About Us

Mopani Copper Mines PLC is Zambian-registered integrated mining investment with operations in Kitwe and Mufulira districts of the Copperbelt Province in the Republic of Zambia. The company’s operations encompass the full range of the copper production chain: from extracting the ore underground to concentrating, smelting, refining, and packaging the finished cathode for export.
Mopani Copper Mines PLC is 51 percent owned by Delta Mining Limited, a subsidiary of International Resources Holding of the United Arab Emirates and 49 percent ZCCM Investment Holdings PLC, a diversified mining investments and operations holding company of Zambia.
IRH acquired the 51 percent shareholding in 2024 from ZCCM-IH, which had wholly owned Mopani from 2021 after buying off the previous majority stake in the mine from Carlisa Investments – a joint venture between Swiss commodity trader Glencore and Canadian-based First Quantum Minerals. Carlisa Investments ran Mopani from privatisation in 2000.
With a rich history in mining and processing dating back to the 1930s, Mopani Copper Mines PLC’s assets in Kitwe and Mufulira include underground mines, concentrators, a smelter and a refinery. The company has continued upgrading its infrastructure by investing in new technologies to increase production and improve efficiencies. The new infrastructure includes three deep shafts (Synclinorium, Mindola and Henderson), which were sunk and equipped between 2014 and 2021 to extend the life of the mine by over 25 years, safeguard the existing jobs at both mine sites and ensure Mopani’s continuous contribution to Zambia’s economic development.
Mopani Copper Mines PLC remains committed to supporting the social-economic development of the host communities through its robust Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes. The company supports the development of sports, local enterprises, education, health, basic infrastructure as well as water and sanitation in the communities of Kitwe and Mufulira.

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Our History ...



Copper produced at Nkana for the first time


Zambia gains independence Kenneth Kaunda becomes Zambia’s first president


Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Ltd (ZCCM) formed


Mopani Copper Mines PLC formed: Tom Dale appointed CEO.


Rupiah Banda becomes Zambia’s Fourth President; Emmanuel Mutati appointed CEO of Mopani Copper Mines PLC


Mopani Copper Mines PLC launches THE MOPANI WAY 10-year plan


Chris Vermeulen appointed CEO of Mopani Copper Mines PLC


Mufulira Henderson Shaft commisioned; Nathan Bullock appointed CEO of Mopani Copper Mines PLC


The New Nkana Synclinorium Concentrator commisioned


Mufulira Copper Mine formed


Mining at Mindola Shaft begins


Zambia nationalises its mines


Zambia re-introduces Multi-Party Democracy: Frederick Chiluba becomes Zambia’s Second President, his liberal economic policy leads to the privatisation of the mines.


Levy Mwanawasa becomes Zambia’s Third President; Tim Henderson appointed CEO of Mopani Copper Mines PLC


Michael Sata becomes Zambia’s Fifth President; Danny Callow appointed CEO of Mopani Copper Mines PLC


Edgar Lungu becomes Zambia’s Sixth President; Johan Jansen appointed CEO of Mopani Copper Mines PLC, Synclinorium Shaft commissioned


Charles Sakanya appointed CEO of Mopani Copper Mines PLC


Hakainde Hichilema becomes Zambia’s Seventh President; ZCCM-IH acquires 100% shareholding in Mopani Copper Mines PLC


IRH acquires 51 percent majority shareholding in Mopani Copper Mines PLC; ZCCM-IH retains 49 percent