Since 1997, the Bushmen have been facing forced relocation from the CKGR
, where they have been residing for 20,000 years.
Botswana is the world's largest diamond producer, and the CKGR
lies smack dab in the middle of one of its richest diamond fields.
If I was in the CKGR
, at least I could set a noose trap and get something out of that, rather than sitting here doing nothing.
We are also particularly pleased that as a result of our proactive ongoing community consultations with the residents of the CKGR
we are able to recognise the original name Ghaghoo, by re-naming the mine site.
Diamonds are the most likely resource to be mined in the reserve; but major player De Beers--which is the operating partner in a joint venture over a confirmed but as yet uneconomic reserve in the CKGR
at Gope--has a complex relationship with Mogae's government.
In fact, the Working Group of Indigenous Minorities in Southern Africa (WIMSA), one of the largest grouping of San communities, has stated that: "The San regard diamond mining in the CKGR
as an option for development.
The body became the self-appointed defenders of the CKGR
San, campaigning vigorously against what they saw as ruthless exploitation.
But we are not mining diamonds or anything like that in the CKGR
Evictions began in 1997, with more than 1,500 having been forced out of the CKGR
Responding to allegations from the London-based Survival International that the government's will move some 400 bushmen out the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR
) to make way for new mining operations, a De Beers spokesperson said that although exploration had taken place at Gape, in the CKGR
, there were no plans to begin operations.
There he announced that water supplies to the communities living inside the CKGR
would soon be cut off.
They allege that where inflated compensation offers failed to entice them our of the CKGR
, officials threatened them with violence.