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The South Africa Department of Energy (DoE) published a draft position paper in January 2014 which stated that it would soon become mandatory to blend environmentally friendly biofuels with petrol and diesel. The Gondwana Biodiesel Refining Company has recognised the need to build a sustainable business to produce biodiesel in order to meet future demands. Biodiesel is an alternative or additive to standard diesel fuel that is made from biological ingredients instead of petroleum (or crude oil). Typically made from plant oils through a series of chemical reactions, it is both non-toxic and renewable. The biofuels industry has also been identified as a potential major source of employment and economic development. The Gondwana Biodiesel Refining Company has a strong focus on rural development and the promotion of small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMME’s).

Proposed biodiesel production plant