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Mine work stopped temporarily during the Siege of Kimberley. Cecil Rhodes hoped to maintain his labor force during this period and hired mineworkers to help dig trenches ad underground passages.

"Sandy" uses his free time on Sunday to make some extra money by cutting hair for other workers.

De Beers compound. Netting in certain areas prevented workers from throwing diamonds outside of the compound to retrieve later. The guard's tower is pictured in the foreground. A swimming area can be seen on the right side of the photograph. The…

Workers use their free time (probably Sunday) to make bracelets to sell inside the compound. Another worker appears to be playing a game of umugala.

Workers prepare meals during their free time inside the De Beers compound.

By late December, 1899, the Siege of Kimberley had forced a ration on all residents of the town. Africans received small portions of mealie meal, sorghum meal, samp,…

Gun manufactured by De Beers for use in Kimberley against Boer forces that held Siege over the town from October, 1899 - February, 1900

A group of workers poses for the camera during their work break.