COP26 while developers were “barrelling” ahead with the development on the floodplain at the confluence of the Black and Liesbeek rivers.

The development would see tech giant Amazon taking up a huge space.

The Observatory Civic Association (OCA) and Goringhaicona Khoi Khoin Traditional Indigenous Council are headed to court next week to seek an interdict against the River Club developers from going ahead with the development.

The R4.5bn mixed use development entails 150 000 square metres of buildings, which, according to those fighting against it, violated “environmental principles” both nationally and internationally, including the Paris Agreement…