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great lakes: the people

In Southern Africa, the land offers rich soil, temperate climate and regular rains. Not surprisingly, it has attracted diverse groups, many descended from the migrant Bantu people whose influences have been left all over the continent. Two of the largest groups descended from these original Bantu pioneers are the Xhosa and Zulu, who, together, make up about 40 percent of South Africa's population. These groups have subsumed much of the former lands of the native hunter-gatherer San people, who are today relegated to the desert regions of the Kalahari.

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