Mufulira Copper Mines Ltd

Mufulira Copper Mines Ltd


Exploitation of the Mufulira property began in 1929 but was severely handicapped by the financial depression. Early in February, 1930, the Rhodesian Selection Trust, the British South Africa Company and the Bwana Mkubwa company agreed to sell the Mufulira Special Grant to Mufulira Copper Mines Ltd which incorporated 2nd March, 1930.

As a further measure to reduce the immediate capital and at the same time increase the efficiency by unifying the management, the Rhodesia Selection Trust decided that as of 1st December, 1930, all its properties in the Nkana concession would be transferred to the new company. The Rhodesian Selection Trust then became an investment holding company with approximately two-thirds interest in Mufulira Copper Mines Ltd.

By 1937, Mufulira began smelting.

In 1964 when Zambia achieved independence, there came a major switch in the structure of Zambia’s economy. The government declared its intention to acquire equity holdings (usually 51% or more) in a number of key foreign-owned firms. The Mufulira mine became state owned, eventually coming under the control of the Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Ltd  (ZCCM).

In 2000, Mopani Copper Mines Plc worked on the acquisition and privatisation of the Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Ltd assets at Mufulira and Nkana mine.


  • The Northern Rhodesia Copperbelt 1899-1962 – Francis L. Coleman
  • James Gavin
  • Walter Herdzik
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Umzingwane District


Bushtick Mine was a gold mining operation established by the British South Africa Company in the 1920’s. The mine was a substantial producer of gold and was initially thought to be part of a significant deposit of precious metal in the area but this did not prove to be the case. It thrived during the period 1932 to 1947, peaking in 1938, and closing down in 1951.

After the mine was closed, its facilities were to become the basis of Falcon College, a higher education level school for boys aged 12-18.

Frederick Courtney Selous, the noted scout, hunter, conservationist and adventurer, had his farm nearby.

Post Office

  • 1911.03.31 – Telegraph Office
  • 1921.00.00 – Reduced from a Money and Telegraph Office to a Post and Telegraph Agency.
  • 1935.00.00 – Re-opened as a Postal Agency.
  • 1948.00.00 – Postal Agency under Essexvale.
  • 1911.03.31 – By cart to Bushtick Siding, then by rail.


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Mines: 495 – Form 1

Form 1


  • Date of Issue: November, 1904
  • Order No.: 495
  • Printer: 
  • Quantity:
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Mines: 669 – Form 12

Form 12


  • Date of Issue: 1910
  • Order No.: 669
  • Printer: 
  • Quantity: 20,000
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Mines: Certificate of Protection

Certificate of Protection


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Mines: Form 15 – Certificate of Transfer

Certificate of Transfer

Form 15

The holder of any mining claim was able to apply to the Mining Commissioner to transfer the holding to another party. The duty was £1 per £100 of the sale price.

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Mines: Form 12 – New Certificate of Register after Transfer

New Certificate of Register after Transfer

Form 12


Once a holder transferred a holding to another party, the new holder needed to apply for a new certificate of registration. Gold reef holdings attracted a 5/- duty.

Printing Order


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