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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.

 

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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/

 

 

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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 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

Mabele Fuels Statement: Biofuels another opportunity for SA be a clean energy global leader

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7 November 2013

Biofuels another opportunity for SA to be a clean energy global leader

The recent report by leading global investment bank, Goldman Sachs brings into sharp focus South Africa’s performance and achievements in the 20 years since democracy and the unfinished business and new priorities that lay ahead. Like the National Development Plan (NDP) and various Government policies, the report places significant emphasis on developing South Africa’s energy, environmental and infrastructure outlook on a sustainable basis.

South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) which closed its third bid window to a value of R44 billion, has already received global acclaim by the UN-backed Ren21 initiative rating South Africa the 12th most attractive investment for renewable energy globally. This is a most notable achievement in a relatively short period of time since the REIPPP was commenced with.

Indeed there is much to be positive about South Africa’s future, which Mabele Fuels shares and is committed to playing a meaningful role in. One such distinctive opportunity for South Africa to leapfrog to a cleaner energy future with ample socio-economic and environmental benefits, is through the development of a sustainable biofuels industry.

Over the past 5 years Mabele Fuels has worked closely with Government via the Department of Energy on the development of a biofuels regulatory framework to give practical effect to the implementation of Government’s 2007 Biofuels Industrial Strategy. South Africa’s strategy for a sustainable biofuels industry addresses concerns, which arose in the first phases of developing the global biofuels industry. The South African biofuels strategy consequently excludes food crops for use in biofuels production to avert risks in terms of food security. Maize, for example, a popular food crop is banned for use as a biofuels feedstock in South Africa. A further example of South Africa’s commitment to a sustainable biofuels industry is the preference of low irrigation crops as feedstocks for biofuels so as to minimize water usage.

Recently the Ministry of Energy promulgated 1 October 2015 as the effective commencement date of regulations, which introduce mandatory blending of petrol with bio-ethanol  This has provided much welcomed regulatory certainty to Mabele Fuels as a pioneering biofuels investor committed to developing biofuels as a nascent industry in South Africa with significant potential for enabling catalytic rural and agricultural job creation and economic development.

Studies based on a 2% level of blending of bio ethanol and petrol, reveal that the biofuels industry will produce up to 25 000 jobs in the agricultural sector alone. The development of biofuels manufacturing infrastructure will necessitate billions of Rands in investment into rural economies where these facilities and associated infrastructure will be located.

According to Mabele Fuels Joint CEO Zahir Williams, the company is looking forward to working with Government on the urgent finalisation of outstanding biofuels regulations will enable it to commence construction of a world class bio ethanol manufacturing plant in the Free State Province.

Mr Willliams believes that currently South Africa faces significant challenges to alleviate poverty and accelerate economic development. Within this context, the development of a sustainable biofuels industry represents a unique opportunity for socially-responsible investment that unlocks significant job creation potential, contributes to a cleaner environment and long-term future energy security and diversification.

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.

Download the statement here: “Biofuels another opportunity for SA to become a clean energy global leader”

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