How De Beers diamond mineworkers live
The miners below are in a standard room in the
fairly new De Beers hostel inside its mine. They have very little space between
the beds. The showers and toilets were delapidated and poorly maintained.
The metal tank-like buildings below were built
for workers by De Beers in the nearby publically assessible township - one per
family. They are extremely hot in Summer and have minimal facilities. Nearby
De Beers had also built a primary school after much pressure - its wall's were
of asbestos sheeting and were holed.
The township of huts featured on the previous
page and below was built at Koffiefontein prior to the elections the ANC first
won by the pro-Apartheid nationalists in the hope it would win them votes. Water-supply
is by communial stand-pipe. The inhabitants in order to show the Nationalists
that their ploy had been seen through, named the streets in the township after
liberation heros - and pinted their huts with slogans. This one says "Give
Peace a Chance."
More examples of housing in this township near
the diamond mine and for mine-worker families.
The local taxi service taking people from the
township to town.
and lest it be thought that the mineworkers
are not doing anything to try to change their situation, the photo on the right
below is of an educational class run by the local and very vigorous Communist
Party. The photo on the left is of another house oven-hot in Summer provided
by De Beers for a mineworkers's family.
Click here to go on to the other page
of photos of the Koffiefontein De Beers diamond mine.
the Children who cut Diamonds for 25c a stone -in slavery as defined by the
Here for De Beers Klienzee diamond
Here for the De Beers Finsch diamnd mine.
Click her to go back to the home
page for this diamond website
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