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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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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STEINHOFF, AND HOW MANY OTHERS?

The Steinhoff saga is not the first instance of large corporation engaging in irregular/unlawful activity. We are only scratching at the surface. Last year we brought to light evidence of rogue spies, money laundering and unlawful surveillance by certain multinationals. The multinational concerned publicly announced it had instructed a firm […]

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PUBLIC INTEREST HAS BAT RUNNING SCARED

FITA has noted Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, intends to have the Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act submitted to cabinet for approval in early 2018. FITA encourages engagement with local manufacturers by government on the amendments, and whole-heartedly rejects BAT South Africa’s heavy handed bullying tactics and threats to government with […]

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FITA WELCOMES PIC STANCE ON BAT

Business Day article, titled “PIC vetoes BAT political donations”, dated 02/11/2017, refers. FITA’s long standing position that BAT is playing unfairly in the tobacco industry is validified by the above article. The PIC has stepped in to stop what appears to be attempts to have agency over state officials, political […]

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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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