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Kleinzee is located in South Africa
 Kleinzee shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 29°40′S 17°05′E / 29.667°S 17.083°E / -29.667; 17.083Coordinates: 29°40′S 17°05′E / 29.667°S 17.083°E / -29.667; 17.083
Country South Africa
Province Northern Cape
District Namakwa
Municipality Nama Khoi
 • Total 9.10 km2 (3.51 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 728
 • Density 80/km2 (210/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 18.1%
 • Coloured 61.1%
 • Indian/Asian 1.1%
 • White 17.9%
 • Other 1.8%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 89.9%
 • English 5.7%
 • Xhosa 2.1%
 • Other 2.3%
PO box 8282
Area code 027

Kleinzee or Kleinsee is a small diamond mining town on the west coast of the Northern Cape province in South Africa, owned by De Beers.

A village just south of Grootmis, at the mouth of the Buffels River, 72 km south-east of Port Nolloth and 105 km west of Springbok. Known for its diamond-mining operations. Founded after 1927. The name is Afrikaans and means 'small sea', referring to a lagoon at the mouth of the Buffets River.[2]

The Buffels River "flows" through Kleinsee, but most of the time it is just a dry river bed and this river only flows approximately every ten years.

Its main school is Kleinsee Primary School.

Its population size generally consisted of around 2,000 residents, but was considerably reduced by the down-scaling of mining activities in 2009.


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Kleinzee". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ Raper, Peter E. (1987). Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Internet Archive. p. 251. Retrieved 28 August 2013.