Mining site ID: 281
This is series of pages with pictures and videos on a mining site ID 281 in our database where we are conducting small scale mining operation.
- Storage with the gold concentrate
This is the storage with the gold concentrate. That is the subproduct of gold mining. First all concentrates may be stored in such buckets until the point of time when all concentrate is concentrated again and again until we get pure gold out. This production is conducted by our company GOLDIVANTI GOLD LIMITED in Uganda.
- 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.
- Busia by night
Busia town nearby the supermarkets.
- Review of the open pit in June, 2017
We are reviewing the open pit in June, 2017…
- Poor scooping of crushed ores with gold under the rock crusher
The worker is trying to scoop material from ground that was discharged from a rock crusher. Gold is lost in the process and his method of scooping is not efficient.
- Mining site and mineral processing place ID: 281
This is mineral processing place in Uganda where we started with research and production in 2017.
- Too steep slopes of the open pit
They are excavating open pit where it is believed there is gold. The excavator is making too steep slopes in my opinion and is not moving material correctly away from an open pit. It will tend to fall down.
- Water source on the land licensed for exploration purposes
The water source as seen here may be used for prospecting and exploration purposes on the land with the exploration license in Uganda.
- Miners prospecting for gold
Miners on the river…
- Miners on the river prospecting for gold
Miners are prospecting the soil that is arriving from benches for gold particles.
- Prospecting on river Okame in Uganda
Miners prospecting on the river Okame in Uganda.
- Miners on the river
Miners are prospecting on the river.
- Mr. Louis prospecting on river
Miners are on the river prospecting for gold the soil that is running from the hills down to the river.
- Local miners
Miners are moving to the river.
- Moving to the river
Local miners are moving to the river for prospecting of gold.
- Mr. Louis and local miners
Local miners are going with Mr. Louis to the river for prospecting.
- Mr. Louis leading people to the river
Miners and farmers are all together with us in the prospecting efforts.
- Prospecting in Uganda
We are moving to the river for prospecting.
- Talking with local farmers and miners
Local miners and farmers are listening to our conversation with the exploration leader.
- Water source
- Water source
- Other water source
This is other river and water source on the land licensed for exploration.
- Water source near exploration land
This is one of water sources near the land licensed for exploration.
- Classifying and gold panning in Uganda
Mr. Louis is classifying the material and panning for gold.
- Gold panning in Uganda
People are gold panning in Uganda, searching for gold in the soil samples, including in the stream soil.
- Gold panning on the stream
Mr. Louis is panning for gold on the stream…
- Looking for gold particles
- Mr. Louis gold panning soil samples in Uganda
Mr. Louis is gold panning for some gold particles to verify the existence of gold on the mining site.
- Mr. Louis assaying the soil on the stream
Mr. Louis is assaying the soil on the stream to find the gold particles.
- Child on mining site
Child may be seen on the mining site…
- Miners loading the truck
Miners are loading the truck with the crushed material to transport it to the 10 meter distant sluice. That is inefficient handling of material. Best would be to have both machines to each other and that after crushing the material directly flows to the sluice.
- Loading the truck with material
Miners are loading the truck with material. The truck is then transporting just 10 meters to the sluice which was made to be fixed. This is inefficient and has to be changed.
- Gunia or bag material as used in washing gold particles in Uganda
These bags are named "gunia" in Swahili and are used to wash gold particles. It is not as efficient as much of gold is passing through on the ground.
- The screen has to be cleaned
This screen is used on the rudimentary sluice and has to be cleaned from time to time.
- Inefficient screen
- Screen on the sluice
The screen was hand made and is not as efficient.
- Not efficient screen on the sluice
This screen is not as efficient, it is how miners construct it for work.
- Material is being loaded into the truck
As it is seen on other video, the material is being loaded on the truck with such bad conditions and dangers for health with all the powder in the air. Loading to the truck has the only purpose to bring it to the 10 meter distant sluice, instead of brining machines together and avoid such transportation.
- The mineral processing site and truck
This is mineral processing site and very inefficient process of handling materials.
- River Okame
- River Okame, water source
This is river Okame, water source as very important for miners in the area.
- Person processing soil on the river Okame in Uganda
This person is processing tailing on the river Okame in Uganda.
- Person processing soil on the river Okame
- Nature and poor water source
One may see beautiful nature in background and poor water source used for prospecting.
- Miners processing tailing in Uganda
These miners are processing tailing in Uganda.
- Prospecting in Uganda
Local prospectors are using very rudimentary tools to extract gold and may gain 3-5 grams per day. Mr. Louis is observing their process.
- Prospecting in Uganda
Miners are prospecting for gold in Uganda and trying to get some gold out of the tailing and soil they obtained from mining processes.
- Mr. Louis consulting with local prospectors
Local prospectors are using very rudimentary tools to extract gold and may gain 3-5 grams per day.
- Mr. Louis with open pit in background
The open pit in background contains rich gold ore.
- Open pit with rich gold ore
This open pit contains underwater access to the rich gold ore.
- Carpets used to capture gold
These carpets are used to capture gold particles on the sluice.
- Carpets used on the sluice to capture gold
These carpets are very similar to what is already known as miners' moss and they are used to capture gold particles.
- Miner scooping the crushed material
Miner scooping the crushed material from ground.
- House in Busia, Uganda
A house in Busia, Uganda…
- Tiira trading center
We have arrived to Tiira trading center.
- Trading shops in Busia
This is how trading shops look like in Busia, Uganda.
- Petroleum station in Busia
This is simple petroleum station in Busia, Uganda.
- Mr. Jean Louis in Busia
Mr. Jean Louis in Busia, during travel from Busia to Tiira in Uganda.
- Travel from Busia to Tiira
Buildings on our travel from Busia to Tiira in Uganda.
- Truck and building on the site
During the Preliminary Site Assessment and Inspection we are assessing all available resources such as buildings, trucks, equipment, water sources and similar.
- Building on the site
The building is in good shape and may be used for accommodation.
- Tent on the mining site
This tent is also available on the mining site. It looks poor, I like when it looks nicer.
- Mud building on the site
This is traditional mud building on the mining site.
- Directors in Uganda
Directors in Uganda are conducting Preliminary Site Assessment and Inspection on multiple mining sites.
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