The Department of Environmental Affairs invites interested parties to submit written comments on the proposed draft Climate Change Bill

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2018-07-16 16:14:45 +02:00
No to this bill.
No to this stupid proposal.
2018-07-13 15:47:42 +02:00
No to this bill.
NO NO what is this?
2018-07-13 12:31:36 +02:00
No to this bill.
I say no to this bill. We pay enough tax in this country
2018-07-13 07:29:24 +02:00
No to this bill.
The Great Global Warming Swindle:

We don't need another tax / carbon credit tax destroying the African dream.

If "clean energy" is so great, then why haven't the "industrialised" nations already converted?

Africa will be the biggest loser with the carbon tax. Why is the ANC seeking to introduce this here in SA?


The "Guptas" haven't left, they've just changed shape.
2018-07-12 07:47:44 +02:00
No to this bill.
Cyclical climate change is normal - just look back in history.
I agree that responsible practices need to be followed by companies, factories, etc but citizens should NEVER be taxed for their 'carbon footprint'. There are a number of inventions that don't rely on fossil fuels. These have been bought out (with the inventors silenced) and buried by the oil companies in order to ensure their continued profit margins - these companies need to be taken to task and taxed until it becomes unprofitable to use fossil fuels.

Culprits of human 'climate change':
Carbon and other bad emmissions: companies
Plastic filling up our oceans: companies
Drinking water contamination: companies

Stop government corruption and use the funds to drive the economy and jobs in the sustainable energy, water, waste and other ideas. Why should a minister drive around in a luxury sedan when a perfectly functioning entry-level sedan will do?

NO to taxing the hard-working, already tax-paying citizen!
2018-07-11 11:51:03 +02:00
No to this bill.
another tax cost to an already over burdened population with no real benefit. this smacks again of another way to enrich a few at the expense of the many
2018-07-09 17:22:24 +02:00
No to this bill.
We need to save our environment but it is amazing how it always comes back to taxing the citizen - this should be controlled by the manufacturers who bring in the cars to ensure they are safe tot he environment. Government drives these big 4 X 4's and I bet they don't pay the tax it is passed back to the taxpayer to cover their costs.
2018-07-09 15:40:35 +02:00
No to this bill.
Carbon tax from cars will be irrelevant in 10yrs. Cars already have lower emissions due to the pressure of going green. Thinking about it, the tax would affect our unique South African transportation system in a very bad way. Costs will rise and not just for higher income groups. The lower groups will feel the extra costs and impact their already delicate lifestyle.
What about the affect on businesses whose business is to transport, or who have a large quantity of stock to transport. Will you penalize them from making their income?
1. Cars are carbon concious
2. Effect on businesses and the transport system-no ready alternatives
3. COSTS to everyone. More tax to the government.
2018-07-08 23:38:29 +02:00
Yes to this bill.
We need to look after our environment. We need to also look after our green economy
2018-07-08 09:38:52 +02:00
No to this bill.


  • The bill determines that all persons must submit a climate change plan and will be allocated a Carbon Budget by the Minister. Those failing to comply will face fines of up to R10 million and/or 10 years imprisonment.
  • The purpose of the Bill is to build an effective climate change response and ensure the long-term, just transition to a climate resilient and lower carbon economy and society.
  • This will be done within the context of sustainable development for South Africa, and will provide for all matters related to climate change.
  • The Bill acknowledges that anthropogenic climate change represents an urgent threat to human societies and the environment, and requires an effective, progressive and well-coordinated  response.
  • It further highlights that, amongst others, anticipated domestic climate change impacts have the potential to undermine the country’s development goals, and that responses to climate change raise unique challenges, thus requiring a legislative framework for the implementation of the country’s national climate change response.
  • The National Climate Change Bills addresses issues related institutional and coordination arrangement across the three spheres of government namely national, provincial and local.
  • It further highlights the need for the spheres of government and entities, sectors as well business to respond to challenges of  climate change.
  • The bill further address the matters relating to, the national adaptation to impacts of climate change, greenhouse gas emissions and removals, and policy alignment and institutional arrangements.

The objects of the proposed Act are to:

  • Provide for the  coordinated and integrated response to climate change and its impacts by all spheres of government in accordance with the principles of cooperative governance;
  • Provide for the effective management of inevitable climate change impacts through enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change, with a view to building social, economic, and environmental resilience and an adequate national adaptation response in the context of the global climate change response;  and to
  • Make a fair contribution to the global effort to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that avoids dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system within a timeframe and in a manner that enables economic, employment, social and environmental development to proceed in a sustainable manner.
Climate change bill


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