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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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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