Africa’s iron ore production is dominated by South Africa (38.1 Mt in 2003 and the world’s 8th largest producer), Mauritania (10 Mt per year) and Algeria (2.3 Mt per year). Zimbabwe and Morocco produce minor amounts mainly for domestic consumption. Angola has significant iron ore potential with the possible reopening of the large Cassinga mine, depending on the security situation in the country. The development of the million ton Nimba iron ore deposit in Guinea hinges upon stability of this region, in particular Liberia whose port facilities would be used for export.
Most of Africa’s iron ore producers are operated and controlled by the State. South Africa’s Kumba Resources (Iscor Ltd’s unbundled mining arm) is an exception being Africa’s largest iron ore producer, producing iron from two opencast operations, Sishen and Thabazimbi in South Africa. Kumba also has other iron ore interests in Australia as well as heavy mineral sand projects in Mozambique and an operational zinc mine in Namibia.
Zimbabwe Iron and Steel Company (ZISCO) The iron and steel parastatal of Zimbabwe continued its upgrade to its steelworks in Redcliff, Zimbabwe; with raw feed no longer coming from the old Buchwa opencast operation.
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