In 2012, South Africa produced 80 000 tonnes of copper but export permit applications were lodged for 119 000 tonnes of the metal that year. This year, these figures for up to June were 60 000 and 92 000 tonnes respectively. According to Evert Swanepoel of the Copper Development Association Africa, underlying and in fact driving this ongoing increase in copper theft is a lack of adequate control on the export of this metal. As of last year, copper dealers are required to register in terms of the Second Hand Goods Act but very few have complied so far… (more)

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