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Biofuels a major recognition in 2014 State of the Nation Address

Screen_shot_2012-01-23_at_10.12.26_AMCAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA: President Jacob Zuma’s recognition of South Africa’s emerging biofuels sector in the 2014 State of the Nation Address underscores the relevance of this new industry to the country’s economic growth plans.

 

President Zuma announced that: “Biofuels manufacturers have been selected and have started work.”

 

According to Mabele Fuels Joint Chief Executive Officer Mr. Zahir Williams: “This is a major recognition of the biofuels industry’s large scale agricultural job creation and rural development prospects. Mabele Fuels has indeed been hard at work to ensure that our construction, harvesting and production schedule is on track in order to meet the timeframe for mandatory blending of biofuels with petroleum to commence on 1 October 2015.”

 

Mabele Fuels also, has lauded the President’s commitment to implement the first phase of National Development Plan between 2014 – 2019.

 

Echoing President Zuma’s sentiments on the need to develop emerging black industrialists, agriculture as a key driver of jobs and entrepreneurship, as well as for social partners to work together in the interest of the economy, Williams emphasised that:

 

“As a new investor in the economy, we welcome this clarity and certainty on the macro planning and policy trajectory of the country. Being a majority black owned company pioneering the industrialisation of the biofuels industry, we are consistently collaborating with Government, farmers, funders and investors, to develop the biofuels industry for the benefit of the economy”.

 

The finalisation of the biofuels regulatory framework is therefore eagerly awaited by Mabele Fuels, to ensure the timely commencement of the company’s refinery engineering works, construction and grain sorghum harvesting program.

 

Mabele Fuels will make further announcements on the project’s progress and the finalisation of the regulatory process.

 

– ENDS –

 

 

NOTE TO EDITORS:

Mabele Fuels is a South African company owned by Black Economic Empowerment groupings, emerging farmers, local investment institutions and private investors. Its business is the manufacture of fuel-grade ethanol from grain sorghum for sale in the South African bio fuels market. Grain sorghum is cultivated in South Africa’s traditional summer grain areas, like the eastern Free State and eastern parts of the North West provinces, which receive summer rainfall. It is an ideal crop for bio fuels because it can withstand droughts and works well on fallow soil.

 

Mabele Fuels is at an advanced state of readiness to commence construction of a large-scale bio ethanol refinery (158 million litres per annum) in the Bothaville area of the Free State province. The project has enjoyed strong Government support and recognition. In 2012 the Department of Energy promulgated the mandatory blending of bio ethanol with petroleum. In September 2013 the Minister of Energy promulgated 1 October 2015 as the effective date for mandatory blending to commence in the country.

 

Mabele Fuels has been expecting imminent Government approval to enable immediate implementation of its refinery construction program, for completion before the 1 October 2015 effective date of the mandatory blending of bio fuels with petrol at a 2% blending ratio.

 

There has since been significant public discourse and debate about the matter, which is likely to continue into the future as the local bio fuels industry develops toward this vision. Mabele Fuels will continue to play a leading and proactive role in heightening and informing public education and awareness about biofuels in South Africa, in particular grain sorghum as a biofuels feedstock.

 

www.mabelefuels.com

 

 

Mabele Fuel has published a set of Frequently Asked Questions about biofuels in South Africa. This is available for download in PDF at:

http://www.ethicore.co.za/resources/mabele-fuels/

 

 

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Political and Communications Advisor

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Email: biofuels@ethicore.co.za AND wjappie@ethicore.co.za

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Biofuels regulatory consultation a milestone says Mabele Fuels

Screen_shot_2012-01-23_at_10.12.26_AMCAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA: The conclusion of the public consultative process on the South African Biofuels Regulatory Framework is a significant milestone for Mabele Fuels, a pioneering investor in the local biofuels industry.

 

The Department of Energy recently published the Biofuels Regulatory Framework for stakeholder and public comment by 10 February 2014.

 

According to Mabele Fuels Joint Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Zahir Williams “We are excited that the period for public comment has closed and that the Department of Energy has publicly targeted end of February 2014 for completion of the biofuels regulatory process. We believe that significant progress has been achieved in finalizing a sound regulatory framework that will contribute to the establishment of a sustainable biofuels industry.”

 

The conclusion of the biofuels regulatory consultative process takes Mabele Fuels another step closer to its long held vision of constructing and operating a world-class biofuels refinery in South Africa. Mabele Fuels’ refinery is set to manufacture 158 million litres per annum of fuel grade bioethanol from grain sorghum by the 1 October 2015 timeframe for mandatory blending of biofuels with petroleum.

 

Job creation, industrialisation, rural transformation and agricultural development remain core priorities of government and for a developing nation such as ours, which will undoubtedly be reflected in this week’s State of the Nation address.

 

The biofuels sector as a whole presents enormous untapped job creation potential.

 

“Our project is positioned to deliver between 15 000 – 18 000 mainly agricultural jobs through our R2.5 billion investment into developing South Africa’s largest bioethanol refinery at Bothaville in rural Free State. Therefore, Mabele Fuels, is encouraged by this significant development of reaching closure of the regulatory consultative process which signals to us that government is committed to leveraging the biofuels industry as a contributor to large scale job creation and rural development” says Mr. Willliams.

 

Mabele Fuels will make further announcements on the project’s progress and the finalisation of the regulatory process.

 

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

Mabele Fuels is a South African company owned by Black Economic Empowerment groupings, emerging farmers, local investment institutions and private investors. Its business is the manufacture of fuel-grade ethanol from grain sorghum for sale in the South African bio fuels market. Grain sorghum is cultivated in South Africa’s traditional summer grain areas, like the eastern Free State and eastern parts of the North West provinces, which receive summer rainfall. It is an ideal crop for bio fuels because it can withstand droughts and works well on fallow soil.

 

Mabele Fuels is at an advanced state of readiness to commence construction of a large-scale bio ethanol refinery (158 million litres per annum) in the Bothaville area of the Free State province. The project has enjoyed strong Government support and recognition. In 2012 the Department of Energy promulgated the mandatory blending of bio ethanol with petroleum. In September 2013 the Minister of Energy promulgated 1 October 2015 as the effective date for mandatory blending to commence in the country.

 

Mabele Fuels has been expecting imminent Government approval to enable immediate implementation of its refinery construction program, for completion before the 1 October 2015 effective date of the mandatory blending of bio fuels with petrol at a 2% blending ratio.

 

There has since been significant public discourse and debate about the matter, which is likely to continue into the future as the local bio fuels industry develops toward this vision. Mabele Fuels will continue to play a leading and proactive role in heightening and informing public education and awareness about biofuels in South Africa, in particular grain sorghum as a biofuels feedstock.

 

www.mabelefuels.com

 

 

Mabele Fuel has published a set of Frequently Asked Questions about biofuels in South Africa. This is available for download in PDF at:

http://www.ethicore.co.za/resources/mabele-fuels/

 

 

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:

 

Issued on behalf of Mabele Fuels by ETHICORE Political Consulting

Ms Wisahl Jappie

Political and Communications Advisor

T: +27 (0) 21 424 1443 / 3125

M: +27 (0) 72 227 1144

Email: biofuels@ethicore.co.za AND wjappie@ethicore.co.za

www.ethicore.co.za/resources/mabele-fuels

Biofuels regulations welcomed by leading industry player Mabele Fuels

Screen_shot_2012-01-23_at_10.12.26_AMCAPE TOWN:Mabele Fuels - a pioneering investor in the nascent biofuels industry in South Africa, welcomes the Department of Energy’s publication of the South African Biofuels Regulatory Framework in the Government Gazette of 15 January 2014.

 

Since the release of the 2007 Biofuels Industrial Strategy, Mabele Fuels has answered the call from Government for private sector investment in developing South Africa’s biofuels industry. The company has participated extensively in key Government consultations on the development and finalization of the industry’s regulations.

 

“The gazetting of the biofuels regulatory framework takes us a step closer towards closure of a lengthy regulatory process. Once regulatory closure is achieved, we are able to realize our longstanding commitment to develop South Africa’s largest bio ethanol refinery at a cost of R 2,5 billion” says Mabele Fuels Joint CEO Zahir Williams.

 

Job studies have recognised the Mabele Fuels project for its ability to create 15 000 – 18 000 rural and agricultural jobs in the Free State Province, through farming to meet the demand for grain sorghum as feedstock for the production of biofuels.

 

“The speedy finalization of these regulations will enable our project to progress to the construction phase and to be completed in time to meet the 1 October 2015 regulatory date for the commencement of mandatory blending of biofuels with petrol. This will be good news and inspire confidence for our stakeholders and especially the farming communities who stand to directly benefit in terms of sustainable economic development opportunities  ” adds Williams

 

Mabele Fuels will make further announcements on the project’s progress and its participation in the consultative process on the published regulations.

 

NOTE TO EDITORS:

Mabele Fuels is a South African company owned by Black Economic Empowerment groupings, emerging farmers, local investment institutions and private investors. Its business is the manufacture of fuel-grade ethanol from grain sorghum for sale in the South African bio fuels market. Grain sorghum is cultivated in South Africa’s traditional summer grain areas, like the eastern Free State and eastern parts of the North West provinces, which receive summer rainfall. It is an ideal crop for bio fuels because it can withstand droughts and works well on fallow soil.

 

Mabele Fuels is at an advanced state of readiness to commence construction of a large-scale bio ethanol refinery (158 million litres per annum) in the Bothaville area of the Free State province. The project has enjoyed strong Government support and recognition. In 2012 the Department of Energy promulgated the mandatory blending of bio ethanol with petroleum. In September 2013 the Minister of Energy promulgated 1 October 2015 as the effective date for mandatory blending to commence in the country.

 

Mabele Fuels has been expecting imminent Government approval to enable immediate implementation of its refinery construction program, for completion before the 1 October 2015 effective date of the mandatory blending of bio fuels with petrol at a 2% blending ratio.

 

There has since been significant public discourse and debate about the matter, which is likely to continue into the future as the local bio fuels industry develops toward this vision. Mabele Fuels will continue to play a leading and proactive role in heightening and informing public education and awareness about biofuels in South Africa, in particular grain sorghum as a biofuels feedstock.

 

www.mabelefuels.com

 

 

Mabele Fuel has published a set of Frequently Asked Questions about biofuels in South Africa. This is available for download in PDF at:

http://www.ethicore.co.za/resources/mabele-fuels/

 

 

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:

 

Issued on behalf of Mabele Fuels by ETHICORE Political Consulting

Ms Wisahl Jappie

Political and Communications Advisor

T: +27 (0) 21 424 1443 / 3125

M: +27 (0) 72 227 1144

Email: biofuels@ethicore.co.za AND wjappie@ethicore.co.za

www.ethicore.co.za/resources/mabele-fuels

Biofuels key to rural transformation and job creation

Screen_shot_2012-01-23_at_10.12.26_AMCAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA: Mabele Fuels – a pioneering investor of the nascent biofuels industry in South Africa, welcomes the commitment by the African National Congress, to job creation and rural transformation in the party’s 2014 election manifesto. In particular, Mabele Fuels welcomes the election manifesto’s explicit commitment to encourage investment in biofuels production for agricultural job creation and achieving greater energy self sufficiency.

Since the release of the 2007 Biofuels Industrial Strategy, Mabele Fuels has answered the call from Government for private sector investment in developing South Africa’s biofuels industry. The company has participated extensively in key Government consultations on the development of the industry regulations and has stood ever ready to make a sizable multi billion rand investment. Government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan identifies biofuels as a contributor to industrial growth. The National Development Plan identifies biofuels as a future option for liquid fuels and economic infrastructure development.

According to Mabele Fuels Joint CEO Mr. Zahir Williams: “The development of the South African biofuels industry has the ability  to deliver large scale job creation that will help raise employment levels in rural areas in particular. We therefore implore Government – in particular the Department of Energy, to finalise the long outstanding  biofuels regulations.

Mabele Fuels is at an advanced stage of readiness to make a R2.5 billion rand investment to develop and operate South Africa’s largest bioethanol refinery in Bothaville in the rural Free State. In order to proceed with its tight construction schedule to meet the 1 October 2015 timeframe for mandatory blending of biofuels with petrol (as promulgated by the Minister of Energy on 29 September 2013) and access the funding committed under stringent conditions, Mabele Fuels requires urgent finalisation and expeditious closure of the outstanding biofuels regulations by the Department of Energy.

“In making this call on Government, we are proactively and conscientiously responding to the call or the private sector to invest and partner Government in job creation, industrial and rural development. We are also responding to the call by the Deputy President of the ANC, Mr. Cyril Ramapshosa following the launch of the party’s 2014 elections manifesto, for the private sector to be bold and point Government to blockages and factors inhibiting job creation. The finalisation of the outstanding biofuels regulations is such a case in point. Our project and the development of the industry represents an immediate rural, agricultural and industrial development opportunity. We are making an impassioned plea to Government to urgently address this matter in line with the national priority focus on rural development and transformation”, adds Williams.

The Mabele Fuels project enjoys strong support and stewardship from the Free State Provincial Government under the leadership Free State Premier Mr. Ace Magashule. Together with the Free State Development Corporation, the project is seen as a key contributor to  unlocking much needed industrial and infrastructure development and investment in the region.

Mabele Fuels will make further pronouncements on the biofuels regulations and the future of its project.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

Mabele Fuels is a South African company owned by Black Economic Empowerment groupings, emerging farmers, local investment institutions and private investors. Its business is the manufacture of fuel-grade ethanol from grain sorghum for sale in the South African bio fuels market. Grain sorghum is cultivated in South Africa’s traditional summer grain areas, like the eastern Free State and eastern parts of the North West provinces, which receive summer rainfall. It is an ideal crop for bio fuels because it can withstand droughts and works well on fallow soil.

Mabele Fuels is at an advanced state of readiness to commence construction of a large-scale bio ethanol refinery (158 million litres per annum) in the Bothaville area of the Free State province. The project has enjoyed strong Government support and recognition. Mabele Fuels is expecting imminent Government approval to enable immediate implementation of its refinery construction program, for completion before the 1 October 2015 effective date of the mandatory bio fuels blending regulations. On 30 September, the Minister of Energy promulgated 1 October 2015 as the commencement date for the coming into effect of mandatory blending of petrol and diesel with bio fuels. There has since been significant public discourse and debate about the matter, which is likely to continue into the future as the local bio fuels industry develops toward this vision.

www.mabelefuels.com

Mabele Fuel has published a set of Frequently Asked Questions about biofuels in South Africa. This is available for download in PDF at: http://www.ethicore.co.za/resources/mabele-fuels/

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:

Issued on behalf of Mabele Fuels by ETHICORE Political Consulting

Ms Wisahl Jappie

Political and Communications Advisor

T: +27 (0) 21 424 1443 / 3125

M: +27 (0) 72 227 1144

Email: biofuels@ethicore.co.za  AND wjappie@ethicore.co.za

www.ethicore.co.za/resources/mabele-fuels

Mabele Fuels inspired by & committed to Nelson Mandela’s vision

Screen_shot_2012-01-23_at_10.12.26_AMMabele Fuels – South Africa’s most advanced manufacturer and pioneer of biofuels, joins the outpouring of condolences and support by millions of South African and global citizens on the passing of President Nelson Mandela and the unified calls to follow and be inspired by his exemplary conduct.

 

 

According to Mabele Fuels Joint Chief Executive Officer Mr. Zahir Williams – “As a truly empowered South African owned and managed business pioneering the nascent South African biofuels industry, Mabele Fuels stands today as a direct result and beneficiary of President Mandela’s unflinching and steadfast conviction, vision and dedication to the creation of a non-racial society and transformed society, in which all people have the right and possibility of participating in meaningful economic activity and to realize their full potential of their own free will.”

 

 

As the developer of South Africa’s largest biofuels production facility (158 million litres per annum) at an investment value of R2.4 billion at Bothaville in the Free State Province, Mabele Fuels in particular joins the Free State Provincial Government under the leadership of Premier Ace Magashula in honouring President Mandela and the need to emulate his example and legacy.

 

 

President Mandela’s vision of a South Africa and world that cares for its most vulnerable and marginalized as the true measure of its success, therefore remains Mabele Fuels’ inspiration and motivation for the creation of a sustainable and thriving biofuels industry in South Africa with the ability of creating substantial rural and agricultural jobs.

 

 

“Rural and farming communities remain among the marginalized and underdeveloped in South African society and therefore must stand to be the direct beneficiaries of our most innovative thinking and bold interventions, such as the immense potential inherent in the untapped biofuels industry. Independent and Government-recognised job studies show that the Mabele Fuels Bothaville bioethanol production facility will create between 15 000 – 18 000 jobs and the entire industry 25 000 jobs more broadly based on a 2% level of blending of bio ethanol and petrol”, says Williams.

 

 

Mabele Fuels therefore remains committed, as it has been over the past five years, to continue working in partnership and collaboration with Government, to finalise and implement an enabling biofuels regulatory environment, that results in the type of people-centred and humane development that President Mandela dedicated his life’s mission to. For Mabele Fuels, this includes a significant contribution to the Free State Province as an agricultural breadbasket for the economy, environmental protection through cleaner fuels and long term security of fuel and energy supply to the benefit of millions of South Africans.

 

 

“We dare not falter. Our collective and collaborative success would be a fitting living tribute, honour and celebration of President Mandela’s life and legacy and the extraordinary opportunity we have to emulate his example in pursuit of the kind of South African society that he dedicated his entire being and existence to”, says Williams.

 

 

We therefore commend Government for demonstrating vision and foresight in realizing the intrinsic social and economic benefits to be derived from developing South Africa’s biofuels potential and for the progress made since 2007 in creating the enabling policy and regulatory environment for the industry to be developed. In similar vein, we implore Government and recommit ourselves toward practical implementation of the regulatory architecture in pursuit of a flourishing nascent local biofuels industry.

 

 

 

 NOTE TO EDITORS:

 

Mabele Fuels is a South African company owned by Black Economic Empowerment groupings, emerging farmers, local investment institutions and private investors. Its business is the manufacture of fuel-grade ethanol from grain sorghum for sale in the South African bio fuels market. Grain sorghum is cultivated in South Africa’s traditional summer grain areas, like the eastern Free State and eastern parts of the North West provinces, which receive summer rainfall. It is an ideal crop for bio fuels because it can withstand droughts and works well on fallow soil.

 

 

Mabele Fuels is at an advanced state of readiness to commence construction of a large-scale bio ethanol refinery (158 million litres per annum) in the Bothaville area of the Free State province. The project has enjoyed strong Government support and recognition. Mabele Fuels is expecting imminent Government approval to enable immediate implementation of its refinery construction program, for completion before the 1 October 2015 effective date of the mandatory bio fuels blending regulations. On 30 September, the Minister of Energy promulgated 1 October 2015 as the commencement date for the coming into effect of mandatory blending of petrol and diesel with bio fuels. There has since been significant public discourse and debate about the matter, which is likely to continue into the future as the local bio fuels industry develops toward this vision. There remains however a number of misconceptions, misperceptions and unanswered questions about the bio fuels industry and grain sorghum in particular as bio fuels feedstock. This is due to a lack of informed understanding and reliable information about the strategic benefits and opportunities of bio fuels to South Africa’s energy and economic future.


 

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Ms Wisahl Jappie

Political and Communications Advisor

T: +27 (0) 21 424 1443 / 3125 

M: +27 (0) 72 227 1144

Email: biofuels@ethicore.co.za

www.ethicore.co.za/resources/mabele-fuels