Deal #2059

Location #1

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Administrative region
Location
Nuanetsi, Zimbabwe

Target country
Zimbabwe
Comment on location
Masvingo, Mwenezi, Nuanetsi

Land area

Intended size (in ha)
100000
Comment on land area
It is not clear what size under contract was in 2010 before the project was abandoned.

Intention of investment

Intention of the investment
Biofuels, Food crops, Livestock, Renewable Energy

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Lease

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[2008] Intended (Under negotiation)
[2010] Concluded (Contract signed)
Failed (Contract cancelled)

Implementation status

Implementation status
[2010] In operation (production)
Project abandoned
Comment on implementation status
Offices and workshops idle, construction of houses not completed.

Contract farming

Comment on contract farming
Communities are complaining that Rautenbach did not honour an offer to set them up as sugar cane growers to feed the factory.

Operating company

Operating company
Name of investment project
Nuanetsi Ranch
Comment on investment chain
One source states "With regards to Billy Rautenbach’s involvement, he is purely a promoter of this project as he realises the immense value this project can hold for Zimbabwe as a whole."

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Date
2011-04-06
Comment on data source
Large scale land investment projects and land grabs in Zimbabwe: The case of Nuanetsi ranch bio-diesel project. By Joseph Mujere and Sylvestor Dombo

Data source #2

Data source type
Personal information
Includes in-country-verified information
Yes

Data source #3

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2010-01-14
Comment on data source
The Witness -- Rautenbach gets big farm

Data source #4

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2009-10-24
Comment on data source
All Africa --- Zimbabwe: Nuanetsi Bio-diesel project - 25 families to be evicted.

Data source #5

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Date
2012-04-23
Comment on data source
Foreign land acquisitions in Africa –An analysis of the impacts of individual land deals on local communities. World Bank Conference on land and Poverty.

Data source #6

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2014-06-20
Comment on data source
The Independent- Nuanetsi Ranch a waste land

Data source #7

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2015-06-28
Comment on data source
The Sunday News- Supplement: The story behind Nuanetsi Ranch

Data source #8

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2014-03-05
Comment on data source
The Herald- Plans afoot for ethanol plant at Nuanetsi Ranch

Data source #9

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2010-01-15
Comment on data source
Press Portal- Zimbabwe Bio Energy sets the record straight regarding Nuanetsi Ranch

How did the community react?

Community reaction
Rejection

Displacement of people

Comment on displacement of people
232 families. The DTZ and ZBE have set aside 60,000 hectares for resettlement purposes

Promised benefits for local communities

Promised benefits for local communities
Education

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
Other
Comment on former land owner
Local Trust- Nuanetsi Ranch was acquired by the Development Trust of Zimbabwe in 1989. Formed by Zimbabwe African Peoples Union (ZAPU) political party to carryout investments on behalf of the party. Smallholders occupied the land.

Former land use

Former land use
Smallholder agriculture
Comment on former land use

Former land cover

Former land cover
Cropland
Marginal land

Detailed crop, animal and mineral information

Crops area
Sugar Cane
Livestock area
Cattle

Use of produce

Has domestic use
Yes
Has export
Yes
Country 1
South Africa

In country processing of produce

In country processing of produce
Yes
Comment on in country processing of produce
BIO (Biofuel production);MET (Meat production). Large crocodile farming for meat and leather.

Water extraction envisaged

Water extraction envisaged
Yes

Overall comment

Overall comment
Ranch was supposed to be used as a resettlement area for the people of Tokwe-Murkosi, rather than an agricultural project. The investor is (2014) considering the establishment of an ethanol plant on the ranch with outgrowers only (plans have been scaled back). Significant controversial information on this project.

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