February 19, 2019 / 3:09 PM / 7 months ago

South African parliament approves long-delayed carbon tax bill

MPs gather in Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa’s parliament on Tuesday approved the long-delayed carbon tax bill as it seeks to reduce harmful carbon emissions in Africa’s most industrialised and polluting country.

Big energy users including Sibanye-Stillwater and ArcelorMittal’s local unit have opposed plans by South Africa to enact carbon tax laws in 2019, arguing the levies are unaffordable and should be scrapped or delayed.

Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Editing by Tiisetso Motsoeneng

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