SOUTH AFRICA: NEW BUSHMAN PLAY TO BE STAGED NEXT WEEK
10 August 2005
A new play telling the story of the eviction of the Gana and Gwi Bushmen
and their campaign to return to their land is being staged in South
Africa next week.
South African community development worker Elijah Molahlehi wrote 'Survival in the Wilderness' after visiting the evicted Bushmen at New
Xade resettlement camp last year. He said, 'Visiting New Xade was really
something, where people are homeless, their houses were destroyed in the
times of eviction.... Everyone is saying WE WANT TO GO BACK HOME.'
'The government is claiming development, but the reality is, the government is oppressing the Basarwa [Bushman] people, starting with
their lies about development.... The Basarwa people didn't use money
because they didn't need it. And now in New Xade, they need it but they
don't have it. There is no way to survive there, no hunting and no
Playwright Charlotte Jones, whose hit adaptation of 'The Woman in White'
is playing in London's West End, said today, 'I am so pleased that the
plight of the Bushmen of the Central Kalahari has been highlighted in
the form of a stage-play. All over the world indigenous people are being
dispossessed of their land and resources. I sincerely hope that this
drama will help bring their plight to a wider audience.'
'Survival in the Wilderness' will be performed at the Oppenheimer Theatre in Welkom on 15, 16 and 17 August at 2pm and 7pm. For tickets
call (+27) (0)57 357 1214/5.
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