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South Africa: a diamond rush village


A shepherd had discovered the first large glittering stones. Now hundreds are digging up the ground in Ladysmith, South Africa. It is not yet clear whether the finds actually include real diamonds.

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These stones should change their lives - so the hope of hundreds of people in a field near the South African city of Ladysmith.

On Saturday a shepherd dug up the first stone here.

The news of a possible diamond field quickly made the rounds.

Since then, people from all over South Africa have flocked here looking for happiness.

They dig through the ground with picks, shovels and sometimes even just forks.

Skhumbuzo Mbhele:

»I have never seen or touched a diamond in my life.

It's the first time I've touched one here.

I hope this will make a difference at home because we are really fighting.

I hope things get better. "

However, it is not yet clear whether these are really diamonds or just ordinary quartz crystals.

This does not deter the seeker, for many the hope of a little wealth is like a straw to which they cling.

Mendo Sabelo:

»That means that our lives will change because nobody has a real job.

I do odd jobs.

When I came home with them (the stones), the family was really overjoyed. "

Velile Vilakazi:

“This will really help the community.

We hope that crime will come to an end, especially crimes against women, because young people are doing all these things because of unemployment. "

South Africa's economy has long suffered from extremely high unemployment, with millions of people living in poverty.

The gap between rich and poor is also widening.

Almost 30 years after the end of apartheid, the black majority of the population in particular suffers from inequality.

And the coronavirus pandemic made it worse.

A team of geology and mining experts will now analyze whether the stones are really the coveted diamonds. However, some of the finders have already started to sell the stones - their previous proceeds range from six to twenty euros.

Source: spiegel

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