Equinox says its Lumwana copper project in Zambia will hit full production of 135,000 tonnes of copper this year. It is stockpiling uranium-bearing ore ahead of a decison whether to build a processing plant.
A trade union has declared a wage dispute with copper mining company Palabora Mining following a second round of wage negotiations.
BHP Billiton says China's commodities demand surges in the last quarter of 2009, but it warned that a removal of a stimulus package there could slow recovery.
Zambia is on track to mine 750,000 tonnes of copper this year and expects to raise output to a million tonnes by 2012.
ZCI is a step closer to re-listing.
Steel producer Higveld Steel and Vanadum has reported a 31.4% increase in its hot metal production.
Diversified mining group Metorex has reported a 32% increase in its December quarter production from its Ruashi Mining operations in Zambia.
Palabora Mining, which operates South Africa's largest copper mine, has reported a drop in copper concentrates produced in 2009.
Zambia copper production rose to 636,528 tonnes from January to November 2009, the central bank said on Tuesday.
The acquisition of base-metals exploration firm, Kiwara by First Quantum Minerals is poised to go ahead after Kiwara's shareholders approved the deal.