- February 26th 2020, Transport of gold mining equipment over the river
- February 26th 2020, The view on the valley nearby the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
- February 26th 2020, Very slippery road on the way to the gold mining site
- February 26th 2020, We had to somehow conquer the muddy slippery road
- February 26th 2020, Muddy soil on the road is making difficulties for our truck
- February 26th 2020, Difficulties short before the arrival to the mining site
- February 26th 2020, The road to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
There are many lodges for gorilla safari on the road to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
- February 26th 2020, Hills in Kisoro district, Uganda
- February 26th 2020, Arrival to mining site
The travel was long, about 500 kilometers to the mining site.
- February 26th 2020, Preparing the cabin for life and business
- February 26th 2020, Apprentice in the program Start Your Own Gold Mine
Work at the cabin.
- February 26th 2020, Apprentice in the program Start Your Own Gold Mine
The apprentice from Nigeria is coping very well with the orientation in the camp area.
- February 26th 2020, The cabin on the mining site
One can see the cabin on the mining site, used for accommodation and storage. Shelves are used to stow more equipment in a nice manner.
- February 26th 2020, Transport of grizzly bars over the timber bridge
Workers transporting grizzly bars over the river.
- February 26th 2020, supervisor Gaetano on mining site
Gaetano is mining site supervisor, skilled in gold, diamonds and jewellery production.
- Apprentice and client from Italy in the program Start Your Own Gold Mine
Our clients who participate on ground are apprentices in the program Start Your Own Gold Mine, they learn so many things. Representatives of clients on ground are also apprentices including close executives.
- February 26th 2020, supervisor Gaetano before the final move to the mining site
It requires guts for doing what we are doing. Mine site supervisor Gaetano is seemingly enjoying the time before the final transfer of equipment to the mining site.
- February 26th 2020, equipment transport over the timber bridge
You may observe the timber bridge over the river Rohezanyinda. Our people have transported all heavy equipment pieces without problem over the very risky timber bridge.
- The Elephant Bee Hive Project in Katojo, Rubuguri, district of Kisoro, Uganda
The Elephant Bee Hive Project was the idea to place the beehives as a natural and live fence to deter elephants not to exit the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This way, people's crops could be saved. However, the idea is not practical, as many beehives were abandoned first by their bees, and second by their maintainers, the project is not functional, and requires skilled people to work. We have made our own Elephant Defense Project and have informed people that they could plant chilli pepper around the crops to deter elephants, further, we informed rangers of the Uganda Wild Life Authority that they could bringing elephants' dung from other places of the forest to deter them to exit the forest in the night. The implementation alone requires funding and investments. We can provide only the advice.
- The day of travel to mining site
On this day we travelled to the new mining site, that is the area of Rubuguri in the district of Kisoro in Uganda. The suspension was in the air due to the road conditions and safety. We did arrive safe and well.
- Jackfruit, jack tree or fene, locally fenesi fruit in Entebbe, Uganda, April 12th 2017
This is jackfruit or jack tree or fenne, locally named fenesi, in Entebbe, Uganda. Delicious fruit that everybody likes.
- The trucks for sale in Entebbe, Uganda, April 12th 2017
These trucks were for sale in Entebbe, Uganda, in 2017, discovered during the VMTRADE market research.
- Uganda Wildlife Education Centre Pointer, April 12th 2017
This was the Uganda Wildelife Education Center pointer begin of 2017. later in time they reworked it.
- Beautiful fountaine at Imperial Mall in Entebbe, Uganda, April 12th 2017
This is beautiful fountain by Imperial Mall in Entebbe, Uganda.
- Eatable flower in Entebbe, Uganda, April 12th 2017
This is eatable flower in Entebbe, Uganda.
- Beautiful hair like tree flower in Entebbe, Uganda, April 12th 2017
This is beautiful hair-like flower on the tree in Entebbe, Uganda. If one comes from Europe where we cannot see this type of flowers, we may think that it comes from other planet.
- Kampala Taxi Park with huge number of public taxis as of April 10th 2017
- Kampala Taxi Park as of April 10th 2017
## April 10th 2017 This is Kampala Taxi Park.
- Prospecting Check Report Example from Busia, Uganda
This is Prospecting Check Report near the area of Busia, Uganda. Every gold panning check is reported on the paper. That is how we collect the knowledge into the database.
- Gold particles in the gold pan, from river Okame, Busia, Uganda
These are gold particles found on the beach of river Okame, near Busia, Uganda, as compared to the known coin size.
- Children swimming on the river Okame, near Busia, Uganda
Children are swimming in the river Okame, Busia, Uganda. This river is polluted by mercury from various spills of soil contaminated with it by mining operations. Uganda, as of 2019, still does not have any system or legal enforcements to contain the mercury.
- One gold particle found in river Okame, Busia, Uganda
The one fine gold particle was found in river Okame, Busia, Uganda. The top soil does not contain much gold.
- The gold panning with the Garrett Super Sluice on river Okame, Busia, Uganda
Mr. Wabwire, our sluice operator is gold panning with the Garrett Super Sluice on river Okame, Busia, Uganda…
- Wabwire gold panning on river Okame, Busia, Uganda
This is Wabwire, our staff member and sluice operator, here on the picture he is gold panning on the river Okame, Busia, Uganda.
- One pan prospecting volume
The one pan prospecting volume is shown on this picture. This is Garrett Backpacker Pan filled with soil. When this exact gold pan is filled little bit below its hole on the side, the volume is just about 1.2 liters. By knowing the specific density of the soil, and by knowing the volume and actual gold prospecting results, we may know if the recoverable gold is profitable in the soil. That is field laboratory.
- Gold prospecting on river Okame, Busia, Uganda
The river Okame does not have the exposed bedrock, yet it carries gold particles from overburden soil, and from tailings that are constantly spilled into the river. It also accrues the mercury waste from mining activities. Basic gold prospecting practice can be done on the river.
- Gold nuggets on the hand
These are small gold nuggets directly from mother lode in Busia, Uganda.
- The engine for rudimentary ball mill in Uganda, East Africa
This is the engine used for rudimentary ball mill in Uganda, East Africa.
- Rudimentary ball mill or "crusher" in Uganda
This is rudimentary ball mill or "crusher" in Uganda, it is used for primary crushing and final milling. Capacity is only 100 kg per hour.
- Rudimentary ball mill in Busia, Uganda
This is rudimentary ball mill in Busia, Uganda. People tend to use very big balls inside for the reason that they do not use primary crushing properly. Thus big ball helps that rocks get crushed. No liners are used and such rudimentary ball mills are broken each in a while, they don't last in operation longer than just few months when they need to get repaired. Dusty environment and improper maintenance contribute to low efficiency. The capacity is maximum 100 kg per hour.
- Rolex, the favorite food for many in Uganda, rolled chapati with eggs, that is Rolex
Rolex is favorite food for many in Uganda. Rolled chapati with eggs makes a Rolex!…
- The bodaboda ride in Entebbe, Uganda
This is ride on bodaboda, the motorcycle in Entebbe, Uganda.
- The view on the bed in Barconi hotel, Entebbe, Uganda
This is how the room and the bed looks like in Barconi Hotel, Entebbe, Uganda.
- Barconi Hotel, Entebbe, Uganda
This is Barconi hotel in Entebbe, Uganda.
- Quick bodaboda transfer of stuff in Entebbe, Uganda
Bodaboda people are motorcycle riders, and bodaboda is motorcycle. They transport everything, from luggage to beds and coffins with dead bodies. Bodaboda transport is always available everywhere in East Africa.
- Bus station in Busia, Uganda
This is the bus station in Busia town, Uganda.
- Chapati preparation on streets of Busia, Uganda
This is how Ugandan chapati is being prepared directly on the street. It is very tasty food especially when hungry and there is nothing else around.
- Truck moving the ores to mineral processing place
This is how it looks like, the road is dusty, trucks are bringing ores to mineral processing places.
- Driving through Busia city in Uganda
This is Busia city and we are driving along the road.
- Truck full of ore on its way to processing
This is small truck full of ore, we think it is loaded with about 2 tonnes of ore. It is called "one trip". One trip may contain from 0.50-1 grams to 4-5 grams of ore, if the ore have been taken from surface or represents overburden. If it is primary ore, it may contain 5-20 grams of gold and more.
- Popular Mining Encyclopedia of Action Mining arrived to Uganda
The Popular Mining Encyclopedia as issued by Action Mining, finally arrived to Uganda. I had to push the postman to go by motorcycle to Tororo city, and come to Busia, so that I can get the encyclopedia into my hands. It contains such powerful information and plans for gold mining and recovery equipment.
- Jean Louis in Busia
I am fetching money from the ATM machine in Busia, that was nice hot day before my departure to Europe.
- Your best weapon against terrorism
Your eyes are your best weapon against terrorism. Watch out, if you see anything suspicious report to authorities in Uganda.
- The warning issued in Busia, Uganda
This is one of the warnings that we can find in offices in Busia, Uganda where authorities are warning against bombs.
- Visit to SAMA Syanyonja Artisan Miners' Association in Busia, Uganda
This picture have been made few days after my visit to SAMA Syanyonja Artisan Miners' Alliance and demonstration mine promoting fairtrade gold, in association with EWAD and Fairtrade, where they state that they do not employ children in their mine.
- Fancy insect passing over
This is nice fancy insect passing over. Is it going to convert to butterfly? We do not know. I just know I like it.
- Children in Uganda
These children we met playing on the mining site. That sounds dangerous and it is. Yet we cannot control families and their children and mining site was not under our control. We did warn them to take care and be careful. They liked our visit.
- The excavated open pit
This is excavated open pit that was explored by artisanal miners some years before. Small number of miners are still working in this area and recovering gold every day. Majority of them abandoned the sites and went to new gold rush locations.
- Mr. Louis in front of the open pit
The open pit behind me is possible gold mining opportunity that we may explore in soonest future.
- Previous mining locations
On these locations many artisanal miners have previously recovered gold and lived from it. Today many are still there even though the majority of miners abandoned the place and went somewhere else. So is the gold rush in Uganda.
- Dirty feet
Those are my dirty feet and shoes in Uganda.
- Travel to prospecting location in Uganda
This is picture of our travel today on 15th January 2018 to the new prospecting and prospective location. On such new location we have gold mining opportunity to obtain new ores and process it. The location was occupied by artisanal miners before some years.
- Preparation of rudimentary sluice for ore processing in Uganda
This is rudimentary sluice that is being prepared by our neighboring miners. In my opinion this type of the sluice is way to wide, not evenly balanced, with too steep slopes, and too high to load it with the ores. We cannot recommend small scaler miners and artisanal miners to make this type of sluices. That is inefficient as it requires much energy, material will not be evenly spread and gold would be lost.
- Mr. Okedi collecting concentrates from looped carpets
Looped carpets or miners' moss or 3M Nomad type of a carpets are used to efficiently recover gold larger than 50 mesh, gold nuggets, flakes and larger gold. On the end of the day and multiple times of day, concentrates are collected from such carpets.
- Mr. Louis doing practical field assay of gold
Mr. Louis is doing here practical field assay of gold content in some soil. Similar method may be used to concentrate gold from the operation and to determine how much was recovered.
- Magnified flat gold nugget in the gold pan
This is magnified and flat gold nugget in the pan. It is probably flat due to the previous ball mill processing, it was smashed and became flat.
- Small nuggets recovered
Small flat nuggets are also found in concentrates and recovered by using super-concentration and simple gold panning methods.
- Mercury gold and mercury ball in the gold pan
This is how it looks like when many gold particles are connected or amalgamated together with mercury. Miners used mercury in recovery of gold, and lost it in heaps of tailings. We are recovering both the mercury and the gold from such tailings, without using new mercury or introducing new mercury in the process.
- The mercury gold once again
This is mercury gold once again shown in the gold pan after fine gold concentration process. We do not use mercury, we recover it as side effect.
- Mercury recovered from concentrates
Instead of nice yellow gold, our gold looks as silver like, as it is mixed with mercury. Heaps of tailings are polluted with mercury and our recovery is such that we cannot see it yellow any more unless it is either microscopic, as such could not be connected to mercury or too large as nugget, as such also did not connect to mercury.
- The fine gold recovery system
This is fine gold recovery system that helps us concentrate all the gold smaller than 50 mesh.
- Gold is recovered in form of mercury
Heaps of tailings are polluted by mercury from previous mining operation. We are recovering mercury as well with the gold, and later dispose safely with the pollutant. Mercury is not used in our operation. We recover mercury from nature.
- Fine gold recovery system
This is fine gold recovery systems, we are using the genious methods invented by smart microscopist from Oregon for purposes of mercury free gold recovery.
- Concentrate is being processed
Mr. Louis is processing the remaining concentrates and process is fast. It is possible to process multiple buckets of concentrates after work, and to get to the fine gold within 15 minutes.
- The gold recovery system
This is view from my working place on the gold recovery system for all gold smaller than 50 mesh, down to 5 microns. This fine gold can be recovered, totally without using mercury and by using simplest set theory in mathematics applied practically. Many people make a question how a set theory may be applied practically, and that is exactly how our gold recovery system works, by using the set theory and by removing those parts of material not containing or containing gold.
- Buckets of concentrate are today processed for gold
The buckets of concentrate are today processed for gold. In general, our bulk of concentrate is not large. These many buckets contain various particle sizes and types of gold, and help in sorting out what we were doing. We can then determine which heap of tailing was better productive.
- Children panning for gold on mining site
These children are panning for gold on mining site in a dangerous and polluted environment. Each heap of tailings is polluted with mercury. Children are in constant contact with mercury while playing and working on the mining site. We do not endorse such activities. This is report from neighboring sites where we do not have control.
- Heaps of tailings being milled again and processed
These heaps of tailings are being milled again with the rudimentary locally made hammer crusher that runs in wet mode. The material is then processed on small looped carpet sluices. The hammer crusher is spending about 25,000 Ugs. per day on hammers alone, which is about US $6.95.
- Buckets of concentrate on the end of the day
The buckets of concentrates are collected on the end of the day. The picture is dark for that reason that it was evening without light.
- Mercury coated gold have silver color
This is mercury coated gold, and it has a shiny silver color.
- Gold nuggets magnified in the gold pan
These gold nuggets are magnified 10x in the gold pan.
- Types of gold nuggets recovered
Here are small gold nuggets recovered in concentrate of today.
- Type of small gold nuggets we are recovering
This is one type of small gold nuggets we are recovering from heaps of tailings in Uganda.
- Coarse gold or smallest gold nuggets are found
In the previous concentrate we found multiple nuggets of 1-4 millimeter mostly of flake shape due to ball hammering them flat in ball mills.
- Dish wash to settle finest gold particles down from the surface of water
The dish wash is used to settle finest gold particles down into the water as they may float and go out during the gold panning verification.
- Mr. Louis filling the drum of water
The drum is filled with water for the verification of gold collection in 2 hours of work. We are making scientific yet practical and field measurements of gold recovery.
- Purchasing manager verifying gold particles on the sluice
Purchasing manager is verifying the gold particles on the sluice.
- Mr. Louis in front of the heap of tailings
This heap of tailings was processed as of the day of publishing of this picture.
- Small heap of tailings
This heap of tailings is being processed as of the day of publishing this image.
- Mr. Louis with tailings heaps in background
Tailings are visible in background, heaps of tailings to be processed with our fine gold recovery sluices.
- Tailings in background
One may see many tailings heaps in background. Each of them contains fine gold.
- Tailings heaps in background on mineral processing site
One may see people working on this mineral processing site with tailings heaps in background. Well, those are ours. We process those heaps.
- Mr. Okedi feeding the sluice
Mr. Okedi is feeding the sluice here, few cubic meters have been handled within 5 hours of work.
- The nugget in comparison to my finger
This gold nugget is small and may be seen here in comparison to my finger. It was recovered by using special matting. Multiple nuggets were recovered, many of them coated with mercury in silver color and many of them as pure gold.
- Gold nugget of 2-3 mm under magnification
This small gold nugget has size of 2-3 millimeter, and is magnified for 10x by using the jeweler's loupe and a simple mobile phone camera. It was recovered by using special matting on our sluice in Uganda.
- Fine gold particles
These fine gold particles appear silver like color on this picture, but they were in fact yellow. When magnified under the lack of the light, the mobile phone is giving somehow distorted image.
- Preparing the sluice for work
Mr. Louis is here preparing the sluice for work. Some key details are not shown on the picture, and are rather revealed to clients in the Start Your Own Gold Mine program. This is testing sluice whereby we are testing the capability to recover gold by at least 98% and where we are determining what else need to be improved for the actual sluice to be constructed.
- The sluice setup on January 11th 2018
This is our sluice setup on January 11th 2018. We are definitely able to recover gold nuggets and fine gold particles.
- Administration before the daily work
We always have administrative tasks to do, before, during and after the work. We record, measure, notify, obtain receipts, demand signatures, and do whatever necessary administration tasks.
- Concentrate collection
On the end of the day, concentrate is collected and retained for further concentration and final gold recovery.
Call Communication and Reporting Officer I/C of Start Your Own Gold Mine company in Tanzania, Mrs. Happiness Njela, on +255626100000
If you wish to call mentor Mr. Jean Louis for anything relating to Start Your Own Gold Mine simply call the number or on mobile devices click on this phone number +256771843538 to get immediately in touch, regardless of the time zone.
Current location of Mentor to Start Your Own Gold Mine
I am Mr. Jean Louis, mentor for Start Your Own Gold Mine program and I am currently located near the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in district of Kisoro in Uganda. I am managing teams of people in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania on distance and exploration and gold mining face to face. We are also promoting our Tanzanite gemstone inventory.
You will need either to contact me or Communication and Reporting Officer I/C and geologist, Mrs. Happiness Njela in Tanzania as described.
Contact us to Start Your Own Gold Mine. There is a simple rule at Start Your Own Gold Mine: if we can help you, we do, whenever and wherever necessary, and it's the way we've been doing business since 2002, and the only way we know