Palabora Copper (Pty) Limited, a subsidiary of Palabora Mining Company Ltd, is a copper mine that also operates a smelter and refinery complex based in the town of Phalaborwa, in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. The mine owes its origins to a unique rock formation in the region known as the Palabora Igneous Complex.
Palabora has been operational since its incorporation in 1956 and is the country’s major producer of refined copper, producing approximately 45 000 tonnages of copper per annum. Palabora Copper is South Africa’s sole producer of refined copper, which it supplies mainly to the local market, and export the balance. Whilst copper forms the base-load of its business, Palabora also mines and exports other by-products such as Magnetite, Vermiculite Sulphuric acid, anode slimes and nickel sulphate.