23 January 2018
   
ZRP ‘Idiot’ Charamba loses cop insult case
Gukurahundi: Blame govt, not me – says ED
SA: Jazz legend Hugh Masekela dies
Cholera: Angry minister blasts city councils
Mzembi challenges arrest; quits politics
Mudzuri: Amnesty for MDC-T cop murder 3
Mnangagwa: Grace mentally unstable
ZESA gave Chivayo $7m, not $5m: Parly
MORE NEWS
Govt reduces excise duty on fuel
Filthy 5-Star hotels: Economy blamed
MORE BUSINESS
‘Am I African’ explores Zim's race conflict
Gafa’s Epworth concert draws thousands
MORE SHOWBIZ
Billiat might still leave: Sundowns coach
Katsande: Chiefs show championship mentality
MORE SPORTS
Mnangagwa’s ‘New’ Zim merits support
Zhuwao: kleptocracy and EDiots in Davos
MORE OPINION
 
Mnangagwa off to Davos empty handed
Economy: the need for a paradigm shift
MORE COLUMNISTS
 
 
Strike hits Zimbabwe’s sole ethanol producer Green Fuel
12/05/2015 00:00:00
by The Source
 
Green Fuel investor ... Billy Rautenbach
 
RELATED STORIES
Green fuel managers racist, fired workers
Zanu PF MPs row over ethanol firm
Green Fuel: Parly urges Mavhaire arrest

WORKERS at ethanol producer, Green Fuel, have gone on strike after going for seven months without being paid, paralysing operations at its Chisumbanje plant, officials said on Tuesday.

The Chisumbanje plant has the capacity to produce 120 million litres of high quality, anhydrous ethanol per annum, along with capacity to generate 18 megawatts of electricity, according to officials, making it a key project for the energy deficient southern African country.

Green Fuel, a joint venture between the government’s Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (Arda) and private companies, Macdom and Rating Investments owned by business tycoon Billy Rautenbach, has been hit by low sugar cane throughput at its estates in eastern Zimbabwe following heavy rains that made harvesting difficult.

Its struggles forced government to reduce the mandatory ethanol component in fuel blending from 10 percent to 5 percent, reducing its income stream.

Arda and Green Fuel chairman Basil Nyabadza confirmed the developments but said the (Green Fuel) board was meeting on Tuesday to discuss the situation.

“I’m about to get into a meeting to get an appraisal of the issues there,” said Nyabadza. He declined to give more details.

Green Fuel employs about 4,500 workers, but most are on an extended annual break following heavy rains early this year.

The strike by 500 workers at the plant follows another by 116 contracted sugarcane out-growers who last week protested at the company after going for three years without payment.

The farmers were owed $150,000, but have since agreed to a phased payment plan with the firm.

“The strike started last week with sugarcane out-growers. These farmers had not been given their sugarcane proceeds by Green Fuel for the past three years.

“I assisted and their $150,000 bill would be paid at $10,000 every week for 13 weeks with $20,000 already paid,” said a former District Ethanol Plant Implementation Committee (DEPIC) representative, Claris Madhuku.

“The employees are now demanding a similar arrangement which makes them secure.”



Advertisement


 
Email this to a friend Printable Version Discuss This Story
Share this article:

Digg it

Del.icio.us

Reddit

Newsvine

Nowpublic

Stumbleupon

Face Book

Myspace

Fark

 
 
 
comments powered by Disqus
 
RSS NewsTicker