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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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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Battle for heart and soul of the SA economy

Connect the dots. A story that all South Africans should be worried about is the intervention of Johan Rupert, known as the don of the Stellenbosch mafia, in the reversal of the appointment of Des Van Rooyen as the minister of finance last year. Sources say on President Jacob Zuma’s […]

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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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FITA Press Release 2 of 2016

OFFICIAL FITA Press Release – 4 February 2016: In our January 2016 press statement, we alluded to evidence of instances which point to various practices by certain role-players in the tobacco industry that speak to unfair treatment of some by the state, preferential treatment in other cases and various anti-competitive […]

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