!Khwa ttu San Cultural Centre
Cape Town North, South Africa
The San, or Bushmen, are recent hunters and gatherers. There are currently around 113,000 San scattered across six countries in Southern Africa. The ancestors of the San are the earliest visible inhabitants of Southern Africa. San, are increasingly thinking of themselves as ‘First People’ or ‘Indigenous People’, a step that aligns them with the histories and empowerment of ‘First Peoples’ around the world.
Like many other ‘Indigenous People’, the languages, cultures and home ranges of the San are under very considerable threat from the fast changes to their (developing) world. They are now amongst the most dis-enfranchised and poverty stricken peoples in Southern Africa.
Planeterra and G Adventures have worked with !Khwa ttu staff and their trainees at the ||Kabbo Academy to develop a one-of-a-kind tour which will not only educate travellers about San culture and language, but will also include information about how the training program is changing lives. Planeterra also provided !Khwa ttu with a grant to be used to enhance the organization’s “Green Team”, adding additional sustainability training into the ||Kabbo Academy, which graduates can implement in their home regions.
The ||Kabbo Academy takes on approximately 30 students per year for their seven-month program, with a combined total impact that spans approximately 150 dependents across a number of countries in Southern Africa. Starting in January of 2018, more than 2,500 G Adventures travellers will visit !Khwa ttu on an annual basis to take part of an educational experience at the centre.
“!Khwa ttu is the beginning of big things. From here doors will be unlocked and we as the trainees can look forward for our great future.” – Heinrich Tieties (former student of the ||Kabbo Academy)