Diamond Mines in South Africa

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Diamond Mines in South Africa
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Eugene Patton, James Pruitt, John Morawa, Kenneth Miller, Nicholas Nauroth, and
Shemika McWilliams
DeVry University Online
April 13, 2011

Diamond Mines in South Africa

South Africa’s Culture, Government, Economy, and religion of South Africa
(Shemika McWilliams)

Diamond mining in South Africa is the main force behind the country’s economy but this has not always been the case. South Africa’s large diamond mining industry started with the discovery of a large diamond on 1886 by a young shepherd named Erasmus Jacobs. The discovery brought in many miners from different parts of the world to South Africa and this lead to the discovery of a bigger diamond in 1871. This created a diamond rush in South Africa that change the country’s economy, politics system, religion and culture. Thought this lecture we will cover the different effect of diamond mining in South Africa especially the cultural effects of this trend.
Culture of South Africa

The culture in South Africa is very interesting because this country has contributed too many immense and diverse things. Throughout the centuries Africa has produced innumerable cultural moments. The country has plenty of traditions and an incredible history that goes from the Monumental pyramids of ancient Egypt to the towering twentieth century figures of Nelson Mandela. Stone Age cultures developed in Africa as they did throughout the world. Hunter-gathers societies flourished throughout the continent and found detailed documents of their lifestyles depicted in the rock art in the Savannah regions. The movement and settlement of these people were marked by changes in the environment over the millennia. These changes brought into South Africa the first white settlement to the country.

The first white settlement of South Africa came in 1652 when the Dutch came to the country to establish a resupply commercial port for their ships. Throughout the years and with the help of



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