Mar 20, 2012
Anglo Zimele reports substantial interest in Green FundBack
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Zimele committed R100-million over seven years to its Zimele Green Fund – an amount that could be increased if there were sufficient enterprises and buy-in from partners.
The development capital fund targeted investment opportunities in the so-called green economy, such as renewable energy, biodiversity, biofuels, conservation, agriculture, waste and emissions management, energy efficiency, climate change and water conservation.
It also focused on developing and funding small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that promote and develop environmentally sustainable projects.
Zimele MD Nick van Rensburg commented that the significant interest the fund received in a short period pointed to the considerable potential and viability of the fund, and that business people were eager to make a real difference to South Africa’s green evolution.
The fund facilitated new investments in projects yielding both environmental and economic benefits and encouraging a greener way of thinking among the South African population. It also enabled communities to respond to key environmental challenges such as climate change and water security, as well as take advantage of opportunities in the green economy.
The company noted that, while it was confident of new projects joining the Zimele Green Fund by July 2012, the large number of interested applicants resulted in a lengthy process for funding approvals.
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