Here are the five largest copper mines by production in South Africa, according to GlobalData’s mining database.
1. Palabora Mine
The Palabora Mine is a surface and underground mine located in Limpopo. It is owned by HBIS Group and produced an estimated 21,997 Tonnes of copper in 2021. The mine will operate until 2039.
2. Mogalakwena Mine
Located in Limpopo, the Mogalakwena Mine is owned by Anglo American Plc. The surface mine produced an estimated 11,601 Tonnes of copper in 2021. The mine will operate until 2040.
3. Nkomati Mine
The Nkomati Mine is located in Mpumalanga . It is owned by African Rainbow Minerals and produced an estimated 4,409 Tonnes of copper in 2021.
4. Rustenburg Complex
The Rustenburg Complex, owned by Sibanye Stillwater, is an underground mine located in North West. The mine produced an estimated 1,158 Tonnes of copper in 2021. The mine will operate until 2052.
5. Bafokeng-Rasimone Platinum Mine
Owned by Royal Bafokeng Platinum, the Bafokeng-Rasimone Platinum Mine is an underground mine located in North West. It produced an estimated 1,116 Tonnes of copper in 2021. The mine will operate until 2050.
Methodology: This information is drawn from GlobalData’s mines and projects database, which tracks all operating and developing mines and projects globally. Verdict’s parent company GlobalData provides business information to 4,000 of the world’s largest companies.