The mining of diamonds has had a major impact on the political sustainability in South Africa. For instance Cape Colony required a large labour force for the mines and to allow for this to happen the government started to join and merge with neighbouring states such as Basutoland, Bechuanaland, and Pediland. In the joined territories the political sustainability changed for the worse and there was a negative direct impact by the government on mining as they introduced the Hut Tax. This demands the people who live in South Africa to pay and annual tax on their homes in British cash, and the only way to earn British cash was to work in the mines. This was a positive impact on the economy as there was now a steady flow of workers travelling to the mine to earn money, which they sent to their families to pay the tax. This had a negative indirect effect on the people as they now have to change their normal regime and work in the mines for very long hours. Currently in Angola there is a political act, which is trying to bring future sustainability to mining. The country is trying to implement new regulation for diamond production to prevent blood diamonds. This would be very helpful but the new law does not really do much to improve Angola’s political sustainability although maybe in the future it will. At the moment the act has no full proof procedures for tracking the blood diamonds and no mechanisms for collating, analysing or publishing and data found on the trade of the blood diamonds. Some political officials in Angola say that, “They take the new policy and its responsibilities seriously and plans to tighten things up during implementation.” Hopefully if the Angolan government follows through with their plan then in the future South Africa will change to be more sustainable. Currently in South Africa the government is not fully sustainable with diamond mining, but they are on their way to becoming politically sustainable in the future.