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South Africa: Kwazulu-Natal "diamonds" turn out to be quartz

A boy holds what he believes to be a diamond after the discovery of unidentified stones at KwaHlathi village near Ladysmith, South Africa, on June 15, 2021.   -  
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South Africa

Nothing but deception for South Africans who rushed KwaHlathi.

After hearing a local herder had unearthed some mysterious stones in this small town of the Kwazulu-Natal province, thousands armed with pickaxes, shovels and sticks headed to the surroundings of the village in search of diamonds.

But preliminary analysis of these said diamond shows the stones are in fact Quartz, far more common and far less valuable.

Results that crushed any dreams and possibilities of wealth for all these amateur miners.

The South African governement added the zone is not known to have any diamonds, and that those who poured to the small Kwazulu-Natal village should vacate the area, as it could carry risks such as environmental damage and exposure to Covid 19.