The mining site ID: 281
This is the mining site ID 281 in our database that we were assessing and inspecting and one of example of how Start Your Own Gold Mine program may quickly bring about the production of gold within 45 days.
The mining site have three types of discovered gold bearing material:
the overburden soil with eluvial gold particles
the rich gold ore with visible nuggets in quartz
The mining site ID: 281
- Final result of few hours of work
The bench and the improvized table is ready on the mining site for beans and posho (Lugandan language for polenta).
- Preparing the open air table
The open air table is being prepared.
- Workers preparing the improvized wooden table
These workers are preparing the improvized wooden table. The expense of the table is over the expense of the simple plastic table as available in the shops.
- Goldivanti LP purchasing manager in Uganda in front of the storage room
This is our Ugandan purchasing manager, she purchases all connectors, HDPE pipes, hoses, water pumps, pump connectors, and just whatever else is necessary. She managed to send a person to Tanzania and export and import the most necessary equipment.
- One part of our equipment in the storage room
This is one part of our equipment in the storage room. Few suction hoses, a water pump, basins, gold pans, vortex matting and the miners' moss, fine gold sluices, buckets for concentrates and various basic tools.
- Mr. Louis resting after gold recovery
The gold recovery method took several minutes to complete and to run the concentrates to recover some fine gold particles. Mr. Louis is resting in standing position, after longer sitting session.
- The fine gold recovery system as conducted by Mr. Louis
The fine gold system is conducted by Mr. Louis in the shade of the storage and accommodation building. Few buckets, gold pans, classifiers, and super-concentration helps in recovery of the finest gold particles. Both the beach sand and tailing heaps have been proven to contain fine gold and that is the target of the operation on this mining site. The recovery of fine gold in multiple tailing heaps.
- Fine gold recovered after test of the tailing
The fine gold have been recovered after the test of the tailing heaps and beach sand. The beach sand is containing fine gold and mercury together from previous mining operations. People are bringing sand and soil all the time to wash it on the river. Beach contains a lot of fine gold and few nuggets. The tailing heaps contain fine gold and small nuggets as well. This fine gold as shown on the picture have been recovered without any mercury, by using simplest tools for gold prospecting.
- Drink mercury, drink
Not that I wanted this. But it is how it is. Chicken and goats are continously on the mining site and drinking whatever water they find around. This gold pan had black sand particles with gold and mercury smaller than 200 mesh. It was sieves with the 200 mesh sieve. Such fine gold smaller than 200 mesh, including even smaller mercury particles are floating in the water. These chicks are drinking both the fine gold particles floating in the water and mercury particles as well. Mercury is a pollutant…
- The fine gold recovery system
This is our fine gold recovery system. A set of buckets and basins, classifiers, sluices, gold pans. Very simple. We can recover finest gold particles without using mercury. Process is fast and simple and we use the principle and the rule that key to recovery of gold is concentration. So we do that. We concentrate it. First we are concentrating the gold on the fine gold sluice. Then we obtain the concentrates we concentrate the concentrates on a smaller sluice and get very much of the gold in very…
- The tailing heap
This is the tailing heap being processed by the fellow miner on the location. The expected outcome is about 50 grams, up to 100 grams, with the initial expense of just 10 grams and later running expenses.
- The raised operation on the heap
The operation of tailing processing is raised so that hammer crusher is placed on the top of the heap and sluices down. The second sluice have too much of the slope and also very turbulent water flow that simply looses a lot of gold. 1-2 grams of gold lost per day makes a lot of money on the end of the month.
- Find out where is the assaying sluice...
On this picture one may observe the flow of the processed tailing, and there is one small assaying sluice capturing the fine gold particles. Try to find out where it is. Do you see it?…
- The tailing heap after re-processing
These tailing heaps are ending on the location just nearby the river thus polluting the area with the mercury particles. River is fully polluted, cows are drinking the same water and mercury is slowly transported to human bodies.
- Miners' moss and the turbulent water flow
Miners are using this type of a setup with two sluices after the hammer crusher. That is for the reason that the crusher cannot easily be stopped and started again, so they close one of the outputs to clean the carpet on one side while the other one is still running. Miners' moss is incorrectly set, the water flow is turbulent, and expanded metal is missing to push the gold particles quickly down into the carpets. A simple test have revealed that a lot of gold is being lost, just as much as one would…
- The "Wett Mill" or locally made hammer crusher and processing of tailing
This is "wet mill" or locally made hammer crusher that breaks each in a while. The maintenance expenses may be alone 3,500,000 Ugs. (Ugandan shillings) per month. The hammers are constantly replaced and the machine once running cannot be easily turned off. It mills rocks just for a certain percentage, large amount of pebbles and rocks come out as not well done.
- The open pit after the work of the excavator
This open pit was run and dug by excavator in last three days and people are trying to reach the gold bearing rocks. They actually reached it, only lack the knowledge of prospecting to continually verify the material and lack the equipment to process it. There is often more work than necessary which increases the expenses. Sometimes just 10 bags of materials are discarded and 22 grams of gold found. But the process of transport of the material is stopped, and delayed by long time of such verification.
- Little wet...
It was raining, so we are wet for a while.
- Rain on the mining site
During the rain we can still test the surface sand for existence of gold, and if not, we can collect black-sands.
- During the rain
The rain is falling down as fast as possible. We have to wait until it is over.
- Collecting black sand
The black sand is collected not always for reasons of having concentrates.
- Ndaiga trading center
These are shops and stands in Ndaiga trading center.
- Ndaiga in the morning
The view from Ndaiga trading center in the morning of December 2017.
- Equipment brough to mining site
The HDPE pipes of 150 meters are brought to the mining site, together with the production sluice and other gold prospecting equipment. The purpose of the project is to improve the mining site and have a complete production line.
- Loading 150 meter of 2 inch HDPE pipe onto the pick-up truck
The 2 inch HDPE or High Density Polyethylene pipe of 150 meter is loaded onto the truck for water supply on the mining site. Even though we do not know quite at this moment if it will give us correct water pressure, we simply need to try it out.
- Moving the stuff to the mining site
The basic stuff and prospecting tools including the large production sluice are moved to the mining site.
- When nothing works, push it
Guys are pushing to pick-up vehicle to start it.
- Some mining equipment is loaded onto the pick-up truck
We are loading some of the mining equipment on the pick-up truck and moving near the mining site.
- Moving from Busia to Ndaiga, Uganda
We are moving from this nice house in Busia to Ndaiga for work on the mining site.
- Simple improvized wooden table
Improvized wooden desks or tables are easily made and can be used on mining site. For some reason local carpenters are harder to understand what means "improvized", and they always tend to make "beautiful" desks.
- Mr. Louis just before food poisoning event
Something is wrong, one may see it, it is soon happening, food poisoning and night without sleeps. Few hydrochlorid pills and paracetamol helped me later.
- Purchasing manager arranging kitchen stuff for the mining site
Our purchasing manager Aling is arranging kitchen stuff for the mining site. Pots, frying pans, tellers, cups, forks and spoons, stoves and similar is required for work and living on the mining site.
- Baboons along the road in Busitema forest in Uganda
These baboons are walking along the road in Busitema forest in Uganda often fed by travelers with some food. We do not advise feeding baboons on the road as that creates their habits and changes their life style. Food is there enough.
- Baboons in the Busitema forest in Uganda
Here again, few baboons are on the road in Busitema forest in Uganda, near Busia.
- Work on the open pit
Miners are working on the open pit in Uganda. Rich gold ore have been identified and need to be reached once again. Excavating activities require better planning. This mining site was not managed by our company at the time of creation of this picture.
- Neglected water hoses
These water hoses are pretty neglected and harder to maintain. We will use the HDPE or High Density Polyethylene pipes of two inches which are more robust, and will have less resistance in transferring the water from one place to other. Polyethylene is a lightweight thermoplastic used especially in packaging and insulation, while thermoplastic is a material that softens when heated and hardens again when cooled.
- Neglected water hoses
These water hoses are seriously neglected and in bad shape. Trucks are moving over the hoses, and people are trying to repair it all over again and again. We do not want to implement these blue soft hoses in our operation of processing of the gold bearing tailing heaps. Rather we will use the HDPE or High Density Polyethylene pipes of two inches which are more robust, and will have less resistance in transferring the water from one place to other. Polyethylene is a lightweight thermoplastic used…
- Mr. Louis and purchasing manager walking to the open pit
Mr. Louis and his purchasing manager are moving to the open pit. In background one may see a small building made out of metallic sheets. That is the future headquarter on the mining site.
- The view from our new base
This is the view from our new base for purpose of processing of tailing in Busia, Uganda. New base is directly in the village and not far from the working place. Two rooms apartment is about US $27.46 per month.
- Possible accommodation nearby the mining sites
This is how possible accommodation look like in the village nearby the mining site.
- Miners working on the open pit
These miners are doing their best to reach the rich gold ore on this open pit. They are excavating the soil in the hope to reach the hard rock. Pieces of rocks as overburden are found in the clay, silt and soft soil. They contain much gold, even few grams in few pieces of rocks. The mining site was not managed by our company at the time when this picture was taken.
- The path to the open pit is blocked with the excavated soil
Due to the lack of planning of excavation and movement of material, the path to the open pit is blocked with the excavated soil. For any long term business it is advisable that mining engineers properly plan the excavating activities. This mining site is not or was not managed by our company at the time of making this picture.
- Work on the open pit
Some rich gold ore have been found in this open pit. Miners are doing their best to reach the reef. Overburden rocks are found and identified being very rich in gold. This mining site is no organized by our company. We are organizing the processing of the tailings on nearest location.
- Gold prospecting on the open pit
Artisanal miners and Mr. Louis are prospecting for gold on this open pit. Water splash may be seen that is coming from the water pump which priming cover was opened for some reason. The pressure from the raised hose is bringing water to come out of the pump down-there. Very rich gold ore has been found little deeper in this open pit.
- Water source for tailing processing
Any water source may be used for processing of the tailings. Such is this entrance to the nearest river where branch of water was excavated so that distance is shortened. Water pumps work better on shorter distances.
- Kete-kete or stealing of the ore in Uganda
Local artisanal miners at least in this area have some bad habits of stealing ores and tailings from mining site owners. They are named kete-kete. It is advised never to steal ores from a fellow miner and to enter joint ventures and partnerships. Working together is much better than having bad blood between each other.
- Mr. Louis advising the mining site owner about gold panning methods
The mining site owner is being advised about proper gold panning methods. Knowledge is free and application of the knowledge is producing results. As on this day we have found other precious metal in the rocks available on this mining site. The type and value of the metal yet has to be identified.
- With mud covered foot
Obviously the soil looks like a German milk chocolate.
- Mr. Jean Louis prospecting on the open pit
I was teaching miners how to use "Testio" which is Swahili word from Tanzania for the small black metallic gold pan that Tanzanian artisanal miners use to prospect for gold in rocks. Sadly that technology is not known in this part of Uganda. Miners did learn something, and need more training to start implementing the methods properly. They were advised to use the mortar and pestle and frequently check for gold in various rocks and the soil excavated.
- Prospecting for gold on the open pit
On this day at least 10 people were working and prospecting for gold on this open pit. Difficulties are numerous. Very rich gold ore is down there not far from those miners on the picture. Such rich gold ore contains several grams of gold in just few handful of rocks. There are reasons why people are after it.
- Discharge of rudimentary ball mill
This is rudimentary ball mill as used in Uganda and Tanzania and some surrounding countries. It is locally welded and in Swahili also known as "calasher", in English "crusher". It is batch ball mill. It discharges after 45 minutes. The opening have to be replaced with the screen as you can see on this video for material to come out. In our program Start Your Own Gold Mine we are not using this type of ball mills.
- River Okame, source of water
This source of water is good enough to process tonnes and tonnes of material.
- The day of work is not yet over for Mr. Louis
After this picture Mr. Louis have arranged another location for minining with the person who transported him back to town and who is producing 3 to 20 grams per day.
- Panorama of the nature in Uganda
Beautiful nature around me.
- Discharge of rudimentary ball mill
This is rudimentary ball mill also well known as calasher (english crusher) in Swahili language. The ball mills run in batches of about 45 minutes. Once the batch of milling have been finished the cover is replaced with the screen with holes so that powder material may run out.
- Children working on the mining site
This condition have started to be handled today. I have advised the mineral processing site holder to get rid of children as it is forbidden by the Employment Act 2006 of Uganda, including multiple warnings have been issued by local government commissioners. Current management is unable to change the conditions. In case we obtain control over the mining site, we will change this condition within one hour and by using one guard with the baton.
- Land for sale in Uganda
People often sell their lands in Uganda.
- View from streets of Busia, Uganda
This is how the town Busia in Uganda looks like. Not quite different is the town of Busia in Kenya few hundred meters far.
- Measuring the screen sheets to make one out of the two
They are measuring two sheets in order to make one. The screens are connected so that they may be taken apart again depending of the needs or other sluices we may build locally. The screen size of 1/8" have been selected with the purpose to handle tailing heaps around the mining sites.
- Straightening the metal screens
Here the boys are straightening the metal screen with 1/8" opening. We are using the material we have on hand. Even if I would like to buy the full sheet with such screen size, those are non existent in the area. We have imported the screens from other countries. The keey to proper gold ore washing is screening or classification of material. Having evenly distributed sizes of particles in the sluice is bringing the best results.
- Rubber strings for gold washing sluice
Rubber strings may be used to support the gold washing sluice to make the operation static. Instead, metal clamps may be used, by they were not obtainable in the city.
- Wooden boards purchasing
Wooden boards being purchased for the purpose of construction of supportive elements for the gold washing sluice.
- Carpenter choosing proper wooden boards
Carpenter is choosing proper wooden boards for the hopper box. It is going to be heavy. We will keep it at the mining site. The transport of the hopper box to the work place is just about 100 meters.
- Screens waiting at the carpenter
The screens that we have connected together are waiting with the carpenter for the hopper box to be constructed. It takes about one day to have the box ready. It will be used to feed the tailing into the sluice.
- Next step is carpenter
After screens have been connected we are bringing them to the carpenter to construct the hopper box. The simple materials available locally can be used to construct pretty powerful gold washing sluices.
- Screws are used to connect these screens together
Screws are used to connect the screens together.
- Screens being connected together
Screens are connected together.
- Screens are being connected together
For feeding of about 5-6 tonnes per hour, these two screens have to be connected together. They are not welded. Screws are used for connection. Screens may be then later reused in other operations.
- The screen with 1/8" openings
This is the screen destined to process tailings. The openings are 1/8 of an inch. One cannot use any type of screen for any type of material. Each material or ore or tailing have to be inspected to determine the particle sizes. Based on the analysis proper screens and classifiers have to be used to increase the recovery percentage.
- The screen opening is not more than 1/8"
This screen has openings of 1/8" which is proper for the type of tailing it is going to handle. Proper classification is necessary before letting the material be concentrated on the gold washing sluice. It increases the gold recovery.
- Two people are straightening the screen with hands
Two people here are straightening the screen with hands.
- The screen or classifier being straightened by metal worker
We have got few screens and two of them being straightened by hand by local metal worker. Screens are then connected together and the job is done in about 15 minutes.
- Preparing orange juice
After soem work I was drinking an organge juice here directly on the street, as prepared by the mother that was selling fruits. In Uganda.
- Rubber strings for static operation
Rubber strings may be used instead of clamps to make the operation of a gold washing sluice static and firm. Rubber strings may hold sluices on wooden boards and allow all the parts to be assembled and disassembled in just few minutes.
- Plumbing parts and glue
The plumbing parts and glue are purchased to create the spraying pipes that wash the material that is to be processed after showering. In general, the quantity of material being washed shall not be more than 30% in relation to the water quantity being sprayed. Thus an average gasoline pump that may bring even 80 cubic meter of water per hour may process 20 to 30 cubic meters of material which is usually equivalent to more than 20 or more than 30 cubic meter of sand or powdered material. Thus such…
- Wooden boards purchased for gold washing sluices
These wooden boards were purchased for gold washing sluices in Uganda. They are used to create supporting construction for the gold recovery plant.
- Wooden boards for gold washing sluices
Simple gold washing sluices need not much of supporting construction. Few wooden boards and wooden stands may be just enough to process tonnes of ores per day on a sluice.
- Clamp as made locally by metal technicians
This type of clamp and metal bending tool is made locally by metal technicians in Uganda. Metal workers do not have access to modern tools like in other countries.Many times they are forced to make their own tools.
- Two wooden goats
These two wooden goats are used as improvised legs of the table.
- The wooden goat view from top
This is view from the top onto the wooden goat.
- Wooden goats
Wooden goats are used to support heavier wooden boards or sluices.
- Wooden goat being transported to headquarter
This wooden goat have been made for purposes on the mining site and is now being transported to our headquarter straight from carpenter.
- Beans for lunch
I like beans on the mining site, that was nicely made by one of the guys.
- Sleeping and storage rooms on the mining site
These are sleeping and storage rooms on the mining site.
- Miners searching for rich gold ore
These miners are searching for rich gold ore in this shaft.
- Water pond for processing of gold concentrates
This water pond was used to process gold concentrates and is polluted with poisonous and dangerous mercury.
- Water pond to handle material
There is enough water held in the artificial pond so that material can be washed and handled, processed so that gold may be recovered.
- Children feeding the gold washing sluice in Uganda
These children are feeding the gold washing sluice. They shall not be there, and we will need to make re-organization on the mining site.
- Injury on the mining site
When handling the machinery one engages in all kinds of dangers, including to get own fingers cut away. This finger is still in place, yet it is heavily injured.
- Hoses for water pumps
These hoses for water pumps may be used in the project of handling the tailing heaps.
- Water pumps
Water pumps in the storage room are not held in the best condition.
- Mortar and pestle for rock sampling
This is locally made mortar and pestle for rock crushing. It is very well made and usable for field assaying.
- Heaps of tailing in background
One may see few heaps of tailing in background.
- Heaps of tailing in background
There are numerous visible heaps of tailings in the background.
- Muchomo is barbecue that we get offered on the road
Muchomo is a tasty barbecue that we get offered on the road. This is one of the reasons why Ugandan people like traveling.
- Waiting in the traffic jam
The traffic jam…
- Drive around the exploration license
All the land visible on the side of the road belongs to the area of the exploration license of one of our local partners in Uganda.
- Review of the open pit in June, 2017
We are reviewing the open pit in June, 2017…
- Gold particles in the gold pan
Visible gold particles in the gold pan.
- Rich gold ore
This is rich gold ore that contains about 2 kilograms of gold in 3 trucks of 10 tonnes. This type of ore shows visible nuggets and may contain in just 10 kilograms 5 grams of gold. On the same gold reef a hundred meter far from this location 3 trucks of ore have yielded with 2 kilograms of gold.
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