Zambia: Good Copper, Bad Copper (Documentary Film)

Watch Zambia documentary film titled  Zambia: Good Copper, Bad Copper. Zambia is a country rich in copper and cobalt. Zambia is also the world’s seventh largest producer of copper, and world’s second largest producer of Cobalt.

Zambia: Good Copper, Bad Copper

A film by Alice Odiot and Audrey Gallet, written in collaboration with Stéphane Horel. A Yami 2 production with the participation of France Télévisions.

Zambia is a Southern African country rich in the following natural resources: copper, cobalt, zinc, lead, coal, emeralds, gold, silver, uranium, and hydropower.

Mineral Endowment in Zambia

Zambia is Internationally recognized as a major producer of copper and cobalt. Zambia is ranked as the world’s seventh largest producer of copper, generating 3.3% of the western worlds production, and worlds second largest producer of cobalt (19.7%).

Copper from Zambia

Copper from Zambia

It also has significant quantities of selenium (+-16.7t) and silver (+- 8t) together with minor gold and platinum group elements which are produced as important by-products of the copper mining and processing.

More than 300 gold occurrences have been reported throughout the Southern African country, Zambia.

Copper mineralization was first discovered at the turn of the century but large scale production only commenced in the 1930’s with the start-up of Roan Antelope (Luanshya – 1931), followed rapidly by Nkana (1932), Mufulira (1933) and then Nchanga in 1939. Copper production exceeded 400,000t.p.a. in the late 1950’s and reached a peak of 700,00t.p.a. in 1969-1976 before beginning a progressive decline and sinking to a 1995 low of 307,000t.p.a.

However, the privatization of Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (ZCCM) will activate the remaining industry and halt this decline. With a total mineral resource of at least two billion tonnes on the Copperbelt alone, there is no doubt that copper and cobalt production will soon begin a significant upward trend.

Zambia has a history of gold mining on a relatively small scale, with the twenty larger deposits having produced a total of slightly more than 2t of gold since modern mining began in 1902. The largest past producers are Dunrobin (990kg gold), Jessie (390kg), Sasare (390kg), and Matala (225kg); Dunrobin has recently been re-opened by Reunion Mining and is scheduled to produce 500-600kg gold per annum. More than 300 gold occurrences have been reported throughout the country.

Zambia: Mining & the Economy

For the past sixty years the Zambian economy has been heavily reliant on the mining of copper and cobalt and despite the positive steps taken to diversify the industrial and manufacturing base, the reliance remains. The mining sector contributed US$822 million to the total export.

The other important metal production has been zinc and lead from the carbonate-hosted deposits of Kabwe which, with a total of 11Mt of ore containing 40% combined zinc and lead, ranks as one of the highest grade Zn-Pb deposits in the world.

Similar styles of mineralization have been recognized over a wide area to the north of Kabwe.



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