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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MARCH PRESS RELEASE

Press release – FITA – for immediate release The local South African tobacco manufacturers that make up the membership FITA, and who comprise of all the major local manufacturers have been having a devil of a time in exposing the misdeeds of multi-national tobacco manufacturers. For reasons unknown to FITA, […]

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Press release – FITA – for immediate release

Press release – FITA – for immediate release FITA has taken note of the media report concerning British American Tobacco today. See: https://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2018-02-19-exclusive-tobacco-giant-usedstate-to-spy/ FITA welcomes the fact that foreign law enforcement agencies have now visibly started to act on the allegations that have been in the public domain for some […]

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FITA PRESS RELEASE 2 FEBRUARY 2018

Press release – FITA – for immediate release We note with concern the recent comments in the media attributed to one Francois van der Merwe of the Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa, which organization primarily represents the interests of 3 large foreign multinationals whilst masquerading as a champion for local […]

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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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