Amazon’s Africa Headquarters Construction Halted To Protect Indigenous Land In South Africa

Traditional South African dancers perform on July 4, 2010 in Vilakazi street in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg as Ghana supporters and bystanders wait for the Ghana national football team to arrive on a tour ahead of their departure after being defeated by Uruguay in the 2010 World Cup quarter-final match. Uruguay claimed their first World Cup semi-final appearance in 40 years on July 2 after a pulsating 4-2 penalty shootout win over heartbroken Ghana at Soccer City in Soweto. AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Brunno Braga – 21 Mar 2022

After one year of a judicial battle between indigenous people of South Africa and the US-based technology company Amazon regarding the construction of the company’s facility in Cape Town, the country’s court announced that the building of Amazon’s Africa Headquarters is halted in South Africa. This ruling was a win for indigenous groups who have claimed this land is sacred. The judicial battle started last year, as Travel Noire reported in June 2021.

According to South Africa’s court “the fundamental right to culture and heritage of indigenous groups, particularly the Khoi and San First Nations peoples, is threatened in the absence of proper consultation”. The announcement was only made public on Sunday…