The Carbon Tax Bill is on President Ramaphosa’s desk waiting to be signed but mining companies are trying to pressure the President into delaying signing the bill . We may not call it climate chaos but across Mzansi we are all suffering from drought, floods, poisoned rivers and dirty air caused by big polluters- especially mining companies. Our Government must put the climate crisis and destructive polluters in Mzansi higher on the political agenda.
President Ramaphosa said, “If South Africa is a country that prioritises the interests of the poor and the vulnerable, then we need to act with greater urgency to respond to the effects of climate change and make our contribution to preventing it.” With so many environmental disasters, we are facing a climate emergency. It’s important now that we hold him to these commitments before we run out of time. Let’s send a message to President Ramaphosa- polluters should be forced to pay for the destruction they’re doing to our environment, our health and livelihoods. If enough of us come together, President Ramaphosa will have no choice but to sign the Carbon Tax bill into law.
Help ensure big polluters pay for the destruction they’re causing. Join the campaign by signing the petition. The money raised from the Carbon Tax can be used to provide important disaster relief to communities affected by climate chaos, like those who are losing their homes due to floods, and a National Health Insurance that ensures people who are getting sick from pollution have access to important, life-saving healthcare.
Across South Africa, mining companies continue to destroy our environment, speed up climate chaos* and harm local communities. 118 mines are getting away with polluting rivers and major waterways that many South Africans rely on for drinking water and their livelihoods .
In Snake Park many children are born with cerebral palsy and residents suffer from breathing and skin problems because of mining pollution . When mining companies abandon old, empty mines they often don’t follow regulations meant to keep those living around mines safe from pollution and radiation. This means they leave behind dangerous pollutants, chemicals, metals and radiation which is dangerous for local communities, such as Snake Park in Soweto.
Africa is the continent most vulnerable to the climate crisis and we’re already seeing the disastrous effects. Cyclone Adai, which killed over 1000 and affected 3 million people , and the recent floods in Durban  have shown we’re running out of time. By putting pressure on President Ramaphosa to sign the bill and implement the Carbon Tax, we can ensure mining companies are forced to pay for polluting our environment and start mining in less harmful ways.
*We are using more assertive language to describe what is happening to the Earth to ensure we are being scientific but also portraying how drastic the climate crisis and the humxn catastrophe it presents. See this article for more information: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/17/why-the-guardian-is-changing-the-language-it-uses-about-the-environment
 Minerals Council calls for delay of at least five years in carbon tax implementation, Rebecca Campbell for Engineering News April 2019
 Big increase in mine water pollution, Mark Olalde and Andiswa Matikinca for The Mail & Guardian May 2019
 “There Is Something Sick In The Area”, Fatima Moosa for The Daily Vox April 2019
 At least 51 confirmed dead in KZN floods - reports, Correspondent for News24 April 2019