KWAHLATHI, South Africa – Greater than 1,000 fortune seekers on Monday flocked to the village of KwaHlathi in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province in the hunt for what they believed to be diamonds after a discovery of unidentified stones within the space.
The folks travelled from throughout South Africa to affix villagers who’ve been digging since Saturday, after a herd man who dug up the primary stone on an open area, which some consider to be quartz crystals, put out the phrase.
The discovery was a life changer, mentioned one digger Mendo Sabelo as he held a handful of tiny stones.
“This implies our lives will change as a result of nobody had a correct job, I do odd jobs. Once I returned house with them, (the household was) actually overjoyed,” mentioned the 27-year previous father of two.
Unemployed Skhumbuzo Mbhele concurred, including: “I hadn’t seen or touched a diamond in my life. It’s my first time touching it right here.”
The mines division mentioned on Monday it was sending a workforce comprising of geological and mining consultants to the location to gather samples and conduct an evaluation.
A proper technical report will likely be issued in the end, the division mentioned.
The shortage of an evaluation of the stones has not deterred the fortune seekers as lengthy traces of parked vehicles on either side of the gravel street may very well be seen only a few metres from the open area, the place the younger, previous, feminine and male dug by way of the soil with picks, shovels and forks to seek out riches.
South Africa’s economic system has lengthy suffered from extraordinarily excessive ranges of unemployment, trapping hundreds of thousands in poverty and contributing to stark inequalities that persist practically three a long time after the tip of apartheid in 1994. The coronavirus pandemic has made it worse.
Some folks have began promoting the stones, with the beginning value starting from 100 rand ($7.29) to 300 rand.
The provincial authorities has since requested all these concerned to go away the location to permit authorities to conduct a correct inspection, amid fears the folks digging on the website might doubtlessly be spreading the coronavirus.