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WWF welcomes signing of Carbon Tax Act in South Africa

WWF welcomes the signing of the Carbon Tax Act 2019 into law.

The new Carbon Tax Act, which was gazetted on 23 May 2019, aims to limit carbon emissions. By signing it into law, President Cyril Ramaphosa has communicated the urgent need for action around the climate crisis.

When it was first mooted in 2010, the idea of a carbon tax faced heavy resistance from high emitters. While there is still much to be done for the tax to become more effective, we recognise this is a significant first step.

We look forward to more stringent action from the government, including the passage of the Climate Change Bill and policy alignment. This speaks to the urgency demanded by the younger generation whose climate action protests have resonated around the world.

Dr Morné du Plessis, CEO of WWF South Africa, commented: “We commend the President for putting wheels to this long overdue issue. The purpose of the tax is to improve human health, contribute to climate commitments and give resilience to the environment as much as to the economy. During the second phase, we will have to ramp up our transition ambitions significantly.”

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