Copper Empire: Mining and the Colonial State in Northern by Larry Butler

By Larry Butler

This can be a examine of the evolving courting among the British colonial country and the copper mining in Northern Rhodesia, from the early phases of improvement to decolonization, encompassing melancholy, wartime mobilization and basic adjustments within the nature and context of colonial rule. It explores the very important significance of Northern Rhodesian copper to British fiscal and strategic pursuits, and to Britain's bold post-war plans to combine its principal African territories. one of the key topics addressed are modern debates at the possession of mineral assets and at the colonial state's accountability to advertise and keep an eye on mining improvement and the wealth it generated.

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109 The Company’s close interest in the government’s proposals was understandable, given Chartered’s ownership of the territory’s mineral rights, and its involvement as a substantial shareholder in the mining industry. In protracted discussions, the Company’s representatives focussed on Clause 28. As the leaseholder of Northern Rhodesia’s minerals, it was the Company, not the government, which granted the location holders the right to work any minerals. The BSAC objected that Clause 28, whose provisions it claimed would be unique to Northern Rhodesia, interfered with the Company’s right, giving the government confiscatory powers over private property.

61 The Treasury eventually vetoed government funding for a British refinery. 62 Cost eventually proved decisive. By early 1933, it had been calculated that a refinery built in Britain would cost nearly £706,800, whereas a plant in Northern Rhodesia would cost approximately £415,000, the difference largely being due to the relative cheapness of African labour. The Rhokana Corporation would find £130,000 of this, and seek the remainder from the Colonial Development Fund. The corporation stressed the added attraction that 80 per cent of the expenditure on this development would be within the Empire.

62 Cost eventually proved decisive. By early 1933, it had been calculated that a refinery built in Britain would cost nearly £706,800, whereas a plant in Northern Rhodesia would cost approximately £415,000, the difference largely being due to the relative cheapness of African labour. The Rhokana Corporation would find £130,000 of this, and seek the remainder from the Colonial Development Fund. The corporation stressed the added attraction that 80 per cent of the expenditure on this development would be within the Empire.

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