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GO-AHEAD FOR RELIANCE COMPOST WASTE TO ENERGY PROJECT
Reliance, the leading organic compost provider in the Western Cape, and shareholder in Okran 38 (Pty) Ltd are excited to have received the green light for the R250 million Waste to Energy project at Corona Farm in the Paarl region.
All appeals against the project have been dismissed by authorities, giving the final go-ahead to the first of its kind project. Not only will this project generate energy from organic waste, but it will directly and indirectly create over 1000 jobs, save landfill space and carbon emissions, as well as see depleted agricultural soils being rebuilt to high humus soils. The application has taken over 3 years and millions in investments to get to this stage, the final hurdle is to get the rezoning finalised.
Thereafter Corona farm will be divided into eleven units. One unit for the Waste to Energy project and ten units to new sustainable organic farms with the focus on ownership for young entrepreneurs, primarily from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. Three of these units have already been developed with plantings of table- and wine grapes, as well as citrus and a nursery. An additional two units are in the process of being planted.
Reliance has already started their in-house training process consisting of five new entrepreneurs and ten interns. Furthermore Reliance has combined efforts with Skills Fusion and the Department of Agriculture in training fifteen new agriculture students over the next 12 months.
Mieke Willis, Marketing Manager for Reliance, states that the company’s mission is to Grow Greener Generations, and these new initiatives can be seen as a reflection of the company ethos. Reliance starts investing at Primary school level, carrying forward the message that every child/individual can dream and make that dream a reality if they are committed to making South Africa a better place for generations to come.
Reliance plans to expand operations into the Southern and Eastern Cape in the near future.