How to start your own gold mine
- Mr. Okedi prospecting for gold on the open pit near Amonikakinei, Tiira, Busia, Uganda
Here is Mr. Okedi, he is prospecting for the gold at the open pit near Amonikakinei, Tiira, Busia, Uganda.
- Gold particles compared to known coin size
The gold particles are compared to the known coin size or one piece of the meter tape, so that we may get the visual sense to what gold have been found. One particle of very fine gold does not justify the operation to process such soil.
- Gold prospecting on open pit near Amonikakinei, Tiira, Busia, Uganda
People in background are trying to reach the rich gold pockets at bottom of this open pit. Our people and team at front is verifying the overburden soil for existence and presence of gold. Sadly, few particles of fine gold do not justify the gravitational operation.
- Gold prospecting on the open pit, Amonikakinei, Tiira, Busia, Uganda
The gold prospecting on the open pit was taking place begin of February 2019 by our company GOLDIVANTI GOLD LIMITED in Uganda. The overburden soil was verified for gold presence, several times and several days. The presence of gold is sure. But the profitability is not tdetermined. People in background are searching for rich gold pockets and such are found few times per each few months or one time per year. However, the overbuden soil cannot be processed for profits. We have made the verification…
- Dejan visiting SAMA, the Syanyonja artisanal miners organization
Mr. Dejan Vidojković have visited at begin of February 2019, the SAMA, Syanyonja artisanal mining organization.
- 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.
- Near the mining site #281 in Busia, Uganda
This open pit is very near the mining site #281 in our database, in area of Busia, Uganda. This open pit yields with rich gold pockets every few months.
- Mr. Dejan Vidojković at mining site #281 in Uganda
On the right side one may see our Organization Executive Secretary I/C, as of 2018/2019, Mr. Dejan Vidojković.
- 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!…
- Gold Panning is Easy, by Roy Lagal and Metal Detecting by Garrett
The Gold Panning is Easy, by Roy Lagal and Metal Detecting videos by Garrett company are essential for every gold prospector anywhere in the world.
- Seven pairs of walkie-talkies to Start Your Own Gold Mine
The seven pairs of walkie-talkies for adventurers attending the Start Your Own Gold Mine program have been brought to East Africa in January 2019. We always use walkie-talkies on mining sites. Mobile phones and networks are so much unavailable at remote locations. Walkie-talkies are indispensable.
- 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.
- Dejan departing to Vienna for flight to Uganda, East Africa
This is from January 25th 2019, Mr. Dejan is departing to Vienna, Austria, to catch the next flight to Uganda, East Africa. Various prospecting and lapidary equipment in weight of 23 kilograms is stuffed into the luggage.
- Dejan in Graz city, Austria, preparing to travel to Vienna
Dejan is preparing to move to Vienna, from Graz, Austria. As the next booked flight for East Africa departed from Vienna, Austria.
- Gold particles found
These white dots are actually yellow gold particles found in the soil from river Drava, Croatia. They appear white on the picture as camera could not setup its lightning correctly. The result of gold panning is to find the gold, and Mr. Dejan did find it.
- Gold panning in the middle of room
This is the evidence that gold panning may be practiced in the middle of the room. You need to have appropriately sized water containers and basins, gold pans, and it will work. This is Dejan, our Organization Executive Secretary I/C as of end of 2018, while learning gold panning methods.
- Mr. Dejan learning gold panning
To learn gold panning may be simple for some people, and it may be as complicated as hell for some other people. Some people need 20 minutes, some people require 20 days. Mr. Dejan is learning fast on this picture and he has got all the basics within short time. The perfection comes with practice on the ground in East Africa and with the actual gold recovery.
- Mr. Dejan Vidojković, on his first prospecting expedition
This is Mr. Dejan Vidojković on his first gold prospecting expedition in Croatia, Europe. He is seen at the location with soil sampling auger. The first attempt and Dejan did find the gold particles. This is no coincidence.
- Mr. Dejan Vidojković, Organization Executive Secretary I/C/ for Start Your Own Gold Mine in East Africa
Mr. Dejan Vidojković is Organization Executive Secretary I/C for Start Your Own Gold Mine in East Africa, since 2018. His first gold prospecting expedition was in Croatia, end of 2018. With his first gold panning experiences he found the first gold particles. Few weeks thereafter Mr. Dejan was recovering gold from mercury contaminated gold concentrates in Busia, Uganda. On February 26th 2019, he moved to Kenya to establish additional several locations of work for our business and for adventurers from other countries.
- Now exiting to Indian ocean by night
The Indian ocean is right there, but we had to ask for permission to exit out into the beach in Mombasa, Kenya.
- Mr. Louis in the swimming pool in Talentos beach, Mombasa, Tanzania
We have just arrived to Kenya and organized the accommodation in Talentos Beach, in Mombasa, Kenya. I could not wait and used the opportunity to swim in the pool. I cannot wait coming back to Talentos Beach in Mombasa.
- View of Kilimanjaro near Arusha, Tanzania on our travel to Kenya
The Kilimanjaro volcano could be seen directly from our car on our travel to Kenya in October 2017.
- Tanzanite gemstones in Arusha, Tanzania
Back from August 2017 to October 2017, we have established the business of Tanzanite trade and polishing in Mirerani, Tanzania. This was our last day in Arusha, before our travel to Kenya in October 2017. Tanzanite Apollo company is located in Mirerani, Tanzania, the source of Tanzanite gemstone. It provides wholesale of Tanzanite and other gemstones to the world. You may find more about it on https://www.tanzaniteapollo.com…
- Elephant decoration on a wall near Arusha, Tanzania, on our travel to Kenya in October 2017
The elephant decoration is on the walls of a hotel near Arusha, Tanzania, on our travel to Kenya.
- Rhinoceros decoration near Arusha, Tanzania, on our travel to Kenya
This is rhinoceros as decorated on the wall of a hotel near Arusha, Tanzania, on our travel to Kenya in October 2017.
- Lion picture near Arusha, Tanzania, on our travel to Kenya, in October 2017
This is lion picture as decorated on the wall of a hotel near Arusha, on our travel to Kenya in October 2017.
- African Buffalo decoration in Tanzania, just before moving to Kenya
We found these on the walls of a hotel near Arusha, just before moving to Kenya in October 2017.
- Leopard decoration in Tanzania, just before moving to Kenya
This is leopard in Tanzania, near Arusha, just shortly before moving to Kenya in October 2017.
- Start Your Own Gold Mine Limited company in Kenya, since 2018
Start Your Own Gold Mine Limited company is active in Kenya since 2018. Due to previous research and connections to valuable partners, and the avialable gold mining opportunities in Kenya, the decision to open up new business in Kenya was met in 2018. The roots of this decision go back to the year 2012, when we have first time met Mr. Mihael Vidas who first time invited us to Kenya for gold trade purposes. Today, the business program Start Your Own Gold Mine and mercury free gold recovery courses are legally provided in Kenya for local and foreign investors.
- Driving in Geita, Tanzania
October 30th 2012, somewhere in Geita region, Tanzania We don't know where this really was, but video shows the conditions on streets in some of smaller towns.
- Geita town and region in Tanzania
These pages will show our experiences, travels and information about the Geita town and around the mining sites near Geita in Tanzania.
- Falcon in Hotel Tilapia, Mwanza, Tanzania
October 20th 2012, Hotel Tilapia, Mwanza, Tanzania, Location: http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=18/-2.528553/32.895481 We were wondering why we cannot see any pigeons in Mwanza, Tanzania. Town is full of falcons. Any smaller bird appearing is eaten by falcons. Be careful with your food in restaurants, if falcons see it, at your first turn they will snatch it.
- Leverage with mortar and pestle to crush larger rocks
This is one way on how to easier crush larger rocks during sampling process. The leverage may be used to raise the mortar and crush the rocks in the pestle. Even child of 12 years can handle the leverage and help in such operation. We don't employ children. This is was our neighbor in Mwanza who helped to make this movie.
- Our first mining camp in 2012
December 23rd 2012, Mgusu hills, Geita, Tanzania This is our first mining camp in Tanzania. And there is the generator that is used to charge the multiple phones of our staff members. The first gold mining operation was financed by investment of our company GOLDIVANTI LP.
- Mercury in miner's pan
December 23rd 2012, Mgusu hills, Geita, Tanzania Miner is demonstrating mercury in the pan. Mercury is dangerous and poisonous substance that shall be avoided by all means. Countries worldwide have agreed to eradicate mercury by the Minamat Convention. We do not endorse mercury in gold recovery. We use only mercury free gold recovery methods.
- Mihaio's torch, Mgusu hills, Tanzania
December 25th 2012 Mgusu Hills Tanzania Our friend Mihaio is demonstrating us how he had to improvize and make the torch. He used the alluminum paper from cigarette boxes as wires to connect the battires, and some rubber stripes to keep it all together. The torch works and he was daily using it in deep mining shafts.
- Mining camp in Mgusu hills, Geita, Tanzania
December 26th 2012 Mgusu Hills Tanzania The video quality is bad, but not much is left from that time, due to loss of data. The video shows the shade and people talking in front of our accommodation at the mining camp in Mgusu Hills, Geita, Tanzania.
- View on construction of miners' house
January 10th 2013 Mgusu Hills Tanzania The expense of this house was just about US $100. This was the first location as run by investment of GOLDIVANTI LP company.
- View on construction of the miners' house
January 10th 2013 Mgusu Hills Tanzania This is the miners' house and view on the construction of it.
- Mining Camp, Tips and Tricks
On these pages we are demonstrating various solutions for mining camp, tips and tricks of living in a camp, dangers, safety and security, various metnality in East African countries where the Start Your Own Gold Mine program is conducted. In Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya.
- Water tanks loaded into the truck
January 1st 2013, Mwanza, Tanzania Water tanks are loaded into the truck. This truck was rented and the drivers said that everything is fine, so we can move on. Later during the night, we found out that springs were not quite alright, and that the truck had to be replaced for the equipment to arrive to the elevated location at the hill.
- Our departing point from Geita
This is our departing point from Geita to mining sites. This is the place where we purchase our remaining stuff, such as medicine in pharmacies, some food, supplies, there is hardware shop and post office around.
- From Mwanza, via Kigongo to Busisi by fair
January 9th 2013, Kigongo and Busisi, Tanzania This is the view just before the arrival of the ferry from Mwanza, over Kigongo to Busisi, towards Geita, Tanzania. The video cannot describe the beauty of Tanzanian nature.
- Small equipment for mining site
Date: January 8st 2013, Mwanza, Tanzania Small equipment have been prepared and transported to the mining site.
- Matresses and stuff for the mining site
Date: January 8st 2013, Mwanza, Tanzania These mattresses and the stuff have been moved to the mining site for our miners.
- Waking up the pharmacist in Geita, Tanzania
Date: January 26th 2013 in Geita, Tanzania When you need malaria medicine, always make sure to wake up the pharmacist...
- Picture of fine gold in the gold pan
This is fine gold in the pan.
- Fine gold is seen in the gold pan
This is fine gold as seen in the experiment.
- The fine gold after recovery experiment
This is fine gold after the recovery experiment.
- Fine gold in the gold pan after experiment
The fine gold is seen in the gold pan after the experiment.
- Fine gold recovered after panning
This is fine gold as recovered after panning one small quantity of crushed and milled ores. The quantity is equal to the volume of the Garrett Backpacker pan, which is about 1.2 litres or 0.0012 cubic meters or 1200 cubic centimetres.
- Gold recovered in the gold pan
The gold shown on this picture have been recovered from crushed and milled ore sample. It is very rich material and very profitable. This many particles of gold have been recovered from one small Garrett Backpacker pan full of material.
- Gold recovered in the gold pan
On this picture one can see the gold as separated on the upper part of the gold pan and with the black sand on the bottom. This is proof that mercury free gold recovery methods can easily be applied everywhere in East Africa.
- The field assay going on
This is the controlled experiment on the crushed and milled ore. A controlled quantity of soil is used and particles recovered are counted and measured after the recovery. The results can give clear picture if the material is rich, profitable or not profitable.
- Bus station in Busia, Uganda
This is the bus station in Busia town, Uganda.
- Quartering of the sample on canvas, with warning
The quartering have been conducted, but this is small sample containing concentrates, and even if it wasn't, the dirt on the canvas was not quartered equally, and thus the quarters do not represent perfect proportional minerals from the whole. Much care must be taken in doing this work, as well as to clean thoroughly the parts of the canvas where the discarded metal has been in order to prevent salting.
- Quarter of the sample, is it removed or not removed?
NEGATIVE EDUCATION WARNING: These pictures are shown how NOT TO do the quartering procedure. What do you observe on this picture? The quarter of the sample have been removed. Is it removed? What can you see and observe?…
- Collection of quarter of the sample into gold pan
NEGATIVE EDUCATION WARNING: These pictures are shown how NOT TO do the quartering procedure. People collect one quarter of the sample into the gold pan. Please don't do this.
- Negative education on errors in sampling
NEGATIVE EDUCATION WARNING: These pictures are shown how NOT TO do the quartering procedure. People are using canvas incorrectly, removing sample into gold pan, not cleaning the canvas, and walking barefoot over mercury contaminated sample.
- Negative education on errors in quartering
NEGATIVE EDUCATION WARNING: These pictures are shown how NOT TO do the quartering procedure. People are trying to remove way to big sample part into the gold pan. Instead, additional canvas underneath shall be used first to remove the quarter and then to dispose of it.
- Negative education examples of quartering
NEGATIVE EDUCATION WARNING: These pictures are shown how NOT TO do the quartering procedure. The barefoot walking over material, dirty canvas, not cleaning and removing all particles of the sample.
- Quartering the sample
NEGATIVE EDUCATION WARNING: These pictures are shown how NOT TO do the quartering procedure.
- Quartering the sample
NEGATIVE EDUCATION WARNING: This picture are shown how NOT TO do the quartering procedure. Barefoot walking over the canvas, using small scoop to try to flatten the sample, not using any piece of cloth to clean the canvas and collect or particles together, those are the incoherent facts to be observed on this picture.
- People are using canvas to divide the sample in two parts
NEGATIVE EDUCATION WARNING: These pictures are shown how NOT TO do the quartering procedure. The incoherent facts that may be seen on this picture are dirt everywhere on the canvas, thus either removing the gold particles from the sample or contaminating parts of sample with it. Using hands too close on the sample material and barefoot walking over the canvas, thus either removing or contaminating the sample.
- The method to divide smaller sample in two parts
This pictures shows the starting position to divide the smaller sample into two parts.
- The sample as divided in two parts
This sample have been divided in two approximately equal parts.
- Division of the sample in two parts
On this picture one can see how sample have been divided on two parts.
- Coning the sample
After mixing the sample, it has to be coned and then flattened before quartering process.
- Mixing the sample in plastic canvas
While this picture cannot describe proper way of using canvas on how to mix the sample, it demonstrates the basic principle of rolling the sample in canvas.
- Sampling Errors in Practice
NEGATIVE EDUCATION WARNING: These pages describe how not to do the sampling, coning and quartering, as these errors are common. Much care must be taken in doing this work, as well as to clean thoroughly the parts of the platform or canvas where the discarded metal has been in order to prevent salting. People walking barefoot on the mercury contaminated soil and other negative facts may be observed on this series of pictures.
- Removing the quarters into gold pan
Removing the quarter of the sample into the gold pan is easy task. We rather recommend using other piece of canvas underneath, so that sample is easier removed from it, and then later placed into buckets or bags. Much care must be taken in doing this work, as well as to clean thoroughly the parts of the canvas where the discarded metal has been in order to prevent salting.
- Flattening of the sample on canvas
The cone made out of the sample material shall be flattened on canvas so that easier quartering may take place in the second step.
- Sample in the middle of tabletop oilcloth, or this time tent plastic canvas
Here one can see the sample in the middle of the tent plastic canvas. The canvas shall be about 2 meters by 2 meters, this one is little larger. For larger canvas, more care must be taken to have proper mixing and removal of parts of sample during the quartering process. This picture is negatively educationl. Do not repeat what you see on this picture.
- Quartering - dividing the sample into four equal parts
Quartering is standard process to divide the sample into four equal parts. It is sample reduction process. Even though it may seem simple on pictures, it is not as simple if we are quartering sample which shall be assayed for gold grade. Small details of the techniques of quartering are very important, as otherwise gold contamination occurs and sample assays higher than it should be. Tips and tricks are explained on these pages about sampling and quartering methods.
- Mixing the smple on table oilcloth, nylon or plastic canvas
This series of pictures will demonstrate how to mix the sample on the table oilcloth, nylon or plastic canvas. The procedure is standard, hundred yeasr old yet not as known and practiced by small scale miners in Africa.
- How to prepare the square table oilcloth for sample mixing
These pictures will show how to prepare the square table oilcloth or other type of plastic canvas for purposes of mixing the sample. The process is simple, find out what is the quantity of the sample, try to estimate the square size, find the table oilcloth, measure its width and if width is good enough for the sample size, cut it to the length of the width, and you have got the square. While this process may be sample in its words to some people, to some other people it is complicated. Pictures are there to give the mass to the reader so that process can be easier understood.
- Sampling, Coning, Quartering, Reducing of Samples, the sampling series of pictures and videos to Start Your Own Gold Mine
We present here the standard sampling, coning, quartering, reducing of samples and the whole sampling series of pictures and videos to Start Your Own Gold Mine for our staff members, gold prospectors and clients. Videos and pictures on sampling methods and procedures are not necessary published in certain order. We are advising clients and staff members upon need and demand, on which video and picture to watch, to understand proper and standard sampling methods and preparations of samples.
- Mixing the sample in canvas, video
Video showing people mixing the sample in canvas.
- Mixing the sample in canvas
People are rolling the sample on ground in canvas and mixing it so that the homogeneous mixture is produced.
- Mixing the samples in canvas with rolled edges
People are mixing the sample in canvas with rolled edges.
- Rolling the edges of canvas to easier mix the sample
When canvas appears too long, the edges could be rolled to easier mix the sample.
- The sample has to be mixed well by using canvas, in opposite directions
Sample must be mixed well by rolling the canvas from one side to other and then exchanging the directions and rolling it again from side to side.
- Mixing and rolling of the sample on ground
Staff members are now mixing and rolling the sample on ground.
- The sample placed in the center of the square canvas
The staff members are placing the samples in the middle of the square of plastic canvas.
- Sample is placed in the center of square plastic canvas
The staff members are placing the samples in the middle of the square of plastic canvas.
- Placement of sample from buckets into the center of the square canvas
The staff members are placing the samples in the middle of the square of plastic canvas.
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