Heritage land dispute over Amazon’s new Africa HQ goes to court

Tim Cocks – 19 Jan 2022

Groups representing the descendants of SA’s earliest inhabitants, the Khoi and San, went to court on Wednesday to try to halt construction of Amazon’s new 70,000-square metre Africa headquarters on land they regard as sacred.

The culturally-intertwined San and Khoi were the first inhabitants of SA. The former lived as hunter gatherers for tens of thousands of years, and the latter joined them as pastoralists more than 2,000 years ago.

Some Khoi and San welcome the prospect of jobs from the R4bln rand development near Cape Town, including a hotel, retail offices and homes, and with Amazon – which employs thousands of people in data hubs in the city – as its main tenant…