SA court postpones ruling on objection to Amazon HQ on 'sacred land'

2022-01-22 12:13:00 AM

A South African court on Friday postponed a ruling on a lawsuit from descendants of South Africa's earliest inhabitants, the Khoi and San, to try to halt construction of Amazon's new Africa headquarters on what they say is sacred land.

A South African court on Friday postponed a ruling on a lawsuit from descendants of South Africa's earliest inhabitants, the Khoi and San, to try to halt construction of Amazon's new Africa headquarters on what they say is sacred land.

A South African court on Friday postponed a ruling on a lawsuit from descendants of South Africa's earliest inhabitants, the Khoi and San, to try to halt construction of Amazon's new Africa headquarters on what they say is sacred land.

ByShafiek Tassiem and Wendell RoelfThe 70,000 square metre development in Cape Town includes plans for a hotel, retail offices and homes. File photo.Image:Pascal Rossignol/ReutersA South African court on Friday postponed a ruling on a lawsuit from descendants of SA's earliest inhabitants, the Khoi and San, to try to halt construction of Amazon's new Africa headquarters on what they say is sacred land.

The 70,000 square metre development in Cape Town includes plans for a hotel, retail offices and homes, and with Amazon — which employs thousands of people in data hubs in the city — its main tenant. But it has faced a backlash from Khoi and San community leaders, who say they represent the majority of their people.

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21 January 2022 - 22:11 By Shafiek Tassiem and Wendell Roelf The 70,000 square metre development in Cape Town includes plans for a hotel, retail offices and homes.Khoisan group in court battle to halt construction of Amazon Africa headquarters by Onke Ngcuka, Daily Maverick January 20, 2022

Khoisan group in court battle to halt construction of Amazon Africa headquarters

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File photo. Image: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters A South African court on Friday postponed a ruling on a lawsuit from descendants of SA's earliest inhabitants, the Khoi and San, to try to halt construction of Amazon's new Africa headquarters on what they say is sacred land.

The application for the interdict was brought at the Cape Town High Court by Cullinan and Associates, representing the Goringhaicona Khoi Khoin Indigenous Traditional Council (GKKITC) and the Observatory Civic Association. The 70,000 square metre development in Cape Town includes plans for a hotel, retail offices and homes, and with Amazon — which employs thousands of people in data hubs in the city — its main tenant. Full time: The Democratic Alliance is heading to court to force the Department of Basic Education to end rotational teaching in South Africa. But it has faced a backlash from Khoi and San community leaders, who say they represent the majority of their people.dailymaverick. The Khoi and the San were the earliest inhabitants of SA, the latter roaming as hunter gatherers for tens of thousands of years, and the former joining them as pastoralists more than 2,000 years ago. Work underway Audi South Africa, working alongside local partner GridCars, said it has already commenced with the installation of the local charging investment project since December 2021 and will continue into this year.

“The judgment has been reserved and we will probably get the judgment next week,” one of the lawyers said.za/article/2020-02-25-why-we-as-representatives-of-the-first-nations-support-the-river-club-development/">supports the development that will house Amazon. However, the DA said that while schools abide by social distancing laws, the rest of the country – politicians especially – disregard them for rallies, strikes and other gatherings. The proposed building site lies at the confluence of two rivers, the Black River and the Liesbeek, that is sacred to both groups, and objectors fear it will also block their view to the equally sacred Lion's Head, part of Table Mountain. Not everyone identifying with these groups are against the project — an association of Khoi and San who support the development are among the respondents in the case. These facilities include an indigenous garden to grow traditional medicinal plants, an amphitheatre where the group can perform traditional song and dance, and a cultural media centre. They and the other respondents, which include the project developer Liesbeek Leisure Properties Trust, the city of Cape Town and Western Cape province, argue they have fulfilled all regulatory requirements and it is unreasonable to jettison the prospect of investment and jobs from a major tech company in a country in which a third of people are out of work. The paper was published in mid-December and sets the groundwork for possible taxes on these products in the coming 2022 Budget. Reuters .

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