Press release FITA 30 October 2018

For immediate release: FITA has engaged with the Department of Economic Development and Competition Commission with a view to: 1. Raise multiple concerns which stifle local industry; 2. Raise concerns which threaten jobs of thousands of direct and indirect employees; 3. Present evidence of anti-competitive practices, criminal offences and unfair […]

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Press release – FITA 26 October 2018

Press release – FITA – for immediate release As previously indicated, FITA had been made aware of a new “strategy” that has been utilised by the Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa (“TISA”), an organization which represents foreign interests and which misleadingly claims to represent the legal tobacco sector in South […]

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FITA Press Release – 18 September 2018

Press release – FITA – for immediate release In response to: “Right of reply: Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa (TISA) response to M&G article. FITA has noted the attempts by TISA to respond to legitimate questions posed by the media with respect to their and their members’ orchestrated #TakeBackTheTax campaign. […]

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Press release – FITA 10 September 2018

FITA has noted with concern the various recent media exposés relating to allegations of multinationals and their organization, the Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa, and their attempts to unduly influence public perception and government policy in relation to the tobacco industry. These follow in the wake of a number of […]

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Press release FITA 05 September 2018

Press release – FITA – for immediate release   FITA stands for fair trade practices in the tobacco industry. One cannot but take note of the recent public exposures of multi-nationals and their role in regulatory and state capture in South Africa. Notably, these include international brands, McKinsey, Bell Pottinger, […]

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Press release FITA 11 July 2018

Press release – FITA – For Immediate Release We have previously stated our view on the illicit trade issue. Whilst the Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association (“FITA”) fully supports any effort by the state and affected industry stakeholders to curb smuggling and the illicit trading in cigarettes, we feel that smuggling, […]

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Press release FITA July 2018

Press release – FITA – for immediate release FITA is aware of a particular “strategy” that has been circulated by an organization which represents foreign interests and which misleadingly claims to represent the legal tobacco sector in South Africa and some of its members. Amongst other things, this “strategy” specifically […]

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Press release FITA 01 June 2018

Press release – FITA – for immediate release We note with amazement the recent comments and unsubstantiated statistics in connection with the illicit cigarette trade in the media and in public platforms attributed to one Francois van der Merwe of the Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa (“TISA”), which organization primarily […]

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Press release – FITA – for immediate release

FITA has noted Cabinet’s approval of the Tobacco Products Control Amendment Bill. We understand and accept the need for government to introduce controls and measures to deal with the trade of tobacco products as a principle. Without going into any specifics insofar the Bill, we generally support government and submit […]

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Press release FITA 19 March 2018

Press release – FITA – for immediate release We wish to voice our concerns with the content of the Afrikaans current affairs programme Fokus and in particular the episode which was aired on Sunday 18 March 2018 at 18:00 on SABC 2 in connection to the illicit tobacco trade in […]

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