NEWS 2005

 

Diamond drilling in the southerly Bushman areas
- from which the Bushmen get nothing !!!

African Copper Plc : Further Diamond Drill Results From the Dukwe Project

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DECEMBER 7, 2005 - 02:00 ET

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 7, 2005) - African Copper Plc (TSX:ACU)(AIM:ACU)(BSE:African Copper) -

- Diamond drilling over 600 metres of strike extent at Mapanipani North is complete with a resource estimate expected at the end of January. Drilling of the central Mapanipani and the southerly Bushman areas is expected to be completed over the next eight weeks. The first 18 drill holes from the infill diamond drilling programme were reported in a press release dated 30 November, 2005. A further 4 holes are released below, with approximately 20 holes to be released over the next six weeks.

- 3.41% copper over 4.43 metres, 3.47% copper over 2.39 metres and 3.18% copper over 3.65 metres demonstrate vertical continuity of high grade zones within broader intervals of lower grade mineralization at the south end of the Mapanipani North resource area.

- 2.11% copper over 15.40 metres contained within a broader interval of 1.66% copper over 19.67 metres.

- These holes extend mineralization to at least 400 metres of depth over a strike length of 600 metres. To date, intercepts from drilling have ranged from better than 3% copper over lengths from 2 metres to 39 metres within broader packages of mineralization grading better than 1% copper over lengths from 10 to 70 metres. (see Press Release dated Nov 30, 2005).

- Geological continuity of the broad mineralized packages continues to be demonstrated by the current drilling campaign.

African Copper Plc ("African Copper" or the "Company") announces further assay results from its infill diamond drilling programme which is underway on the Dukwe project in Botswana. The drill programme is managed and supervised by RSG Global Pty Ltd; an independent contractor to African Copper. Three discrete areas of mineralization occur within a 2,000 metre strike length: Mapanipani North, Mapanipani and Bushman. Drilling at Mapanipani North has been completed, with the six drills on site now concentrating on resource delineation at the central Mapanipani area.

Results of the Infill Programme

The results for the first 18 drill holes from the Mapanipani North resource area were reported previously. A further four holes are tabulated below. Selected intersections include:

- 3.41% copper over 4.43 metres     - 2.11% copper over 15.40 metres
- 3.47% copper over 2.39 metres     - 1.75% copper over 9.53 metres
- 3.18% copper over 3.65 metres     - 1.65% copper over 14.32 metres
- 3.02% copper over 4.73 metres     - 2.10% copper over 7.70 metres

These intersections are contained within broader mineralized envelopes that typically return 1.07% copper over 30.07 metres, 0.62% copper over 76.16 metres, and 0.71% copper over 37.00 metres.

Joe Hamilton, COO of African Copper commented: "These latest results indicate that the continuity of broad mineralized packages can be traced along the length of the deformation zone. The higher-grade intersections confined within these broad packages continue to show promise for selective mining and processing at almost any selected grade. These results continue to demonstrate the flexibility that is inherent in the Dukwe project from a mining and processing viewpoint."

The present reserves at Dukwe are comprised of oxide and supergene material and are defined as a Probable Reserve of 5.1 million tonnes grading 1.85% copper to a maximum depth of 175 metres below surface. Beneath this reserve lies a further Inferred Resource of 13.0 million tonnes of sulphide material grading 3.85% copper (using 1.5% cut-off and 2 metre minimum mining width). These reserve and resource estimates are contained in a technical report entitled "Technical Report on the Dukwe Copper Project and Matsitama Prospecting Licences Botswana, Africa" dated May 5, 2005 prepared by ACA Howe International Limited (a copy of which is available on SEDAR at www.SEDAR.com or the Company's website at www.africancopper.com).

The current 20,000 metre resource delineation programme commenced in August of this year with over 14,000 metres of diamond core drilling in over 54 holes completed to date. This infill drilling programme is designed to increase the confidence of the resource estimate such that Measured and Indicated Resources can be defined prior to the completion of a feasibility study for the sulphide portion of the orebody. Metallurgical testing has confirmed that oxide, supergene and sulphide material can be recovered through conventional flotation to create a marketable concentrate. Locked Cycle tests are underway with results to be released shortly.

The infill drilling has confirmed the broad geology and styles of mineralization encountered in historic drill holes. The first phase of the current drill programme is designed to cover the 600 metres of the strike extent of Mapanipani North to a depth of approximately 500 metres below surface. The drill holes reported below are generally for the upper portions of the mineralized zone, to a depth of about 400 metres below surface. The Mapanipani North resource area consists of multiple chalcopyrite lenses contained within the breccias and cataclastites of the Bushman Shear zone, a major regional North-South structural tear that defines the western margin of the Matsitama Fold Belt.

The Mapanipani North mineralized zone remains open to the north, and truncated to the south by an oblique post-mineralization fault. Mineralization is characteristically massive to semi-massive to disseminated and associated with quartz-calcite healed breccias. Numerous periods of deformation and mineralization are noted. The current drill program is focussed along a 2,000 metre stretch of the shear zone, but mineralization has been drill tested by previous companies and shown to exist for a further 2,000 metres to the north of the current drill area, and for 1,000 metres to the south.

A table showing the composite assay intervals for the diamond drill holes is attached to this press release. A plan map showing the location of historical holes and these holes is available on the African Copper website at www.africancopper.com. Cross sections of the drill holes reported herein are also available on the website.

Mr. Joseph Hamilton, P.Geo, and Chief Operating Officer of African Copper is a "qualified person" as defined in Canada by NI43-101. This press release has been prepared under Mr. Hamilton's supervision.

African Copper is a tri-listed (AIM, TSX, Botswana Stock Exchange) international exploration and mining company. Six drills are currently on-site completing a sulphide delineation drill programme. African Copper expects to commence construction of a mine at Dukwe in early 2006. The Company's other interests are the 4,000 sq km Matsitama exploration concession adjacent to Dukwe, which contains two known copper deposits and numerous base metal exploration targets. African Copper has approximately 52 million shares outstanding.

Table 1: Composited Assay Intervals
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Hole         Broad Breccia Package         Included Intersections
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No.       From       To    Cu%  Length    From      To    Cu%  Length
           (m)      (m)            (m)     (m)     (m)            (m)
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DW028   329.00   366.00   0.71   37.00  337.92  347.45   1.75    9.53
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                                        350.00  358.10   0.56    8.10
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DW028   378.05   392.15   1.04   14.10  384.03  392.15   1.72    8.12
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DW034   245.24   288.40   0.66   43.16  271.35  273.95   1.28    2.60
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                                        278.67  281.06   3.47    2.39
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DW034   300.26   325.00   0.88   22.14  316.57  321.00   3.41    4.43
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DW034   439.00   452.13   1.02   13.13  444.55  448.20   3.18    3.65
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DW035   180.27   199.94   1.66   19.67  184.54  199.94   2.11   15.40
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DW048   344.66   374.73   1.07   30.07  345.48  359.80   1.65   14.32
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DW048   382.12   389.41   1.99    7.29  382.12  386.85   3.02    4.73
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DW048   445.14   521.30   0.62   76.16  463.00  469.80   1.36    6.80
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                                        483.28  490.40   0.98    7.12
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                                        495.80  497.80   1.22    2.00
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                                        501.80  509.50   2.10    7.70
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Note: The intersections shown in the table above are not true widths since all holes are drilled to the west-northwest and east-southeast with collar inclinations of -55 degrees to -65 degrees into the mineralized zone that dips to the east-southeast at -80 degrees to -90 degrees. Samples of half core are cut and placed into sealed bags on the Dukwe site under the direct supervision of RSG Global Pty Ltd. These are transported weekly by commercial carrier to Johannesburg. All sample preparation and analyses are completed at ALS Chemex laboratories in Johannesburg (ISO 17025 accredited and independent of African Copper and RSG Global). Copper assays are completed using standard preparation of crushing to 70% less than 2 mm followed by splitting and pulverizing to 85% less than 75 micron. Analyses are generally completed utilizing 27 element four-acid ICP-AES in addition to a four-acid ore-grade element digestion followed by ICP-AES. Any overlimit analyses are reanalyzed using an ore-grade four-acid digestion with AA or ICP-AES finish. QA/QC procedures included the submission by RSG Global of systematic duplicates, blanks and both low-grade and high-grade standard samples within the sample batches submitted to ALS Chemex. Control samples comprise 20% of all samples submitted. No referee analysis has yet occurred. The results of the RSG Global QA/QC programme for copper analyses have been reviewed by RSG Global Pty Ltd and Mr. Joseph Hamilton, P.Geo.

This document may contain or refer to forward looking information, including reserve and resource estimates, estimates of future production, exploration and mine development, unit costs, costs of capital projects and timing of commencement of operations and estimates of market conditions, and is based on current expectations that involve a number of business risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from any forward looking statement include, but are not limited to, failure to establish estimated resources and reserves, the grade and recovery of ore which is mined varying from estimates, capital and operating costs varying significantly from estimates, delays in obtaining or failures to obtain required governmental, environmental or other project approvals, inflation, changes in exchange rates, fluctuations in commodity prices, delays in the development of projects and other factors. Forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expected results. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and we assume no responsibility to update them or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances.

Further information about our properties, to download a copy of our Annual Report, any technical report or to access our Press Release Archive please visit www.sedar.com or our website at www.africancopper.com.

The Toronto Stock Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

CONTACT INFORMATION

African Copper Plc
David Jones / Joseph Hamilton
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Numis Securities Limited (NOMAD)
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