South Africa

South Africa’s Tobacco Tax Mess

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South Africa, one of the largest cigarette markets in Sub-Saharan Africa, has maneuvered itself into an unsavory tax-dodging situation unique in the world. Read more


South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has approved British American Tobacco’s proposed takeover of e-cigarette maker Twisp. Read more


The Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa says a rushed new system for tracking cigarettes would see a multi-billion tender awarded to a monopoly yet may fail to curb illegal cigarette trade. Read more


Francois van der Merwe, chair of the Tobacco Institute of South Africa,  has defended the institute’s tobacco company members, saying none of its members have ever fallen foul of their tax obligations in South Africa. Read more


The Black Tobacco Farmers Association was introduced to the industry in late January 2019. Read more


A report by the Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa conducted by Ipsos on the market share of illicit cigarettes in the country has revealed illicit cigarettes are South Africa’s biggest tobacco brand. Read more


Traders, farmers, and unionized workers have joined the industry pushback against the government’s proposed new tobacco laws, saying they will harm businesses and lead to thousands of jobs lost. Read more


Scientists at University of Cape Town have created synthetic viruses in plants which are used to test the efficacy of vaccines. Read more


From the Associate editor

Reflections and Resolutions

An eventful year for an industry undergoing changes, and more to come.

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