South Africa's Biofuels Strategy: greenwashing agribusiness interests PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 13 February 2009 16:06

The impetus for the establishment of a biofuels industry in South Africa also came from industry lobbyists under the banner of the Southern African Biofuels Association (SABA). Consequently, the South African government published a feasibility report and a draft Biofuels Industrial Strategy in 2006, which proposed the establishment of a mandatory bioethanol target of8% and biodiesel blend of 2%, to be derived mainly from maize, although sugarcane also featured prominently.

The draft Strategy was formulated without any public consultation and elicited swift condemnation for this shortcoming from civil society. At the only public meeting held in the Eastern Cape, rural communities there were informed that a project was already underway to clear large tracts of communal land to make way for an oilseed rape mono-crop that would be processed into agrofuels for export tothe European Union (EU).4 In a public statement, communities and NGOs castigated the Strategy asbeing preoccupied with economic instruments designed to facilitate large corporate involvement with trickle down economic benefits to the poor. They also viewed the Strategy as heralding an intervention that would have disastrous socio-economic and environmental consequences arising from expansion of industrial agriculture into new areas.

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Agrofuels in South Africa - projects, players and poverty PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 11:16

The South African government has readily embraced the establishment of an agrofuels industry, citing job creation, the need for clean and renewable energy and the creation of markets for small-holder farmers, as key motivators. Nevertheless, it is our view that the logic of the Biofuels Strategy to introduce large-scale, mono-crop agriculture into the former homelands especially,i and other areas of the country, will perpetuate the model of production and consumption of an industrial civilisation that has led to inequality in the world, wars, poverty, and environmental destruction.

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The Geopolitics of Agrofuels PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 19 February 2008 06:01

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Rural Communities Express Dismay: "land grabs" fuelled by Biofuels Strategy PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 27 July 2007 16:31
More than sixty people met in Durban on March 5th 2007, to discuss the South African government's Draft Industrial Biofuels Strategy, which is open for public comment until the end of March. The undersigned NGOs, individuals, farmer organisations and rural communities from KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga who attended the workshop, express our extreme disquiet and consternation with the strategy.

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Submission on the Draft Biofuels Industrial Strategy PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Friday, 20 July 2007 08:37
By: Earthlife Africa eThekwini Branch - African Centre for Biosafety - GRAIN - SAFeAGE - Ekogaia -The Third World Investment Gateway Trust
To: Department of Minerals and Energy
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