Press release FITA 10 April 2019

Press release – FITA – for immediate release We note the recent press statement by multinational British American Tobacco which, true to form, arrogantly dismisses a claim by the South African Revenue Service (“SARS”) that they owe the receiver R 143 million for alleged tax fraud after the company received undue […]

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Press release FITA 11 March 2019

Press release – FITA – for immediate release We note the recent court ruling by the Honourable Malopa J in the Gauteng Provincial Division held at Pretoria in the urgent court application brought by one of our members, Gold Leaf Tobacco Corporation (“GLTC”) against the spokesperson of the #TakeBackTheTax campaign […]

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Press release FITA 07 March 2019

Press release – FITA – for immediate release FITA notes with concern a new strategy, in addition to the plethora of other failed strategies that is being driven by an organization which represents foreign interests, and which misleadingly claims to represent the legal tobacco sector in South Africa, and some […]

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Press release FITA 05 March 2019

  Press release – FITA – for immediate release We wish to bring to the public’s attention a matter of great concern which has seen some of our law enforcement agencies of late returning to practices of a dark period in our past where they were captured by big tobacco […]

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Press release FITA 20 February 2019

Press release – FITA – for immediate release The Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association (“FITA”) notes the recently delivered National Budget Speech by Honourable Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni earlier today. We commend the Honourable Minister’s announcement that the new Illicit Economy Unit which was launched in August 2018 will fight […]

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12 FEBRUARY 2019 BUDGET SPEECH TIPS MEDIA RELEASE

To:  THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF FINANCE Attention: MINISTER TITO MBOWENI Per e-mail: Budgettips@treasury.gov.za Dear Honourable Minister BUDGET TIPS 2019   The Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association (“FITA”) has noted your recent request for tips from the public at large in relation to your upcoming budget speech. One of the main problems […]

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Press release FITA 25 January 2019

Press release – FITA – for immediate release The Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association (“FITA”) wishes to laud the formation of the Black Tobacco Farmers Association (“BTFA”). One of the main problems with the South African economy is that it remains largely untransformed and largely controlled by the same companies, institutions […]

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Press release FITA 20 December 2018

Press release – FITA – for immediate release FITA has been vindicated by two groundbreaking research papers on corporate tax avoidance in South Africa. These have found that the authorities have grossly underestimated the scale of unlawful profit shifting out of the country. It conservatively amounts to R8bn a year […]

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Press release FITA 12 December 2018

Press release – FITA – for immediate release Over the last few months multinational tobacco companies have embarked on an aggressive media campaign on the back of the controversial and misleading IPSOS report highlighting, amongst others, the negative effects of the illicit trade in cigarettes on the economy and the […]

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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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