African Copper Plc

African Copper Plc

January 13, 2005 09:00 ET

African Copper Appoints Joseph Hamilton as Director and Chief Operating Officer

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 13, 2005) - African Copper Plc (ACU) (TSX:ACU)(AIM:ACU) announces the
appointment of Mr. Joseph Hamilton as Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Company. In his role, Mr.
Hamilton will supervise all aspects of the Dukwe Copper Project in Botswana, and the surrounding Matsitama
exploration concession. With over 7 years of Capital Markets experience as an Analyst, and 14 years of industry
experience in international exploration and development roles, he brings over 20 years of industry experience to
this position, most recently as the Senior Analyst and Director, Global Precious Metals Research for RBC Capital
Markets, Canada's largest Investment Dealer.

Mr. Hamilton holds a M.Sc. (Applied) degree in Mineral Exploration, is registered as a Professional Geologist
(P.Geo.) and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation (CFA).

Commenting on the appointment, Dave Jones, Chief Executive Officer said:

"Joe's decision to join African Copper comes at an exciting time in the Company's development. Naturally, his
experience and expertise speak for themselves and we're delighted that he has joined the board in addition to
becoming a member of the extremely experienced management team at African Copper."

Notes to Editors

About African Copper - African Copper is an international exploration and mining company listed on the Alternative
Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange under the symbol ACU. The company owns a substantial near
term production copper asset called the Dukwe Project in the Republic of Botswana which is estimated to contain
1.3bln pounds of copper deposited as oxides and sulphides. As well, the company's other interests include the
Matsitama exploration concession adjacent to Dukwe with a project area of just under 4,000 sq km which contains
two known copper deposits and numerous base metal exploration targets.

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