Development of Biodigester Plant in South Africa


Amount Raised


Total Investors

Project Overview

The project entails the treatment and disposal of biodegradable waste in line with the Waste Management Strategy to avoid and minimise waste disposal by landfill and to recover energy from the waste through the generation of bio fuel. The infrastructure needed is a Biodigester plant.


  • Energy
  • Waste Management
Funding Goal
South Africa


  • The reduction of waste to landfills;
  • The generation of renewable energy; and
  • The creation of jobs.

Progress Tracker


  • Phase 1 (Completed)

    Phase A: Separation at Source (Round Collection Refuse/Dailies/Restaurants)

  • Phase 2 (Completed)

    Phase B: Development of 50 ton/day Biodigester Plant

  • Phase 3

    Phase C: Feasibility Study for Citywide biodegradable stream & development of a PPP bankable project

  • Phase 4

    Phase D: Development of a Biodegradable Waste Management Strategy.

Current Stage

Feasibility Assessment: Proof of concept, economic model, licensing and approvals obtained. Clearly presents rationale and identifies technical and financial challenges.


Project Milestones

Appointment of EPC, Construction and Close‐out is expected to be finalized by December 2020.

ESG Impact

Reduction of waste to landfill, generation of renewable energy, and creation of jobs.


The expected beneficiaries are citywide with a population of about 4.9 million.

SDG Goals

SDG 1: No PovertySDG 2: Zero HungerSDG 3: Good Health and Well-beingSDG 4: Quality EducationSDG 5: Gender EqualitySDG 6: Clean Water and SanitationSDG 7: Affordable and Clean EnergySDG 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthSDG 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureSDG 10: Reduced InequalitySDG 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesSDG 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionSDG 13: Climate ActionSDG 14: Life Below WaterSDG 15: Life on LandSDG 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsSDG 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goals


a. Direct benefits; e.g. carbon, black carbon and methane emissions reduction, reduction in open burning.
b. Indirect benefits; e.g. reduced flooding, improved health & wellbeing.
c. Socio-economic benefits; e.g. job creation.

Risks and Limitations

What are the key risks, constraints and dependencies related to the project?

The City’s operating landfill are challenged by the:
a. Declining landfill airspace about four years of airspace available.
b. Approval of the environmental studies.
c. Lack of budget for the construction of the plant.

Risk mitigation and continuity

a. Risk register is available and updated regularly.
b. A dedicated project manager has been appointed for the project.
c. The project is in the integrated development planning of the city to ensure it is budgeted for and continued regardless of any change in government.


Type of Investment


Financing Structure

Entirely Publicly Financed

Secured Investment

Received grand funding of 8 million from Global Environmental Faciity funding and the City co funds the project with 46 million

Committed Government Funding

Yes. $669,657,236

National and Subnational Investors

The funding is from the city's own capital budget.

Committed Private Funding



Technical Support Required

To establish different funding models for the project, cost benefits options and types of PPP agreements possible to develop and implement the project. The city is hoping to overcome project finance and technology challenges by participating in this event.


Governmental Buy-in


Other Forms of Governmental Support

The government will assist with the application of environmental licenses and are part of the project steering committee.

National Ministries Involved

Department of Environmental Affairs - Malcolm Mogotsi
Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development - Mukondi Takalane

SubNational Ministries Involved

Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development - Mukondi Takalane

Other Entities Involved

Development Bank of Southern Africa - Matlale Serobe

Licenses and Permits



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