Diamonds Aren't Forever
Declining yields of diamond ore in the mining areas of the Diamond Coast of South Africa and Namibia have forced the mines to retrench large numbers of workers in recent years. The small towns that service the mines are now showing signs of neglect as residents leave to find work elsewhere. In the Namibian town of Oranjemund, houses lie empty and unused, their gardens gradually laid bare by the harsh, arid climate. On the other side of the Orange River in the South African town of Alexander Bay, numerous cars lie stripped and abandoned. Crosses and numbers have been painted on them, marking them as scrap metal to be collected later.