How to start your own gold mine
- Infographics for Preliminary Site Assessment and Inspection
This is infographics for Preliminary Site Assessment and Inspection that we conduct before making the decision to enter the partnership with mining site holder or license holder in Tanzania, Uganda or other countries where Start Your Own Gold Mine program is available. Mr. Jean Louis and the team are inspecting the mining site for its living and working resources, previous gold mining activities, and preparation of future mining site development.
- Miha Team Infographics and chief planner Mr. Mihael Vidas
This is infographics for Mihael Vidas and his Miha Team and the chief planner and introducer of business opportunities that helped to create the program Start Your Own Gold Mine as devised by GOLDIVANTI LP and Mr. Jean Louis. Mihael Vidas is a gemstone enthusiast and partner in business Tanzanite Apollo in Mirerani, Tanzania for gemstone trade and polishing and gold mining team leader for Miha Team within Start Your Own Gold Mine.
- Excavator digging soil from the stream
The excavator is digging soil from the stream in Croatia. Gold prospecting in winter time with Mr. Vidas.
- Meanwhile in Croatia, Mr. Vidas and Mr. Louis hiring companies to construct rock mills
We are here hiring companies to construct rock mills for the program Start Your Own Gold Mine in Tanzania and in Uganda. The series of rock mills are to be constructed and problem is to be solved once for ever.
- Mr. Mihael Vidas is the enthusiast for gold prospecting and gemstones
Mr. Vidas Mihael is our executive associate from Novska, Croatia. He has helped me, Jean Louis, to find the opportunities in Africa. Here on this picture we are searching for gold in the hills of Croatia.
- Meanwhile in Croatia, prospecting for gold
While our people are working in Uganda, we are prospecting for gold directly in Croatia on the quarry field and in joint attempt with the quarry owner.
- This is the pulley as used on our impact mills
This is pulley made in the workshop in Novska, Croatia. It is used to run the impact chain flail rock mill.
- The drum for the impact mill
This is the drum and hardened chains shown on picture.
- Our main workshop to produce gold mining equipment is in Croatia
This is our main workshop for 2018 for construction of gold mining equipment. It is located in Novska, Croatia. Mining equipment is transported by ship from Croatia to Tanzania or Uganda.
- Turner preparing the cover
This is turner machine that is used to prepare the covers for impact chain flail rock mills.
- The drum for impact chain flail rock mill
These drums are steel pipes cut in pieces to serve for construction of impact chain flail rock mills that are giving us the result of milled material of 50 mesh and smaller.
- Plan for the foundation of the impact chain flail rock mill
This is the plan on how to make a foundation for the impact chain flail rock mill. The rock mills we are using in the last step of rock processing.
- The rock crusher or impact chain flail rock mill
This is the view from above on the impact chain flail rock mill.
- Impact chain flail rock mill from behind
This is the impact chain flail rock mill from behind. It offers the opportunity to crush and mill up to 1000 lbs of rocks per hour.
- The screens of the impact chain flail mill
These are the screens as shown from inside of the impact chain flail rock mill.
- One of best crushers or rock mills also known as Beast
This is the rock mill or crusher, the impact chain flail mill for rocks and perfect for small scale mining. This type of crushers is able to process 1000 lbs per hour when properly fed, or half of it when fed more relaxed. It is good for an entry into the small scale mining and is used in the program Start Your Own Gold Mine.
- Back home through the flooded area
After the purchase of two jaw crushers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, we are moving back home through the flooded area in Croatia near Jasenovac.
- We went to Bosnian place Radesici to buy a jaw crusher, but there was no bridge to pass over
There was no bridge to pass over the river in Radešići near Banja Vrućica in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We are purchasing rock crushers.
- The test of the jaw crusher
This is how hard rocks are crushed with the jaw crusher Ashdaia (Bosnian aždaja). It can handle tens of tonnes of rocks per hour.
- The jaw crusher in work
This is our jaw crusher Ashdaia (Bosnian Aždaja) in work and in process. We will be handling tens of tonnes of rocks per hour by using this crusher.
- Mr. Louis verifying the working jaw crusher before the purchase
This is our Ashdaia crusher (Aždaja) and it means in Bosnian language dragon. So we are testing how it is crushing harder stones, and watching how it works. It may handle several tens of tonnes of rocks per hour without problems. That is our promising crusher for small scale gold mining business in Tanzania and in Uganda.
- The jaw crusher from the side
This is our Aždaja (Ashdaia or dragon) jaw crusher that we have bought in Bosnia and Herzegovina in Europe. The jaw crusher is to be working in Tanzania and/or Uganda on our gold mining locations. It can handle tens of tonnes of rocks per hour.
- Mr. Louis standing on the jaw crusher
This is the jaw crusher that may handle tens of tonnes of rocks per hour, and that is one of our main resources to handle the rock ores, for us and for our clients in the program Start Your Own Gold Mine. That is what we call privileged benefit for those clients who are entering the program with US $22,000. Those clients who are entering into the program with US $66,000 we provide such jaw crushers and other rock processing equipment in full.
- The jaw crusher Ashdaia
This is our jaw crusher Ashdaia which will be refurbished, nicely painted, protected for the years of work to come. It may handle tens of tonnes of rocks per hour. It is good choice for gold ore processing.
- The wheel of Ashdaia jaw crusher
This is the moving and rotating wheel of the Ashdaia (Aždaja in Bosnian) jaw crusher. It is going to handle tens of tonnes of hard rocks per hour.
- The jaws of the jaw crusher
Here are the jaws of the jaw crusher Crocodile. Some improvements have been made to bring the smooth rocks down the jaws to be "eaten". We may need or not these improvements, yet we are going to handle tens of tonnes of rocks by using this crusher. These jaws are made out of manganese. Manganese, Mn, atomic number 25 -- a hard brittle grey polyvalent metallic element that resembles iron but is not magnetic; used in making steel; occurs in many minerals.
- Parts of jaw crusher in good shape
These are the parts of the jaw crusher Crocodile which may be observed to be in a good shape. There is little to be broken here. The materials are hard and almost indestructible. We estimate tens of tonnes of rocks to be crusher per hour once we move it to Tanzania and/or Uganda where we have our small scale gold mining businesses. And we are opening new businesses.
- The wheel of the jaw crusher
This is one of the heavy wheels of a jaw crusher that is large enough to handle tens of tonnes of rocks per hour. This crusher have been produced by former Yugoslavian company FAGRAM from the city of Smederevo in the today's Serbia. It is durable. It has good quality materials. And it has been built to last.
- Jaw crushers for rocks and gold bearing ore used in program to Start Your Own Gold Mine
We are presenting our work related to jaw crushers for hard rock gold bearing ores as they are wanted, purchased, and used in the program Start Your Own Gold Mine in Tanzania or in Uganda or otherwise used by our company GOLDIVANTI LP or GOLDIVANTI GOLD LIMITED in Uganda. The jaw is made usually of hard manganese enhanced plates and strong inertia forces. The hard rock crushing capacity is usually nothing less than 10 tonnes of hard rock per hour. Such rock crushing capacity gives the opportunity to produce even several hundreds of pure grams of gold per day if not half a kilogram or kilogram of gold. As a primary crusher, after the jaw crusher one need to use the rock milling machines.
- 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.
- Miners working on the sluice
Miners are handling the first tailings heaps on this mining site.
- Women and people panning for gold nearby our tailings heaps
These women and men are panning for gold just nearby our tailings heaps. They may obtain per day of panning from 0.1 to 0.3 grams of gold, or sometimes more. It helps them live the life.
- Mining and mineral processing site
This is our mining and mineral processing site where we have agreement to process all the tailings heaps.
- Miners feeding the sluice
Sluice is fed by miners by the rate of 132 shovels per hour where average shovel is about 8 kilograms, amounting to little bit more than one tonne per hour. In the first stage, slow water pressure and low slope is applied to review how much of gold is retained and what gold is eventually being lost. Once capability have been attained, the slope is increasing up to the tolerated degree, and water pressure is increased. Up to 6-8 tonnes per hour may then be handled in the second stage.
- Concentrate on the vortex matting
This is vortex matting, enlarged. Concentrate is under the surface of these particles, including several small gold nuggets.
- Mr. Louis by the sluice
This is Mr. Louis, preparing small details for the fine gold recovery sluice. Gold particles are so small that cannot be seen by naked eyes.
- Water pump is debugged
The water pump could not pull the water on 2-3 meters. We found out that pressure was disturbed too weak connection of the suction hose. Within few minutes it was repaired and water pump engaged.
- Our purchasing manager on the site
This is our purchasing manager in Uganda, she handles a lot of accounting, facilitates with suppliers, makes sure that things are running smoothly.
- Quick and improvized sluice ready for work
This is quick and improvized sluice ready for work and handling of the tailings heaps.
- Preparing the elevation for sluices
Mr. Okedi is preparing the elevation for the sluice hopper.
- Old welding clamps used for carpentry
This type of welding clamps may be used for carpentry and are generally useful to clamp the prospecting equipment, such as sluices together.
- Using welding clamps for carpentry
These welding clamps may be used for simple carpentry as one can see it.
- Preparation of the HDPE pipes
The HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) pipe is prepared on the mining site for the sluice run.
- Gold particles on the rock
This magnification of 10x shows gold particles of 3-4 millimeter on the rock that also contains some iron or black sand.
- Repairing the wooden goat
Those wooden goats were made of low quality timber. Not made to last, but to be light and to endure the improvization stage. We had to repair this one.
- The old abandoned rudimentary ball mill drum
This is old and abandoned rudimentary ball mill drum on the mining site. One may see how it was repaired multiple times. We suspect gold inside, left for those who know where to search for it.
- Black sand after classification
Black sand has been classified and is now in the bucket.
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