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SA carbon tax finally becomes law

The first phase of the tax carries rate of R120 per tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent.
The tax has been postponed at least three times after mining companies, steelmakers and Eskom said it would erode profit and push up electricity prices. Picture: Supplied

South Africa’s long-delayed carbon tax has been enshrined in law, the treasury said on Sunday, as one of the continent’s worst polluters transitions to lower emissions in its efforts to meet agreements on global climate change.

The tax was first mooted in 2010 but has been postponed at least three times after mining companies, steelmakers and state-owned power utility Eskom said it would erode profit and push up electricity prices.

Read: Big energy users oppose SA’s proposed carbon tax law

The first phase of the tax is from June 1 to December 2022, with a tax rate of R120 per tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent.

Allowable tax breaks will reduce the effective rate to between R6 and R48 per tonne of CO2, National Treasury said in a statement after the tax was signed in to law by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

“A review of the impact of the tax will be conducted before the second phase and will take into account the progress made to reduce GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions in line with our National Determined Contribution,” the treasury said.

The second phase will run from 2023 to 2030.

Big energy users including Sibanye-Stillwater and ArcelorMittal’s South African operation had previously opposed plans to enact carbon tax laws, saying the levies are unaffordable and should be scrapped or delayed.

Local and overseas climate activists, however, believe the tax response falls short of emissions targets the country signed up for in the 2015 Paris Agreement. The tax is considered “highly insufficient” by the Climate Action Tracker group.

The treasury said it does not expect the tax to push up electricity prices.

Ailing state power company Eskom, which has implemented nationwide blackouts this year, was granted a near 10% tariff increase for 2019 by the regulator but has complained that the increase will not solve its deep cash crunch.



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Suddenly we give a hoot about the environment? Or we just can’t resist the attraction of another tax?

More taxpayer money to abuse

Let us hope the proceeds get ring-fenced for appropriate application (i.e. to further develop the green economy and green alternatives), rather than looted or thrown at social welfare recipients.

Wishful thinking?

Kind of needed though, given the rampant pollution by Eskom and some mining companies. Will Eskom be exempt? Most probably for the next five years (at least) or so while it gets “fixed”.

…wishful thinking 🙁

All types of taxes/revenue collected, be it Individual or Company tax, VAT, PAYE, Customs, Fuel levies, etc all ends up in Treasury’s main account. Slush account 😉

From there it gets redistributed according to the national Budget, annually in Feb.

If govt cared a fig for the environment we would never have built coal fired power stations in the first place. But we don’t care now and never have.

So coming up with a carbon tax just adds insult to injury.

It’s another outstandingly bad decision; totally on par with the etolling debacle.

There is no global warming this “Global Warming ” (Oh they don’t say that anymore WHY?) is a hoax to bleed countries and their people of what money they can get.The Paris climate accord is nothing but a “promise to try” paper.

Ai well lets see who ends up paying..

is Sasol still the single biggest producer of CO2 in the southern hemisphere??

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