Minerals in Uganda. Uganda is endowed with over 50 different types of minerals and it ranks among the countries in Africa with the biggest number of minerals although the potential for viable exploitation has not yet been established for most of the minerals.
Mercury is officially classed as a mineral species for historical reasons, and also because it is distinctive in its chemical and physical properties. However, because it occurs as a liquid, it does not satisfy the normal criteria to be a valid mineral. It crystallizes at 40 degrees celsius, at which point it forms rhombohedral crystals.
Ugandas Mineral Potential 2. Legal, Regulatory and Institutional Framework 3. Mineral value addition 4. Recent developments in Ugandas Mineral Sector 5. Mining Investment Opportunities 6. Incentives in Mining Sector 7. Conclusions 8. Key contacts
In the latest value for money audit report into the minerals sector, the Auditor General, recommends that government should slap a total ban on the use of mercury in gold mining due to health and environmental consequences. The report covers the period between 2011 to 2015. The use of mercury and cyanide in gold recovery is a health ...
Since 2008, which saw the onset of the gold rush across Uganda, officials from the Directorate of Geological Survey and Mines say artisanal and small scale gold mining activities have risen by 40% across Ugandas gold rich areas of Karamoja in north eastern Uganda, Buhweju and Ibanda in the west and Namayingo and Busia in south eastern Uganda.