Amazon warned: Don’t build on our sacred African soil

U.S. retail giant Amazon is once again caught in hot waters as it tries to establish another regional headquarter in Cape Town, South Africa.

This time, the politically charged controversy and fight is over land and a river that some South African indigenous groups say are sacred and should be declared a World Heritage site.

The project plan for the nearly $350 million mixed-use development, dubbed The River Club—where Amazon is slated to be the anchor tenant—includes office space, housing, running and cycling tracks and some 20 acres of green-park space open to the public. The planned headquarters would reside on 70,000 square metres (17.3 Acres) of land…