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Uganda announced that it had discovered 31 million metric tons of gold waiting to be mined in the country after several surveys were conducted. A spokesperson from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development in Uganda, Solomon Muyita, said that these reports are aimed at attracting gold miners and investors in the crypto sector.

In a bid to boost the country’s economy, the Ugandan government has licensed Wagagai gold mining company, a Chinese firm to start producing gold products in Busia district. The company embarked on the construction of its gold refinery valued at USD200m in phases in the district in 2016. Muyita said that the discovered gold could start being mined immediately.

Refining gold locally could enhance job creation, and improve social service delivery to those living close to where the mineral is extracted. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has called for the local refinement of the the commodity, calling any external refinery criminal. “It is criminal for anybody to argue for the continued exports of raw materials in Africa, when there is 90% more value in that product that you are giving to the
outsiders” he said.

Tan Chun Chi, the general manager of Wagagai gold mining company, says that the investment has reached US $60 million. He explains that they have been lagging behind
in the construction due to the lack of the two licenses. The company has recently obtained a gold production license in March this year and has a 21-year lease to mine
gold in the country. and expect to double their speed because they expect to begin gold production by July 2023.

The company has invested $200M towards constructing a refining facility. Despite all the gold discovered in the country, the mining difficulty is notably high, and this impacts the amount of gold that is actually mined. Around 2500 to 3000 metric tonnes are mined every year.

“If this is indeed the volume that we have, it is time to clean our house, and do business, in developing ourselves and our country, by going to the middle income status and beyond.” said Winnie Ngabirwe Mineral Development Expert.

https://www.miningreview.com/news/uganda-discovers-gold-deposits-worth-12-trillion-usd/

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And it continues even here- the high cost of gold will begin displacing hobby and small scale prospecting on open Federal lands- several foreign companies have been pulling permits from BLM for exploratory drilling in some well-known old mining districts here in So California. They are betting on making a profit from places thought to be played out or were so low in yield that they were no longer profitable with yesterday’s mining methods, but were still places that are fun and interesting for us little guys to go prospecting .

I’m dreading the day that when what happened to many of you at Rich Hill when professional mining restricted access will also be spreading to some of our favorite prospecting areas here.

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1 hour ago, GotAU? said:

And it continues even here- the high cost of gold will begin displacing hobby and small scale prospecting on open Federal lands- several foreign companies have been pulling permits from BLM for exploratory drilling in some well-known old mining districts here in So California. They are betting on making a profit from places thought to be played out or were so low in yield that they were no longer profitable with yesterday’s mining methods, but were still places that are fun and interesting for us little guys to go prospecting .

I’m dreading the day that when what happened to many of you at Rich Hill when professional mining restricted access will also be spreading to some of our favorite prospecting areas here.

The old timers weren't looking for rare earth minerals whereas modern exploratory analysts are. Regardless, there will be a lot of public resistance to commercial mining. I just read of a case like that somewhere in CA. The local anti mining people were quite vocal in their opposition. 

As for this article, I could be wrong but I'm thinking they are talking about 31 million metric tons of "gold ore", not "gold". 
Quote: "About 244,000 metric tons of gold has been discovered to date (187,000 metric tons historically produced plus current underground reserves of 57,000 metric tons). Most of that gold has come from just three countries: China, Australia, and South Africa."

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