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Botswana has long been hailed as a ‘miracle’ of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa. In the last ten years however, this gilded reputation earned during 1970’s and 1980’s which reflected high economic growth levels and political stability, has lost much of its lustre.

On June 30 2012, Dawid Kruiper was laid to rest in the Kalahari. The leader of the indigenous Khomani San, Kruiper's state funeral was attended by thousands of mourners.

In pictures: State funeral for San leader

Two stories involving the San in southern Africa over the past few weeks have highlighted two issues – that the rights of the San continue to be routinely violated and that the Namibian authorities are more concerned about this (or at least about publicity around it) than their peers across the border in Botswana.

Historic agreement for San and Khoi

More than 100 elephants have now died from cyanide poisoning in Zimbabwe’s vast Hwange National Park – and more carcasses are still being discovered in the bush. It is a shocking story.

The San are among the most marginalised groups in southern Africa. Excluded and discriminated against at almost every turn, San youth face a host of obstacles to a brighter future:

Access to Education

Plan to forcibly relocate another San community

Officials in Ranyane 'persuading' people to leave

This is the truth: this land belongs to the San. History shows that the San of the Kalahari were the first inhabitants of modern-day Botswana and other countries in southern Africa.

And this is another indisputable fact: the San have inhabited this place for more than 40,000 years, long before any other communities migrated to the region.

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