Press release FITA 11 July 2018

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Press release – FITA – For Immediate Release

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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FITA PRESS RELEASE 2 FEBRUARY 2018

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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
farmers, which farmers have long been exploited by foreign multinationals, and wish to reply
in connection thereto as follows:
The simple reality is that whilst illicit manufacturing and smuggling may ...

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STEINHOFF, AND HOW MANY OTHERS?

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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 of attorneys to conduct investigations on their behalf in respect of allegations which included corruption, money-laundering, tax evasion, unfair trade practices, and undue influence over state officials.

We have written to the ...

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