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Mufulira is a city in Zambia, in the Copperbelt Province, with 120 516 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2005). It is the fourth largest city in Zambia. It is located 1,300 meters above sea level and is the seat of the administrative district of the same name with 143 930 inhabitants ( 2000 census ).
Mufulira is a transport hub in the center of the copper Copperbelt mining area on the northern border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. 1923, the copper deposits were discovered in 1951 and the first settlement was built around a mine. Today there are in Mufulira the largest underground mining in Africa. Although Mufulira has the richest copper deposits in the political and economic importance, it is but well behind Ndola and Kitwe.
Mufulira has, along with mining ( Glencore International AG, First Quantum Minerals Ltd., ZCCM ) little industry: a copper refinery, technical services and an explosives factory.
Mufulira has about 60 percent unemployment.
There is a notable hotel and catering industry and various primary and secondary schools as well as hospitals that were built and paid for by the mining companies. Next there is a teacher training school and a soil and grain cultivation Research Institute of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries.
The city is the home of the football club Mufulira Wanderers, the multiple Zambian champion.
Sons and daughters of the town
- Kalusha Bwalya, Zambian footballer
- Robert Earnshaw, Welsh footballer
- Mike Harris, Rhodesian race car driver
- Rainford Kalaba, Zambian footballer
- Chris Katongo, Zambian footballer and captain of the Zambian national
- Felix Katongo, Zambian footballer
- Robert John " Mutt" Lange, British music producer
- Levy Mwanawasa, President of Zambia 2002-2008
- Moses Sichone, Zambian footballer