African Copper Plc
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African Copper Plc

March 24, 2006 02:00 ET

African Copper Plc: Dukwe Drilling At Mapanipani Returns More High-Grade Intersections

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - March 24, 2006) - African Copper Plc (TSX:ACU)(AIM:ACU)(BSE:African Copper) -

- Drilling at the Dukwe project continues to show high-grade pockets of mineralisation contained within the broad breccia package. Results from a further 6 drill holes from the central Mapanipani zones are reported in Table 1.

- 5.15% copper over 6.90 metres and 3.23% copper over 10.13 metres contained within a larger intersection of 1.56% copper over 61.69 metres.

- 4.03% copper over 4.10 metres contained within 1.08% copper over 48.50 metres

- These results continue to demonstrate the geological continuity of broad mineralized zones, which has now been traced by the current drilling for 1,600 metres of strike extent.

- Mineralization is similar to that encountered further north, with narrow high-grade sections occurring throughout the broad breccia package.

The Dukwe deposit is known to exist over a strike length of 4,370 metres in five separately named sections which are continuous along strike except for slight displacements along post-mineral faults. The current 30,000+ metre delineation diamond drilling programme is focusing on three of these sections covering a 2,000 metre strike length: Mapanipani North, Mapanipani and Bushman. The drill programme is being managed and supervised by RSG Global Pty Ltd., an independent contractor to African Copper Plc ("African Copper" or the "Company"). Metallurgical testing has confirmed that oxide, supergene and sulphide material can be recovered through conventional flotation to create a marketable concentrate (see press release dated 21 February 2006).

The central Mapanipani zone has shown intersections of further high-grade mineralization at a vertical depth between 325 metres and 375 metres. Drilling intersected 5.15% copper over 6.90 metres and 3.23% copper over 10.13 metres contained within a larger intersection of 1.56% copper over 61.69 metres. Approximately 120 metres to the south of this intersection, a drill hole returned 4.03% copper over 4.10 metres contained within 1.08% copper over 48.50 metres. These results continue to demonstrate the semi-massive nature of mineralization that is contained within the broader, lower grade breccia package. This mineralization remains open to depth.

The summary results for the delineation drillholes reported are shown in the table below. Location plan maps and cross sections are available on our website at www.africancopper.com.



Table 1: Delineation Drill Holes
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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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DW008 287.70 333.40 0.28 45.70 314.15 317.55 1.33 3.40
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DW008 335.16 382.11 0.27 46.95 356.70 359.85 0.65 3.15
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DW012 254.00 302.50 1.08 48.50 266.10 271.28 2.59 5.18
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284.90 289.00 4.03 4.10
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291.50 297.82 1.71 6.32
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DW013B 448.90 481.90 0.52 33.00 465.23 473.36 1.25 8.13
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DW014 292.55 355.00 0.66 62.45 297.54 301.50 1.23 3.96
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313.50 315.56 2.09 2.06
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323.50 329.05 1.69 5.55
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337.00 344.00 1.66 7.00
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DW015 392.41 454.10 1.56 61.69 407.60 414.50 5.15 6.90
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422.50 424.62 5.43 2.12
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435.20 445.33 3.23 10.13
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DW015 485.90 494.11 0.23 8.21 - - - -
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DW019 621.66 652.50 0.22 30.84 637.30 640.42 1.19 3.12
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Note: The intersection widths shown in the table above are not true widths since the holes were drilled to the west-northwest into a near vertical zone. Samples of half core were placed into sealed bags by RSG Global Pty Ltd. personnel at the Dukwe site and transported 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). Copper assays were completed using standard preparation of crushing to 70% less than 2 mm followed by splitting and pulverizing to 85% less than 75 micron. Analyses were generally completed utilizing 27 element four-acid ore-grade ICP-AES. QA/QC procedures included the submission of systematic duplicates, blanks and both low-grade and high-grade standard samples within the sample batches submitted to ALS Chemex. Control samples comprised 20% of all samples submitted. No referee analysis has yet occurred. The results of the QA/QC programme for copper and silver analyses have been reviewed by RSG Global Pty Ltd.

Mr. Joseph Hamilton, P.Geo., and Chief Operating Officer of African Copper, is a "qualified person" as defined in Canada by National Instrument 43-101. This press release has been prepared under Mr. Hamilton's supervision. Mr. Hamilton has verified the data disclosed in this press release including the sampling, analytical and test data underlying the information.

African Copper is a tri-listed (AIM, TSX, Botswana Stock Exchange) international exploration company. The Company's other interests are the 4,000 sq km Matsitama exploration concession adjacent to Dukwe, which contains the Thakadu-Makala deposits in addition to a further 9 high priority drill-ready targets and 35 lower priority targets. A technical report on the Dukwe Project and Matsitama Concession (which is dated 5 May 2005 and entitled "Technical Report on the Dukwe Copper Project and Matsitama Prospecting Licences Botswana, Africa) is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. African Copper has approximately 52 million shares outstanding.

This document may contain or refer to forward looking information, including resource estimates and development plans, 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, changes in equity markets, 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, except as may be required by applicable securities laws, 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.

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