Filming in Gold mines in Mubende District -Uganda can take place in Kassanda is located in Mubende District, approximately 58 kilometres East of Mubende, and the location of the district headquarters. This is about 110 kilometres West of Kampala, the capital and largest city in Uganda.
The town was quite a rural settlement. Then someone discovered a Gold Nugget on one of the hills in town. While Gold has been known to exist in the area, this new find led to an influx of prospectors” from outside the area. They came from as far away as Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Many were previously unemployed or underemployed youth from the streets of Kampala. This has led to an impromptu ‘’Gold Rush’’, with miners, washers, refiners, middlemen, buyers and exporters. In 2014, it was reported that five out of fifty mines (10%) were producing Gold.
Gold mines, forests, and all the other natural resources belong to Ugandans, so you can’t just go there and use them before getting license and permissions from the authorities, which manages them on behalf of the people. The mines have a number of workers and each earn a living from the Gold, so most of the film crews want to get the experience of how the boys process Gold from the caves, ore and then apply mercury to get the final product. Great Adventure Safaris helps you get all the required permissions to film in Gold mines in Mubende district.
For all film crews and production companies, we recommend that you allow ample time to the process of application and acquiring all your Uganda filming permits ( press accreditation and media cards, location permissions)
There were over 10,000 illegal artisans who were evicted on grounds that they were encroaching on the legal mining areas of AUC Mining Company that secured the mining rights in the Gold rich enclave of Kitumbi sub-county in 2012.
The government said the illegal miners were disrupting foreign Gold miners, who have advanced mining capabilities they brought into the country.
It was noted that apart from disrupting the serious Gold miners, the little Gold which the illegal miners get is smuggled out of the country hence not benefiting them and the government. After a year of protracted struggle, evicted Gold miners in Mubende and Kassanda Districts have finally acquired mineral licences (location licenses).
Mubende United Miners Assembly an umbrella association of artisanal and small scale Gold miners in Mubende and Kassanda in Districts told Oil in Uganda that the Directorate of Geological Survey and Mines in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development has already granted 11 mining associations location licences to prospect and mine for gold in the two districts.
In August 2017, an estimated 60,000 Artisanal and Small Scale Miners in Mubende were evicted from the mines on grounds that they were conducting illegal Gold mining activities and destroying the environment. The government ordered the eviction of the mines with immediate effect.
The issuance of the location licences and expected return of formerly evicted miners to the mines follow the government’s letter in which they directed AUC Mining – a company with a mining lease over the area to relinquish 30% of its licence. In a letter dated April 6, 2018, the government directed the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development to renew the exploration licence of AUC Mining (U) Limited in Bukuya and Kitumbi sub-counties in Mubende District.