Namibia produces a range of base metals which include zinc, lead, tin and copper. Trevali’s Rosh Pinah Zinc mine produces zinc and lead concentrates and has been in operation since 1969. Special High-Grade Zinc was produced at Vedanta’s Skorpion Zinc mine, until operations were recently suspended due to depletion of the orebody and slope failures which created an unsafe mining environment. Vedanta is currently exploring options to refurbish the refinery at Skorpion zinc and convert it into a toll smelter.
Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb produces blister copper at the Tsumeb smelter, from imported copper concentrates. Namibia also produces LME grade copper cathode from Weatherly Namibia’s Tschudi copper mine.
AfriTin is currently re-developing the old Uis tin mine which resumed small-scale operations in 2019. The company has adopted a phased approach to mine development, and will utilse revenue generated in the first phases for further mine expansion.