South Africa: Sephaku Cement estimates it will have to pay up to US$2.8m/yr as part of South Africa’s new carbon tax. The new tax started in June 2019. The subsidiary of Nigeria’s Dangote Cement said that it would apply the tax on its products based on the proportion of clinker per tonne. This would work out at between a 1.5% and 2.5% price increases on lower strength and high strength cement respectively.
In a financial report to 31 March 2019 the cement producer said that its cement sales volumes fell by 6.4% year-on-year due to low cement demand was exacerbated by increases in value added tax (VAT) and fuel prices during the first and last quarter of its financial year. Its sales revenue fell by 3.1% to US$162m and its net profit rose to US$9.08m but only due to a tax credit.