The City of Tshwane successfully launched the Tshwane Food and Energy Centre (TFEC) on April 12th 2016 in Bronkhorstspruit, just outside Pretoria.
TFEC is an integrated project that generates food and produces its own energy to address fundamentals of sustainability and local economic development. Located on a 200Ha plot, the R40 million development will contribute to the City’s food security through livestock production and renewable energy via a photo-voltaic solar power plant and reuse of livestock organic waste for biogas production.
The launch ceremony was attended by representatives from government, the private sector and civil society. The beneficiaries of the project, drawn from Rethabiseng, Ekangala and the surrounding area, were also in attendance and were represented by their chairman, Mr. James Ndlovu. Executive Mayor, Councilor Kgosientso Ramokgopa led the guests on a site visit that showcased the new renewable energy infrastructure, as well as farmers’ quarters that are linked to vegetable tunnels and chicken runs.
This important project will contribute towards restoring the dignity of displaced farmers in the Bronkhorstspruit and Cullinan areas as a catalyst for future sustainable agriculture and agro processing in the local economy.
The City of Tshwane is a strategic partner to Fetola’s #JustAddGreen initiative, which supports SMEs in South Africa’s Green Economy, and a member of the programme’s multi-stakeholder Advisory Council.