Oranjemund - private diamond city
Owned by De Beers, the global diamond cartel. Population of 11,000, but inaccessible to outsiders.
From: tedderThis is an interesting and disturbing place. Basically, the diamonds are sitting at or near the beach. De Beers builds dikes a couple hundred yards out into the ocean, skims off the sand, then laborers literally sweep up the diamonds.
Tue Nov 15 16:04:54 -0800 2005
Here's a picture. Note the 'real' littoral zone is further inland, the waves are crashing against the dike.
Here's an official government site (so it is pretty skewed):