South Africa and Nigeria are the only countries that actually have emissions standards for passenger cars; the South African government has announced that it would investigate the Volkswagen vehicles in the country.
But because there are hardly any emissions standards to speak of in Africa, the continent could become the “sink” for all the offending vehicles from Europe and North America.
The whole controversy could end up bringing air pollution standards to the forefront of many government’s agendas. There has already been a promise made by East African countries to transition to low sulphur diesel for cars, trucks and buses.
The scandal could also impact the platinum industry, of which South Africa is a major producer; according to reporting from Mail & Guardian Africa, 44 percent of platinum demand comes from devices that mitigate harmful gases from cars, particularly diesel.
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