Mutoba Ngoma is the Director of a bio-fuel business in Lusaka Zambia called Tapera Industries. Mutoba and his father, Capt. Gilbert Ngoma are the founders of the business. They became interested in bio-diesel when Zambia went through a diesel shortage period in 2005 due to reduced importation, at that time he was studying manufacture engineering at central Sussex College in Crawley, UK.

While watching a documentary on renewable energy in Brazil he became inspired to find out whether or not Zambia could develop the same renewable energy and make their own equipment. His first mission on his return to Zambia was to change the mind set of those around him. The Zambian government had started making head way towards recognizing bio-fuels and Tapera Industries decided to proceed to manufacture using their schematics, they also started collecting used cooking oil from a local restaurant and inadvertently created a waste management program for the restaurant.

In 2007 after producing a batch of approximately 50 litres of bio-diesel, they had no way of knowing whether or not it was fit for car use. Two years later and after testing they managed to produce an automotive fuel that worked. They registered the business as Tapera Industries, Tapera is translated as 'we have finished', while they interpreted it as 'we have completed the journey'.

They have registered with the Bio-fuel Association of Zambia and the Zambia Development Agency; enabling them to be well informed on the latest happenings in the industry.

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Contact

Mutoba Ngoma
mutoban at gmail.com, mutoba2001 at yahoo.com
+260 979 587544
Gilbert Ngoma
zyhengu at yahoo.co.uk

Edna Ngoma
+260 977 636329