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South Africa: European assistance for biofuels-strategy task team

The European Union (EU) is funding the establishment of a biofuels task team in South Africa, to draw up a strategy to take to Cabinet at its next economic cluster meeting, Department of Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said this week.

Speaking at a function in Johannesburg, she said that the country had been working together with Brazil, the EU and the British government in establishing this task force. “We are looking at implementing the strategy by early next year,” Sonjica highlighted, adding that the department hoped that the strategy would be approved so that it could be rolled out.

The South African government, led by President Thabo Mbeki, is keen to fast-track the development of the local biofuels industry.

Southern African Biofuels Association (Saba) president and Absa bank agribusiness GM Andrew Makenete previously told Engineering News that Mbeki had instructed the biofuels task team and Cabinet to have the national biofuels strategy ready for publication before the end of the year.

Additional information: Read the full story at Engineering News
News date: 01/11/2006

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