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Key Changes in the Finance Act 2021

On 8 December, the National Assembly received the 2021 Finance Bill (the Bill) for consideration and eventual passage. As a build-on of the 2020 version, the Bill seeks to amend multiple laws such as the; the Capital Gains Act; Stamp Duties Act, Personal Income Tax Act; Companies Income Tax Act; Tertiary Education Trust Fund (Establishment Act) etc.

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Germany to Phase out Coal by 2030

Germany intends to phase out coal use by 2030, eight years sooner than previously envisaged. The country intends to generate 80 percent of its electricity through renewable sources in the same year. According to the BBC, Olaf Scholz, the Social Democratic Party’s leader, unveiled the idea in November 2021 as part of a pact that would see the former vice-chancellor, who would succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor, lead a three-way coalition with the Greens and Free Democrats.

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South Africa Secures $8.5billion to Quit Coal – a Partnership Towards a Just Energy Transition

At the COP26 Summit, South Africa announced that it secured  $8.5 billion in grants and low-interest loans over the next five years. The program, which is funded by the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and the European Union, aims to achieve the lower bound of South Africa’s Paris Agreement emission targets, which aim to limit global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees celsius above pre-industrial levels.

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