Copper In Africa: South Africa, DRC, Zambia

Copper in Africa: South Africa, DRC, ZambiaAfrica is one of the most important sources of copper in the world, with production coming primarily from Zambia, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) Katanga Province. In 2008,aSouth Africa produced 89,700 tonnes of copper while Zambia produced 131,400 tonnes, according toaMining Intelligence Database (MID).

Other copper mines in Africa can be found in Marrakech, Morocco, as well as in Cameroon and Botswana.

South Africa

South Africa is where commercial-scaleacopperamining in Africa started. In 1966, Palabora Mining Company (OTCMKTS: PBOAF) opened the region's first open-pit copper mine in the Loolekop central zone in Northwestern South Africa. The mine has remained one of the largest and deepest open-pit mines in the world. Today, Palaboraaproducesaabout 80,000 tonnes of copper a year.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Katanga Province is located on the Central African Copperbelt and is known for its vast mineral resources, including copper,acobalt,atin,auraniumaandadiamonds. Copper is the province's most important commodity.

One of the largest-scale copper miners in the DRC is Katanga Mining (TSX:KAT), which is working on two joint venturesaKamoto Copper Company (KCC) and DRC Copper and Cobalt Project (DCP).

KCC produced its first copper cathode at the end of 2007 once Phase I of a four-phase refurbishment of the brownfield site was complete, the company's website states. Katanga aquired DCP in 2008 through its merger with Nikanor. Both ventures operate on adjacent properties in the DRC. Katanga is looking to merge KCC and DCP in the future.

Australia-listed Tiger Resources (ASX:TGS) is also a copper-cobalt producer in the DRC. Tiger is looking forward to producing its firsta25,000-tpa copper cathode from the SXEW plant at the Kipoi project in the coming months. It is also planning for the next phase in the project's development.