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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

Pioneering SA’s Climate Innovation Centre


ETHICORE supports establishment of South Africa’s 1st Climate Innovation Centre

As the South Africa’s push towards a ‘green economy’ trajectory advances and gains momentum under the auspices of government’s ‘New Growth Path’ economic strategy and in the build-up to to the 17th session of the United Nations Conference of the Parties climate negotiations (i.e. COP-17) in Durban (28 November – 9 December 2011); ETHICORE Consulting and Advisory Solutions continues to forge new ground as an African thought-leader in sustainability services. This includes strategic innovative strategy, consulting, advisory and project-based service (e.g. research, business intelligence, policy and regulatory affairs, communications, stakeholder management, training and capacity building) in the areas of sustainability, green-economy, climate innovation, sustainable consumption and production, resource management and efficiency.

Supporting pioneering South Africa’s first climate innovation centre

Since July 2011, ETHICORE Managing Director Abdul Waheed Patel has been appointed as lead consultant by the World Bank for the establishment of the South Africa’s first climate innovation centre. Know as the ‘Gauteng Climate Innovation Centre’ the centre is being developed and will be hosted at The Innovation Hub Management Company (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of the Blue IQ Investment Holding company of the Gauteng Provincial Government’s Department of Economic Development.

About the Gauteng Climate Innovation Centre

The Innovation Hub is pursuing the Gauteng Climate Innovation Centre in collaboration with infoDev – a public-private partnership in the World Bank Group. infoDev has a dedicated Climate Technology Program.

The Climate Innovation Centre aims to provide financing and other business development services to help South Africa pro-actively and profitably develop, transfer and deploy climate smart technologies. In particularl the Climate Innovation Centre aimed to provided targeted and dedicated support to small and medium enterprises operating in the clean-tech and climate smart technology sector.

In so doing, the Climate Innovation Centre will help achieve the Gaunteng province’s and the country’s ‘New Growth Path’ objectives of job creation, industrial development and improved environmental performance and a shift to a ‘Green Econom’, in line with South Africa and Gauteng’s emerging green economy strategies.

The Gauteng Climate Innovation Centre will become part of a global network of 30 similar centres being supported by the World Bank’s infoDev unit, and will become a national anchor South Africa’s climate innovation activities. Through this network the Gauteng Climate Innovation Centre and the companies that it supports to participate fully in the globalised clean and climate technology. The first centre is to be launched in Nairobi, Kenya in 2011, with other current being developed in India, Ethiopia, Morocco and Vietnam, in addition to South Africa.

Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on the Design of the Climate Innovation Centre

The Innovation Hub and the World Bank will hold a national stakeholder consultative conference to engage relevant stakeholders on the design of the centre, to develop a deeper understanding of particular circumstances in South Africa in the climate technology and innovation sectors and to seek input from relevant actors on their understanding of the climate tech/innovation ecosystem and needs in South Africa. The details of the workshop are as follows:

Date: Thursday, 6 October 2011

Time: 08h30 – 17h000

Venue: The Innovation Hub, 1 Mark Shuttleworth street, Pretoria

Should you wish to like to register for the conference, kindly please send your interests and request, together with your personal and organisational particulars to: cic@theinnovationhub.com and CC: cicgauteng@ethicore.co.za

Kindly find a full release, project overview, conference invitation and draft conference agenda below for download:

ETHICORE Supports Gauteng CIC_2Oct201

CIC flyer (08 Sep 11)_FINAL

Gauten CIC Conference RSVP Invite(19Sept2011)

Draft agenda for Gauteng CIC Conference (04 Oct 11)

Gauteng CIC Working Groups Overview_FINAL

The Innovation Hub_Map & Directions

For more information and enquiries, contact Abdul Waheed Patel on:

Tel: +27 (0) 21 422 2985

Mobile: +27 (0) 79 888 0452

Email: awpatel@ethicore.co.za