TOBACCO CONFLATION – TWO IS NOT ALWAYS ONE

Lest we hastily forget the lessons learnt from the recent controversies surrounding a buzz-phrase invented by a foreign PR firm created to misdirect attention from unwanted interrogation, perhaps we should question every attempt at a buzz phrase: The narrative of “smuggling” and “Illegal cigarette manufacturers” in the tobacco industry has […]

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The BAT whistle-blower: Francois van der Westhuizen

The man who blew the whistle on the alleged racket of bribes relating to British American Tobacco (BAT) says he and his wife still get death threats. “Often, my wife will be in a shopping centre and guys who’ve clearly followed her will tell her they’re going to come get […]

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British American Tobacco ‘bribed’ police – affidavit

Johannesburg – JSE-listed conglomerate British American Tobacco (BAT) and the private security firm it has contracted have been accused of running a scheme of bribing South African police officers, spying on competitors using police cameras, and even sourcing confidential business information on one of its rivals from officials in the […]

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SARS Wars: The Empire strikes back with a few omissions, innuendos and errors

It took a while, but SARS on Tuesday finally broke its silence around tensions between current commissioner Tom Moyane and Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan. But the statement from the revenue service, clearly an attempt at fending off the political blowback, contains a few omissions, oversights and errors. By MARIANNE […]

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