FITA Press Release – 18 September 2018

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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. The right to a reply is a constitutional right, and should be respected. But the response by TISA head, Mr François van der Merwe does little to address the real issues. ...

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Press release – FITA 10 September 2018

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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 public relations campaigns launched by the Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa and its members recently, wherein which they sought to rely on a supposed study conducted by Ipsos and trying to ...

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Press release FITA 05 September 2018

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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, KPMG, SAP and Bain & Company. Common to all is how they purport to have launched “internal investigations” which ultimately are never made public.

British American Tobacco, a multi-national in the tobacco industry, has ...

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Press release FITA 11 July 2018

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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, although a problem, pales in comparison to the vast amounts of profits which
leave our shores as a result of the local tobacco industry being monopolised by foreign
owned multinationals who ...

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Press release FITA July 2018

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FITA is aware of a particular “strategy” that has been circulated by an organization which
represents foreign interests and which misleadingly claims to represent the legal tobacco
sector in South Africa and some of its members. Amongst other things, this “strategy”
specifically states that the intention is to “target” FITA members, and to do so by among other
things “Securing regional and national front page headlines” and to “influence the
media…” FITA is ...

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Press release FITA 01 June 2018

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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 represents the interests of 3 large foreign multinationals whilst masquerading as a champion for the South African fiscus and the local tobacco industry although they have been shown to only be ...

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Press release – FITA – for immediate release

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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 to its sovereignty and role to manage trade. Having said that, we believe that any policies or laws introduced in the country should and must include a consultative approach. We contend ...

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Press release FITA 19 March 2018

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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 South Africa. The views shared on this
particular broadcast were completely biased, pushed the agenda of in particular British
American Tobacco South Africa (“BAT SA”) on this particular topic (which ...

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MARCH PRESS RELEASE

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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, neither
the media, nor our law enforcement agencies seem to have any appetite to pursue and
expose credible cases of corruption, fraud, money-laundering, racketeering which implicate
primarily British American Tobacco ...

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Press release – FITA – for immediate release

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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 time now.

FITA members will make themselves available to both the SFO and OLAF in this regard and make available to them any evidence available at their disposal.

FITA believes it is now ...

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