Stock Photo: GOLD MINING, BURKINA FASO. Yatenga Province, Kalsaka Village. . Gold fever has gripped Burkina Faso since the metal was first discovered widely about three years ago. It is not easy money and few make more than enough for the bare survival. The ore is thin and yields its treasures only to long hours of hot labour. There are no fenced off private claims in this gold rush. The land is open to all comers. Claims are staked by force of labour only.