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Is There a Solution?


Yes!

Botswana is the size of Texas, but with a population of only 1.3 million compared to Texas with 18 million. 

Botswana is lucky to have first diamonds then copper-nickel as their first two foreign exchange producers (making it recently the second richest per capita country in Africa). Beef comes in third at only an insignificant 4.5 % of the top three. Tourism is fourth but rising and the real future with some 17% of Botswana (the country), set aside in reserves. This includes the Okavanga Delta, the largest inland delta in the world, teeming with exotic African game, and Chobe where President Clinton visited for a safari on his early 1998 African trip.

Once having had it all, the San warrant some of their land back, along with self-determination. But the government unfortunately looks down on them as 'pests', and 'stone age embarrassment'. It is suicidally shortsighted to destroy the Kalahari by introducing cattle in light of Botswana's other export 'assets' like it is suicidal to destroy the San and their natural habitat.

If SAVESAN were 'king for a day', we would:
  1. Get the EU and World Bank to stop the misguided and counterproductive beef subsidies.
  2. Pull the environmentally destructive cattle back out of the 'desert', which makes 80% of Botswana.
  3. Remove the killer 'cordon fences'.
  4. Reintroduce the 'environmentally friendly' wild game into the Kalahari regions.
  5. Allow for proper wildlife protection and management as it is in now being done by Botswana's neighbors, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, reversing environmental decline and the extinction of wild game - but together with the San.
  6. Let the Bushman be not only involved in the remote area tourism and game ranching, but let them lead.

 

 

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But simultaneously rededicate significant 'useless' Kalahari land to the San, giving them a viable choice between:

a) staying nomadic, or
b) transition into a more sedentary 'mixed economy' around well spaced 'family clan' wells with some planting, game farming, hunting part time, or
c) support those who would so chose to learn Setswana and English, and help those who want to transition into the 'modern world', to act as advocates for their own people.
Give the San real viable choices. Let them decide their own fate.

What will cause this to happen? The problem is becoming exposed; the outcry from environmentalists, humanitarians, and the general public influencing drastic change in the current policies inside and outside of the Kalahari affecting the San and the ecosystem.

In a complete turnaround, the Australian Aborigines reacquired land through the political process since 1972, after almost two centuries of genocide and then then neglect. The Inuit (Eskimos to laymen) were belatedly given 20% of Canada in 1990.

It can happen also for the San!

 

 

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ECOTERRA International is a worldwide organisation supporting Indigenous Peoples. It stands for their right to decide their own future and helps them protect their lives, lands and human rights. ECOTERRA is a not-for-profit organisation, founded in 1968, which receives no funds from any national government.

 

We are also working with other groups to raise funds to repossess, lease or secure ancestral lands in southern Africa, where communities of San can redefine their traditional way of life. Please join us!