Why South Africa should cancel Amazon’s new HQ

Michael Kwet – 18 Jan 2022

On January 19, Amazon faces a major court showdown over the construction of its new headquarters in Cape Town, South Africa. The Indigenous Khoi and San peoples, environmentalists and other activists are asking the South African High Court to interdict the project, which sits on ancestral Indigenous land and will have a detrimental effect on the local environment.

If plans for the new headquarters go forward, the company will also further entrench its neocolonial dominance and exploitative economic model on the African continent. Despite lucrative promises of jobs and revenue from the government, Amazon’s expansion will not benefit the average South African and will bring more labour exploitation and likely enable more surveillance-based policing of poor and marginalised communities…