Welcome to VUTHISA (pronounced VOO-TEE-SA). VUTHISA is a ZULU word for “to set on fire” or “View This South Africa”, whatever you prefer, has evolved over the years from sharing information on INNOVATIVE GREEN TECHNOLOGIES to designing and building our own BIOCHAR equipment. It is a Closed Corporation and solely owned by Kobus Venter, a single father with a 17 year old son (2018).
The following table outlines some of the projects we have initiated and managed over the last few years, showing the significant monetary resources we have had to secure and generate to execute these projects:
- VUTHISA BIOCHAR INITIATIVE part funded by EEP-S&EA (Energy & Environment Partnership Southern and East Africa) EEP-S&EA
- VUTHISA CHARCOAL PROJECTS part funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) , Working for Water Program, employing 74 workers
These projects were concluded in 2016/17 and a clean audit was received for both. We have an overdraft facility with a local financial institution that needs servicing and we require regular cash flow in order to to keep the facility active.
Picture 1 – Kobus Venter with one of the Ratchet Press units going to the UNHCR
The work starts now however in rolling out our RETORTS nationwide and around the world. SOUTH AFRICA is currently sitting with an unemployment rate of 30% nationwide or some 9 million people and much work can be created along with sustainable income for them.
See this link showing our waste Waste Biomass Beneficiation & Job Creation Solution: https://wp.me/pyGcg-8Me
We are a for-profit business and receive no support from the Government and do not qualify for tax deductible donations like NPO’s and other non-profits.
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Go on this journey with us and we will show the fruits of our labor as each project is rolled out. Currently we are working on creating more rigid BIOCHAR systems with automatic auger feed systems to and away from these and improved units. A turn key operation will then process the outflow of surplus waste generated by local industries, such as Sawmills, Vineyards, Farms and other industries.
…and a final footnote and a South African perspective on exotic plant alien infestation…
Background to exotic alien plant infestation
South Africa (according to the most recent South Africa Yearbook) is plagued with alien plant infestations totaling more than 10 million hectares, about eight percent (8%) of the country’s land surface area and 2.5 million hectares of Acacia mearnsii (black wattle) has steadily encroached on our indigenous bush and once pristine riverbeds. The fight against invasive alien plants is spearheaded by the Working for Water (WfW) programme, launched in 1995 and administered through the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). This programme works in partnership with local communities, to whom it provides jobs, and also with government departments, research foundations and private companies. The WfW programme is one of the Natural Resources Management Programmes (NRM). Other programmes include: Working on Fire, Working for Land, Working for Forests and Eco-Furniture Factories.
Although a step in the right direction it has not prevented the further spread of invasive aliens. The rate of spread is alarming and their numbers are projected to double over the next 15 years. The WfW programme, also aimed at creating employment has been allocated R665,9-million ($83 million USD) in the 2010/11 year, but this amount is not sufficient to contain the problem (Source: http://www.environment.co.za/weeds-invaders-alien-vegetation). CSIR scientists have recently commented: “Although an estimated R6.5 billion was lost every year due to invading alien plants, this would have been an estimated additional R41.7 billion had no control been carried out. This indicates a saving of R35.2 billion every year.”
The main culprit is Acacia mearnsii or black wattle, a hardwood that just so happens to make excellent charcoal. Vuthisa strongly advocates the removal (and stump treatment) of these weeds from riverbanks and open land by converting it to charcoal using our Portable charcoal-making kiln. In Namibia, 26 million hectares of encroachment bush is being converted to charcoal and sold to neighboring South Africa using this method. This kiln is cheap to construct and portable. This will slow the encroachment rate of the invaders and encourage micro-entrepreneurial activity to alleviate the country’s high unemployment rate.