GTNF 2013

Commentators have already the dubbed Global Tobacco Networking Forum (GTNF) the “Davos” of tobacco, after the prestigious World Economic Forum meetings in Switzerland—and for a good reason. From a humble experiment in Rio de Janeiro in 2008, the GTNF has grown into a force to be reckoned with on the […]

Read more

TAX TALK: It makes tax sense to hit smokers hard

The inevitable sin tax increase to be announced in the national budget speech on February 27 will probably take the sin tax component to R11 a pack or 55c a cigarette. THERE is an old lady sitting on a bench outside the retirement home holding an unlit half-smoked cigarette. “Please […]

Read more

Noose to tighten on contraband cigarettes

THE Ministry of Finance is to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa (TISA) before the end of this month to curb illegal imports and trading in contraband cigarettes and other tobacco products. The MoU will forge greater collaboration between the ministry’s directorate of […]

Read more

How cigarette smuggling fuels Africa’s Islamist violence

Contrabrand tobacco is a $1bn trade in north Africa, run by extremists including Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who masterminded the attack on the Algerian gas plant. The trade is highly profitable – and very low risk. For many years Mokhtar Belmokhtar was little more than a footnote in the intelligence reports analysing […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

Security firm directors to spend Xmas behind bars

Two directors of TICOZ Protection Ser­vices accused of supplying information that led to the ambush off two Savanna Tobacco Zimbabwe trucks carrying cigarettes worth over R5 million, will spend Christmas Holi­day behind bars while the other director was freed. Savanna Tobacco reportedly lost more than R18 million worth of cigarettes […]

Read more

British American Tobacco sees smokeless future with CN Creative

Tobacco giant buys electronic cigarette maker. British American Tobacco has bought a company that is developing the next generation of electronic cigarettes designed to help smokers to quit. The purchase of CN Creative yesterday marks the first British acquisition of an e-cigarette company by a one of the big tobacco […]

Read more

Espionage suspects remanded in custody

THREE directors of TICOZ Protection Services accused of supplying information which led to the robbery of two Savanna Tobacco Zimbabwe trucks carrying cigarettes worth over R5 million yesterday appeared in court facing three counts of conspiracy to commit robbery. Hosea Manzunzu (46), Tarwireyi Tirivavi (48) and Tinashe Dekeya (35) were […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more