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25 September 2017 20:41 (South Africa)

Car manufacturers moan about new tax, miss point

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA is warning that the poor, overburdened consumer will have to pay the cost on a tax increase based on the carbon emissions of each model, and is angling for a delay in its implementation on that basis. The adjusted ad valorum tax is due in March, if implemented, and will penalise inefficient engines with a price increase of between 2% and 8%. The manufacturers don’t seem to grasp the concept of a penalty tax; consumers are supposed to pay more if they choose a less efficient vehicle, guys. Also, while this is a nice try it isn’t going to redirect buyer anger over continued high car prices in the direction of government.

Read more: Business Report

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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