Utilising a Biomass-to-Energy Solution as an Instrument to Stimulate Economic Development, Community Upliftment and Wealth Creation in the Nkomazi District of Mpumalanga

N.H.P. Stolz, J. Murray & J.L. Bouwer
The South African sugar industry production has fallen by 6.8 million tons of sugar cane between the 2000/01 season to the 2012/13 season. South African sugar cane farmers are the custodians of one of the largest reservoirs of short cycle renewable biomass. An opportunity exists to arrest this decline in this critical rural development catalyst by developing markets for biomass and providing additional income to the growers. Furthermore, the existing practice of burning sugar cane...