AFRISAM Renewable energy

Project Name

Investor Sector
Renewable energy: Invader Species
Key contact:
Bernard Mabele
Job title:
Project Manager: Agriculture and Agro-Processing
+27 53 833 1503


Brief overview of this sector in the region
The Northern Cape is endowed with a variety of natural resources such as minerals, water in the form of two large rivers, largely landscape comprising of a variety of different vegetation, etc. According to the resource base of the province the agriculture and mining activities are key activities of the province’s gross regional output. A number of resources are mined in the province which amongst others includes diamonds, ore, salt and lime.
A number of four areas have been identified by Afrisam and are core philosophical principles in the broader community. Currently on a global level the consideration for alternative energy source are critical to ensure sustainable future. From a technical point of view Afrisam is currently utilizing approximately 400-500 tonnes of coal per day. Afrisam is committed themselves in search of alternative energy source to decrease their dependence on fuel.
The basic idea is to utilize current invasive species as a renewable energy resource to partly replace the burning of fossil fuel in the form of coal. Currently invasive plant species is decreasing the productive capacity of agricultural land.
Specific location/site
Afrisam situated in ULCO, 110kmN/W of Kimberley under the Jurisdiction of Dikgatlhong Local Municipality.
Brief description of opportunity
This proposed project should be contextualised in terms of the broader Local, National and International context. A complex set of factors are currently affecting our daily level of welfare and more importantly the sustainability of our current activities. The core issues for the proposed project could be found in terms of the following aspects:
- Alternative energy source
A primary issue for Afrisam would be to decrease their dependence on fossil fuel in the form of coal. In the light of Global environmental concerns, finding alternatives energy sources in replacing the utilization of fossil fuels.
- Socio-economic upliftment
The Northern Cape due to the over importance of addressing social issues current experienced, projects of this nature is critical in generating sustainable economic opportunities which could contribute in rectifying amongst other:
- Unsustainable job creation
- Poverty alleviation
- Unemployment
- Inequality issues
- Crime and other social problems
- Creation of other economic spin-offs related to this project
- Adding value to current unused material.
The issue of optimizing available farmland and the addition of value to basic commodities or products have been realized since the free market system was introduced in 1997, with the deregulation of markets in South Africa. At present, the high market price for agricultural land has placed subsequent pressure on producers to increase the productive value of the land to ensure sufficient return on capital investment.
In essence this project strives to eradicate vegetation that has a negative impact on farm land productivity through the conversion of identified plant species in to marketable secondary products. In response to the identified demand the following potential secondary products have been identified, but not limited to these:
- Source of energy.
- Bedding for both horses and poultry
- Charcoal bricks for the local market as well as exportation to Botswana.
- Potential manufacturing of feed to animal feed industry.
- Compost production  
NB. The purpose of this case is to mobilize the farmers who are farming in the vicinity of Afrisam to participate in the supply of invader species to be utilized as energy source. NCEDA is co-funding the feasibility study in partnership with Afrisam. This must be seen as a BEE initiative to encourage the farmers to harvest the invader species on their farms and contribute to the energy generation in Afrisam plant. 
Ownership of the land:
Farmers who are in the radius of 15 kilometers from Afrisam Cement operation.