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The pioneering South African Mining Company was essentially formed in Cape Town in the mid-1840s to exploit the rich copper resources that were believed to exist in Namaqualand.

Although the existence of copper had first been confirmed by Cape governor Simon van der Stel, in 1685, the profitable exploitation of that copper ore had been impeded for more than a century primarily owing to the harsh conditions and extremely remote location of the copper deposits.

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The pioneering South African Mining Company was essentially formed in Cape Town in the mid-1840s to exploit the rich copper resources that were believed to exist in Namaqualand.

Although the existence of copper had first been confirmed by Cape governor Simon van der Stel, in 1685, the profitable exploitation of that copper ore had been impeded for more than a century primarily owing to the harsh conditions and extremely remote location of the copper deposits.

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