People young and old have been digging with shovels, picks and forks in the hope that a discovery could change their lives.
The discovery of unidentified stones in a village in South Africa has prompted hundreds of fortune seekers to travel there in the hope that they will find diamonds.
More than 1,000 people have been digging near KwaHlathi outside Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal province since Saturday after a shepherd who dug up a stone spread the word.
“This means our lives will change because no one had a proper job, I do odd jobs. When I returned home with them, (the family was) really overjoyed,” said the 27-year-old father-of-two – among the scores of diggers at the site.
Skhumbuzo Mbhele, who is unemployed, agreed. He added: “I hadn’t seen or touched a diamond in my life. It’s my first time.”