Tuesday, 30 April 2019
An artist by day, Jacobus van wyk lives in Andriesvale, a Khomani San community near the Botswana boarder. Trough the Restitution of Lands Rights Act of 1994, the Khomani San successfully reclaimed the area they are now living on. But 25-years into democracy, Jacobus feels that his people have been forgotten.
Sunday, 15 April 2018
The Difficult Choice Facing Young Bushmen
Is there inherent value in preserving tradition? What if tradition, for you, meant rejecting modern life in favor of your ancestral lifestyle of hunting and gathering in sub-Saharan Africa? This is the very real choice facing Ketelelo and Kitsiso, two young Bushmen in Botswana, in Daniel Koehler’s moving documentary, A House Without Snakes.
Monday, 22 January 2018
2017 Was the 20th anniversary of the of the eviction of the Bushmen from their traditional hunting grounds. The future still looks very bleak!
Twenty years ago, during May 1996, hundreds of Bushmen were ordered to abandon their homes deep in Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR). This was the first in a wave of evictions by the government, determined to open up their ancestral homes to diamond mining and tourism. The Bushmen of Xade community were given no warning and were ordered to leave their homes immediately. They were herded onto trucks and those who refused to go were told they would be shot by the army. Read the story here
Monday, 8 August 2016
The first inhabitants of the eastern Lowveld were probably the San or Bushmen. They were a nomadic people who lived together in small family groups and relied on hunting and the gathering of food for survival. Evidence of their existence is found in numerous rock shelters throughout the Lowveld where some of their rock paintings are still visible. A number of these shelters have been documented in the Nelspruit area (Bornman, 1995; Schoonraad in Barnard, 1975). It has been said the red-ochre source for these paintings is to be found at Dumaneni, near Malalane (Bornman, 1995).