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  • Artisinal mining near Busia (East), Buhweju and Kigezi (Southwest), Mubende (central) and more recently, Karamoja in the northeast.
  • WCP Resources Ltd is exploring the Busia project located in southeast Uganda, approximately 170 kilometres due east from Kampala and adjacent to the Kenyan border. The project comprises three separate exploration licences, Busia (EL 0069), Bude-Kitoja (EL 0027) and Makina (EL 0070) that together comprise 145 square kilometres and are readily accessible from the Kampala-Nairobi highway.
    These licences are underlain by Archaean greenstones that form part of the Lake Victorian goldfield that hosts many world-class gold deposits (Geita (14.7 million oz), Bulyanhulu (11.2 million oz), North Mara (3.3 million oz gold), and Golden Pride (1.3 million oz). The rocks comprise Archaean volcano-sedimentary greenstone sequences known as the Nyanzian Series made up of intermediate to acid volcanics (andesites and dacites) and intermediate tuffs with quartzites; banded chert-iron-formation; phyllites; greywackes and volcanic conglomerates metamorphosed to greenschist facies. Prominent pre- and post-tectonic granodioritic and granitic intrusions also occur in the region. The banded chert-iron-formation (BIF) hosts the gold mineralisation at Busia and Makina, while the gold at Bude-Kitoja is hosted by sheared intermediate volcanic rocks.
  • IBI Corporation, the mother company and largest shareholder of Grey Crown Resources, has over 2,000 sq km for gold exploration in south-east and western Uganda. Before transfer to Grey, Busitema Gold Mine had two exploration properties, Tira and Amonikakinei on which they have added 600 sq. km to the south and about 450 sq km to the west of Busia.
  • Magnus International Resources Inc., through the acquisition of African Mineral Fields, acquired four gold projects in Uganda. Exploration in Lugazi in the Mukono district and at Mitoma has revealed 4 gold zones with drilling to commence at Mitoma during 2007. Once the drilling starts, the program will focus initially on the Mashonga mine area and artisanal workings in southwest Uganda, where high grade gold, together with high grade platinum and palladium grades, were recorded. Further drilling at Mashonga is also planned to test a highly promising 3km by 500m wide gold-in-soil anomaly located approximately 1km east of the mine.
    At the Lugazi project in southern Uganda, the drill program is designed to investigate a strong 300m - 700m wide gold-in-soil anomaly over a distance of at least 3.5km. This anomaly is coincident with a magnetic rich horizon, which was identified following a fixed wing high-resolution airborne geophysical survey, including magnetics and radiometrics.
    Drilling at the Mwerusandu project in southwest Uganda will test a high grade trench intersection (20.5m at 3.5 g/t gold) across siliceous outcrop as well as a gold-in-soil anomaly developed southwards along the contact of a granite intrusion and meta-sediments.
    At the Mitoma project two gold-in-soil anomalies have been delineated about 3km apart. The Kahungye anomaly measures 500m x 600m at the northern end, extending over 4km to the southeast, while the Rugoma gold anomaly, which covers an area of about 2000m by 500m, shows co-incident elevated arsenic. The planned drilling at Mitoma is designed to understand the dispersion of gold in the underlying weathered profile.
  • Glencar Mining plc (GCMXF.PK) has a ground holding in southeast Uganda of approximately 350 square kilometers in 3 licence areas on the northern margin of the Lake Victoria greenstone belt. The belt hosts a number of major gold deposits on the southern side of the lake in Tanzania including the Geita, Bulyunhulu, Golden Pride and Kukuluma deposits. SEPL4332 and SEPL4333 have areas of 256km2 and 84km2 respectively. EPL 4228 is a smaller concession covering just 4.7 km2. SEPL 4332 & 4333 are fully owned by Glencar while its interest in EPL 4228 is through an agreement with the Australian company, Lincoln Resources. The latter concession is contiguous with the licence area which incorporates the Tira mine which historically has seen intermittent small-scale gold production from an underground mine.
  • Thabex Exploration Ltd and Devxplore have a joint-venture agreement to explore the Mafuga Forest project, which consists of a single exploration licence covering an area of 178 km2 in south western Uganda. The gold mineralization occurs in brecciated to sheared quartzitic rocks cross cut by secondary veins of quartz, Fe-oxides and sulfides.
  • MAED Ltd, the international engineering group specializing in the design, construction and operation of process plants for a broad spectrum of metals, has reached an agreement with Anglo Uganda to mine gold in Kamalenga in the Mubende district. Anglo has been engaged in mineral exploration in the Mubende district since the late 1980's and holds exploration and mining licenses from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development. The Mubende gold fields are estimated to contain more than 300 kg of gold.

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