Plans are under way to ensure land is acquired to involve local communities in the production of raw materials for the R1.5-billion Wilmar Processing SA palm oil refinery plant in the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (IDZ)
This is according to the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.
Speaking during a tour of the Richards Bay IDZ, the acting head of department, Thandeka Ellenson, who was representing MEC Siboniso Duma, expressed her appreciation for the work done on the project.
“MEC Siboniso Duma is encouraged by the fact that the construction of Wilmar Palm Oil, originally from Singapore, is nearing completion. About R1.5bn has been invested to produce margarine and other edible oils,” Ellenson said.
Plans are unde rway to ensure more land is acquired to enable local communities to be involved in the production of raw materials, such as sunflower seed and soya beans, required by the plant.
Richards Bay IDZ Board chairperson Advocate Bheki Mbili emphasised the need for the board to continue to play a strong oversight role over management and all categories of staff.
“This would ensure that the vision of the entity is realised for the benefit of millions of unemployed people who are waiting impatiently for jobs and access to economic opportunities,” Mbili said. – SAnews.gov.za