South Africa's carbon tax could cost Amplats up to R300m - CEO

Chris Griffith was speaking at a platinum industry conference in Johannesburg.

A file picture taken on 16 January 2013 shows a direction sign at Anglo American Platinum mine in Rustenburg, northwest of Johannesburg.  Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa’s new carbon tax could cost Anglo American Platinum up to $21 million a year from 2021 its chief executive said on Tuesday, piling pressure on an industry already grappling with higher energy and labour costs.

South Africa’s Parliament in February approved a long-delayed carbon tax bill as part of plans to reduce harmful emissions in Africa’s most industrialised and polluting country.

The bill, which was postponed at least three times since first being mooted in 2010, faces opposition from heavy energy users, including Amplats, the world’s biggest platinum producer.

On the sidelines of an industry conference in Johannesburg, chief executive Chris Griffith said the carbon tax would cost Amplats around R50 million over the next two years.

That would rise to between R200 and R300 million from 2021, from when a tax on electricity use is included.

“I’m saying to the government don’t do it,” he said.