Conflicting land claims halt bioenergy project in Mkuze (SA)

A land claim brought against South Africa’s largest sugar farmer threatens to stop a 1.1 billion rand ($90 million) renewable-energy project that will produce electricity by burning leftover cane leaves and tops. Charl Senekal Suiker Trust, which has 5,000 hectares (12,355 acres) of irrigated cane land and is a grower for Tongaat Hulett Ltd., is part of a group that plans to build a 16.5 megawatt biomass facility in KwaZulu-Natal, according to a presentation on the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s website. Talks to settle claims by four communities bordering part of his farm.

Ongoing conflict? yes
Conflict type Land use conflicts
Resources agricultural residues
Issues 1 social, 2 economical, 3 ecological, 4 cultural
Keywords stop bioenergy, SA, protest
Start date 2015
End date
Reason(s) for conflict
Intensity public debate
What are the stakeholders' conflicting values or interests 4 communited around the consession are not happy with developing plans of the energy company which is leasing land for energy production
Barriers for dialogue misleading claims from communities around and low-level treatment from company's position
Forums for dialogue open and trustworthy dialog
Suggestions for conflict resolution / transformation more careful planning process with stakeholders' involvement to avoid any misunderstanding in the future