Palabora Mining Company (PMC) owes its origin to the unique formation known as the Palabora Igneous Complex. Nowhere else is copper known to occur in carbonatites as is the case at Palabora.
Palabora Copper (Pty) Limited, a subsidiary of Palabora Mining Company Ltd,is a copper mine that also operates a Smelter and Refinery complex based in the town of Phalaborwa, in South Africa's Limpopo Province. The mine owes its origins to a unique rock formation in the region known as the Palabora Igneous Complex.
Located directly adjacent to the world-renowned eco-tourism attraction, the Kruger National Park, Palabora coordinates several onsite wildlife management and cultural heritage programmes as part of its ongoing sustainability drive.
The company was owned and managed by Rio Tinto. Rio Tinto owned 57.7% and Anglo American had 16.8% of the shares. On 5 September 2012, the two companies announced their intention to sell their respective interests in Palabora.