Press release FITA 25 January 2019

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The Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association (“FITA”) wishes to laud the formation of the Black Tobacco Farmers Association (“BTFA”).

One of the main problems with the South African economy is that it remains largely untransformed and largely controlled by the same companies, institutions and people as in the past. If we as a country and a nation are to succeed and flourish, economic transformation must be a national priority.

The tobacco industry in its own right ...

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Press release FITA 20 December 2018

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FITA has been vindicated by two groundbreaking research papers on corporate tax avoidance in South Africa. These have found that the authorities have grossly underestimated the scale of unlawful profit shifting out of the country.

It conservatively amounts to R8bn a year in foregone taxes, and some of the largest multinationals are the biggest culprits.

FITA has been drawing the attention of the authorities to the practices of BEPS for some time now in the ...

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Press release FITA 12 December 2018

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Over the last few months multinational tobacco companies have embarked on an aggressive
media campaign on the back of the controversial and misleading IPSOS report highlighting,
amongst others, the negative effects of the illicit trade in cigarettes on the economy and the
people of South Africa. It is common knowledge that we, as the Fair-Trade Independent
Tobacco Association (“FITA”), have long questioned the veracity of the aforementioned
report.
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Press release FITA 30 October 2018

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FITA has engaged with the Department of Economic Development and Competition Commission with a view to:

1. Raise multiple concerns which stifle local industry;

2. Raise concerns which threaten jobs of thousands of direct and indirect employees;

3. Present evidence of anti-competitive practices, criminal offences and unfair dealings which implicate multinational tobacco manufacturers;

4. Raise concerns that have and continue to suppress local economic growth of homegrown South African businesses.

Issued by the Fair-trade Independent Tobacco Association: 30 October 2018

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Press release – FITA 26 October 2018

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As previously indicated, FITA had been made aware of a new “strategy” that has been utilised by the Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa (“TISA”), 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 ...

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The BAT whistle-blower: Francois van der Westhuizen

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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 us,” says Francois van der Westhuizen in an interview with the Financial Mail.

“It doesn’t bother me; I’ve had plenty of threats in my life.”

Van der Westhuizen worked in the murder and ...

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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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