How to start your own gold mine
- View on few resources, the line from rudimentary ball mill to the pools
Date: 2019-05-01, North Mara, Tanzania. Dejan Vidojković is explaining the line from the elevated ball mills and jaw crushers to the pools downthere as they may be used to collect water, or recirculate the water. We must devise new several production lines on this mining site, that is why we are communicating and sending videos and pictures to each other as Mr. Jean Louis was located on distance in Europe, supervising the operations.
- Verification of water source on mining site in Tanzania
Water sources in mining are major resource. On majority of artisanal mining sites in Tanzania water is rather obstacle than a resource. This situation here is quite different, the mining site needs a lot of water for processing. Verification of the water supply have taken place this day. Several water sources available on this mining site.
- Water pump and water source enabled on mining site in North Mara
The submersible water pump have been put in action and its flow verified. This is good flow to handle and process several tonnes of tailings per hour. It may handle easily good fresh ores. We will still consider lessening the expenses by using solar power, or battery run bilge pumps.
- Jaw crusher test in Tanzania
This is small jaw crusher and we are testing the function, not the capacity. We brought it back to life. It needs grease and kind care. Jaw crusher is our best friend.
- Prospecting Check Reports in Kenya
For each gold prospecting action we are keeping Prospecting Check Reports, as this way we know where the sample was obtained, how much of it was verified, how sample was obtained, from which shaft, from which location, which geographical position was it and what gold particles have been found.
- Coin in the gold pan along gold particles
Coin is placed in the pan to show the sizes and help in understanding the findings when pictures are sent for the analysis.
- Mr. Peter Mwita prospecting for gold on tailing heaps in Kenya
This is our director Mr. Peter Mwita, prospecting for gold in Kenya on tailing heaps, that later developed into mineral processing of 50,000 tonnes.
- Fine gold recovery system preparation
Fine gold recovery system may be improvized with simplest tools.
- Bilge pump and protection in the water
This is how bilge pump have been mounted so that it is protected from other soil particles.
- Simple super concentration setup
This simple super concentration setup is using recirculated water and bilge pump to recover fine gold particles.
- Gold panning training
The gold panning training is part of program for each of our staff members in Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.
- Mr. M'hengele Nkwabi gold panning
Gold panning practice and preparation for the real work on the mining site is process that every staff member is undergoing.
- Black sand sorted in buckets by their size
Mesh is the number of openings per linear inch of a screen or measures size of particles, and that is how we are sorting the black sand.
- Separation of particles by their sizes
Particles are sorted and separated in various buckets by their sizes.
- The bucket with 50-100 mesh particles
This bucket contains particles from 50 to 100 mesh in size.
- Black sand in the bucket
This is black sand, more over this is magnetite that we are using in the technology of fine gold recovery.
- Magnetite particles collected in the bucket
This is bucket with magnetite particles of particular size as collected in the bucket.
- Black sand sorting with buckets
The black sand or better said magnetite is sorted in buckets. A transparent tape sticks on the side of buckets, it may not be visible on pictures. Over the transparent tape the mesh sizes are written so that various magnetite particles may be separated. Similar process can be used for quick and field particle size analysis.
- Set of sieves on the bucket
This is stack of sieves on the bucket for basic particle separation and black sand preparation.
- Sieves and buckets for gold prospecting
Sieves of various mesh sizes and buckets are used in gold prospecting and final gold recovery.
- Set of sieves for basic gold prospecting
Sets of sieves are so much valuable tool for basic gold prospecting. Quick particle size analysis can be made with this set of sieves, and more over, they are used in quick final gold recovery.
- Collecting black sand from rain drainage
Rain is bringing iron particles down the streams and natural drainage streams. Those places are researched and magnetite is collected to recover gold.
- Collection of black sand from natural drainage
The black sand is collected on numerous, various places, directly from rain drainage.
- Mr. M'hengele Nkwabi calling people during black sand collection
As you may see there are buckets around, as this is the action of collection of black sand, magnetite and some hematite. Such is used in recovery of gold particles. Normally miners are removing or separating black sand and it is funny that we even need it in larger quantities, as we are using magnetite in the technology we are applying to recover gold.
- Collection of black sand in Geita, Tanzania
Magnetite, hematite and other heavy minerals are well known as black sand, they are disturbance to many gold prospectors and hinders final gold panning. Some companies are using magnetic separators to remove such black sand. Quite opposite on our side. The technology we are using requires black sand, so we are often collecting it.
- Natural drainage is chosen to collect black sand
Mr. M'hengele Nkwabi is collecting black sand from natural rain drainage in Geita, Tanzania.
- Mr. M'hengele Nkwabi getting ready to collect magnetite minerals
Mr. M'hengele Nkwabi is getting ready in Geita, Tanzania, to collect the magnetite minerals. It is also known as black sand. We use magnets to collect black sand from natural drainages or mining places.
- Main roundabout in Geita, Tanzania, the major gold mining town in Tanzania
This is roundabout in Geita town, Tanzania, the main gold mining place in Tanzania. Our headquarter in Geita is just about 15 minutes slow walk from this roundabout. Few rock crushing machines may be seen on the roundabout as monuments.
- Artisanal mineral processing near Geita, Tanzania
This is classic artisanal mineral processing near Geita, Tanzania, there is a sluice, there are some pools with water, the tailing heaps, and final milled ores are processed here, concentrate of gold is collected and processed with mercury. Mercury is poisonous and forbidden substance. We are never using mercury in our own mercury free gold recovery technology.
- Artisanal mining site and pond of water
This is how artisanal mining sites look like in Geita, Tanzania. A pond of dirty water is valuable resources for mineral processing.
- Mining shaft on the mining site
This is one of the mining shafts on mining site. People are going for rocks, while alluvial content was even one gram per shovel on certain locations. It is not quite logical to understand, but people on mining site may not know the mining site without conducting the Prospecting Checks for gold.
- Visit to mining site
This mining site was discovered to have even one gram of gold in a simple shovel of the soil. People are building rooms at the place where they should not be built as exactly on that place the good gold grade have been found.
- Mazuri Lodge, near Geita, Tanzania
This is how the lodge and street looks like in mining locations near Geita, Tanzania.
- Mr. M'hengele Nkwabi, our staff member
Mr. M'hengele Nkwabi is our staff member that makes good reports from fields.
- Ball mills for small scale gold mining imported to Tanzania
These ball mills are for small scale mining, the total capacity for 2 ball mills is not more than 1.2 tonnes per hour. On good and rich ores these ball mills speed up the gold production for about 12 times. The equivalent capacity if purchased in Tanzania would be US $50,000. The ball mills are worth about 50% less. They are running on diesel engines and can bring good steady income over the time. Ball mills are used in final grinding of the crushed gold bearing rocks.
- Mining shaft on mining site in Kenya
Date: February 27th 2019 This mining shaft contains good and rich ores and is located on our signed up locations for processing of 50,000 tonnes.
- Mr. Dejan Vidojković in Kenya on February 27th 2019
Date: February 27th 2019 Mr. Dejan Vidojkovich, Organization Executive Secretary in senior position have arrived to mining site in Kenya signed up for future mineral processing.
- Cyanidation pools with tailing heaps
Date: February 27th 2019 Cyanidation pools and tailing heaps all around, total of about 50,000 tonnes available. Since then have been devising ways on how to bring and use constant water to process tailings efficiently.
- New mining site in Kenya with huge tailing heaps
Date: February 27th 2019 New mining site with huge tailing heaps is identified in Kenya and agreement signed up.
- Travel from Busia, Uganda, to Isibania, Kenya
This is the route on how to travel from Busia, Uganda to Isibania, Kenya in Migori county, South Kenya. Our Organization Executive Secretary Mr. Dejan Vidojković arrived to Entebbe, Uganda end of January 2019. He stayed in Uganda for February 2019, and was in Kenya for March and April 2019. Then he arrived to Tanzania to help in establishment of a new mining site end of April 2019.
- Safety know for harnesses and descending into mining shafts
This is safety knot that has to be used in each descending into the mining shafts, or otherwise, if rope is too short, there will be free fall to the bottom.
- 17 shovels in one minute x 4 kg = shoveling of 4 tonnes per hour
This video shows good tempo of 17 shovels per minute, each shovel being minimum 4 kilograms, probably 6 kilograms. This rhythm of shoveling provides 4 tonnes to 6 tonnes per hour. Two persons shoveling together can easily load 4 tonnes of soil into the sluice. Even if not, then 2 people could easily load 2 tonnes of soil per hour. To load 10 tonnes of soil per hour one would then employ 4 to 10 people. This makes it possible to handle 10 tonnes per hour and 100 tonnes per day.
- 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.
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