Espionage saga: 3 arrested

THREE senior officials from a local private investigations company, TICOZ Protection Services have been arrested on allegations of corporate espionage targeting local cigarette manufacturers. Sources close to the investigations said yesterday police arrested director operations Tagwirei Tirivavi, Cosygen Tinashe Dekeya and Hosiah Manzunzu in connection with the case. “We have […]

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BAT espionage saga: When competition is anathema

The recent brouhaha over British American Tobacco (BAT) may be nothing more than shenanigans to deflect attention from the real problem. Call it a perfect storm for Zimbabwe’s tobacco industry. At the same time as the Zimbabwean government is riding roughshod for greater, more equitable, access by historically excluded groups […]

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Government aims to stub out tobacco branding

South Africa is aiming to follow Australia’s lead and compel tobacco companies to use plain packaging for their tobacco products. “We will… be testing plain packaging which means there will be no branding on tobacco products,” the Health Department’s director for health promotion, Vimla Moodley said. Briefing members of Parliament’s […]

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Group says inclusion of British/American tobacco in export scheme is ‘fraudulent’

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has asked the Senate to extend the probe of utilization of Export Expansion Grant (EEG) Scheme in the agriculture sector to the British American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN). In a statement issued in Lagos, ERA/FoEN said the demand for an extension of […]

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Investigation: Tobacco Giant, British American Tobacco, Caught In Intensive Smuggling, Corporate Espionage

Our investigation this week exposes the dirty business practices of the tobacco giant in Nigeria, South Africa and elsewhere. Barely one year after WikiLeaks made public a U.S Embassy memo detailing how Anglo-Dutch oil giant, Shell, promoted perfidy in Nigeria’s oil industry, details have emerged of how British American Tobacco […]

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Group warns African governments against ‘blackmail’ of big tobacco companies

The groups urge African countries not to back down on agreed anti-tobacco protocols.   The Network for Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT) has issued a warning to African governments to be wary of ‘front groups’ used by the tobacco industry to ‘blackmail’ governments. NATT, a network of over 50 nongovernmental […]

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BAT playing dirty, says Mugabe

Harare – President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday accused British American Tobacco [JSE:BTI] (BAT) of using criminal means to kill its major competitor, locally-owned Savanna Tobacco, in Zimbabawe. Speaking at the ongoing Economic Empowerment conference Mugabe said he had authentic information from his weekly intelligence briefings linking BAT to the disappearance of savanna […]

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BAT denies espionage allegations

Harare – BAT Zimbabwe has finally denied allegations of espionage levelled against the tobacco cigarette manufacturer by its Zimbabwean competitors. In a press statement released over the weekend the multinational company said it “strongly denies any involvement in industrial espionage and/or illegal activity that may be linked to other local […]

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INVESTIGATION: Underhand tactics, Illegal advertising raise British American Tobacco’s profits in Nigeria, Africa

The tobacco giant is benefiting from weak tobacco legislation in  Nigeria. On the afternoon of July 11, 2012, a client contacted Belinda Walter, a tobacco lawyer in Pretoria, South Africa, with a disturbing message, while she was still basking in the glory of a recent court victory over British American […]

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Sars dogs aid in huge coke busts

Cape Town – SA Revenue Service anti-drug operations proved highly successful in October, with staff and drug detector dogs sniffing out more than R7m worth of cocaine, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan revealed on Friday. A further R3.5m in illegal cigarettes was seized. Replying in writing to a parliamentary question, Gordhan […]

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