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Zim ethanol plant faces problems

Around 4,500 jobs are under threat at a new ethanol production plant in Zimbabwe.

Eyewitness News
Zimbabwe job loss,Billy Rautenbach,Chisumbanje
World

ZIMBABWE - Around 4,500 jobs are under threat at a new ethanol production plant in Lowveld, south of Zimbabwe.

Managers at oil plant companies in Chisumbanje are not buying their ethanol.

Green Fuel plant said their only hope is for government to implement laws to force oil companies to blend their petrol with locally-produced ethanol.

The multi-million dollar project was shut down in February 2012.

At least 700 workers are on forced leave, state media reported.

Some employees were apparently recalled to keep the plant running.

One of the major shareholders at the plant is tycoon Billy Rautenbach.

Officials are concerned the project may not be compliant with indigenisation laws.

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