PUBLIC INTEREST HAS BAT RUNNING SCARED

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FITA has noted Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, intends to have the Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act submitted to cabinet for approval in early 2018.

FITA encourages engagement with local manufacturers by government on the amendments, and whole-heartedly rejects BAT South Africa’s heavy handed bullying tactics and threats to government with regard to measures ...

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FITA WELCOMES PIC STANCE ON BAT

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Business Day article, titled “PIC vetoes BAT political donations”, dated 02/11/2017, refers.

FITA’s long standing position that BAT is playing unfairly in the tobacco industry is validified by the above article.

The PIC has stepped in to stop what appears to be attempts to have agency over state officials, political parties, and government policy.

FITA commends that the PIC has vetoed attempts by BAT to seek means to extend donations to political organisations and persons of influence. We wish to point out that ...

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TOBACCO CONFLATION – TWO IS NOT ALWAYS ONE

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Lest we hastily forget the lessons learnt from the recent controversies surrounding a buzz-phrase invented by a foreign PR firm created to misdirect attention from unwanted interrogation, perhaps we should question every attempt at a buzz phrase:

The narrative of “smuggling” and “Illegal cigarette manufacturers” in the tobacco industry has been subject of a significant media spend by the big players in the industry. Whilst the Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association (“FITA”) fully supports, and benefits from, the crackdown on illegal sales, ...

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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 ...

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British American Tobacco ‘bribed’ police – affidavit

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Johannesburg – JSE-listed conglomerate British American Tobacco (BAT) and the private security firm it has contracted have been accused of running a scheme of bribing South African police officers, spying on competitors using police cameras, and even sourcing confidential business information on one of its rivals from officials in the SA Revenue Service (Sars).

The latest explosive allegations against BAT are contained in a sworn affidavit made by a former employee of Forensic Security Services (FSS), a private security outfit run ...

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British American Tobacco ‘bribed’ police – affidavit

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Johannesburg – JSE-listed conglomerate British American Tobacco (BAT) and the private security firm it has contracted have been accused of running a scheme of bribing South African police officers, spying on competitors using police cameras, and even sourcing confidential business information on one of its rivals from officials in the SA Revenue Service (Sars).

The latest explosive allegations against BAT are contained in a sworn affidavit made by a former employee of Forensic Security Services (FSS), a private security outfit run ...

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Battle for heart and soul of the SA economy

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Connect the dots. A story that all South Africans should be worried about is the intervention of Johan Rupert, known as the don of the Stellenbosch mafia, in the reversal of the appointment of Des Van Rooyen as the minister of finance last year. Sources say on President Jacob Zuma’s announcement, Rupert flew to South Africa from London the next morning and summoned Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to a meeting. Accompanied by bankers including Absa’s ...

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SARS Wars: The Empire strikes back with a few omissions, innuendos and errors

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It took a while, but SARS on Tuesday finally broke its silence around tensions between current commissioner Tom Moyane and Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan. But the statement from the revenue service, clearly an attempt at fending off the political blowback, contains a few omissions, oversights and errors. By MARIANNE THAMM.

 

NB: Dates are important to bear in mind.

Before June 11, 2014 the notion or the concept of a “rogue unit” had not yet entered the public lexicon or had ...

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FITA Press Release 2 of 2016

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OFFICIAL FITA Press Release – 4 February 2016:

In our January 2016 press statement, we alluded to evidence of instances which point to various practices by certain role-players in the tobacco industry that speak to unfair treatment of some by the state, preferential treatment in other cases and various anti-competitive practices. We now wish to elaborate on these.

Quite clearly, the practice of aggressive tax-base erosion and its devastating effects on our economy in other economic sectors have drawn significant interest in ...

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The secret bribes of big tobacco paper trail

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The BBC’s Panorama programme has spent five months investigating bribery at British American Tobacco.

BAT says it conducts its business with honesty, integrity and transparency, and has strict anti-bribery rules. But the BBC obtained hundreds of documents that reveal how BAT employees bribed politicians, public officials and even people working for a rival company in Africa. The documents appear to show:

  • Bribes to public officials
  • Bribes to MPs
  • Bribes to damage a rival company

BAT says it ...

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