Sanddrift is known historically as the place where the Nama people were driven after diamond-mining operations started on the Atlantic coastline in the early 1900s. During the 1970s, however, mining operations finally encroached upon Sanddrift, and the local Nama people were systematically employed at these sites. Today, commercial diamond mining is still exercised for exporting purposes. Sanddrift is known as a cosmopolitan town with several cultural influences: authentic Nama culture has nevertheless been preserved, and remains strongly represented among the local inhabitants. The town is known for its unique sunsets, and tourists can enjoy fishing and other watersports on the Orange River nearby. Sanddrift has several general stores, a petrol station, an FNB ATM, and cellphone and internet reception.
Sanddrif is a town in Richtersveld Local Municipality in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, on the banks of the Orange River. It is located 57 km’s east of Alexander Bay.

The subsequent migration of Xhosa people who came to the area to work in the mines led Sanddrif to acquire the nickname of “Rainbow Town”. Sanddrif has nevertheless seen ethnic conflict between the indigenous Namas and the Xhosa migrants.

Key Statistics 2011

Total population 1,854
Young (0-14) 26,4%
Working Age (15-64) 70,3%
Elderly (65+) 3,2%
Dependency ratio 42,2
Sex ratio 113,2
Population density 686 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+ 2,5%
Higher education aged 20+ 6,4%
Matric aged 20+ 16,1%
Number of households 512
Average household size 3,4
Female headed households 28,3%
Formal dwellings 66,6%
Housing owned/paying off 36,5%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage 40,2%
Weekly refuse removal 38,9%
Piped water inside dwelling 43,8%
Electricity for lighting 92,8%