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Illegal cigarette consignment to be destroyed
Illegal cigarette consignment to be destroyedArticle

Government's renewed vigour to eliminate illegal tobacco imports and exports will be demonstrated on Friday when a multi-department operation will see 12 million cigarettes being destroyed...

8 Apr 2021

Illegal traders to profit from excise tax increase - tobacco alliance
Illegal traders to profit from excise tax increase - tobacco allianceArticle

"Ridiculous" is how the South Africa Tobacco Transformation Alliance has described the 8% increase in the excise charged on tobacco products...

25 Feb 2021

Post-Covid world needs new approaches to tobacco taxes
Post-Covid world needs new approaches to tobacco taxesArticle

As South Africa prepares to hear Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's medium-term budget speech this week, it is becoming increasingly clear that the country needs a new post-Covid approach to the tobacco industry and the growing illicit tobacco sector.

Zacharia Motsumi 27 Oct 2020

Webinar: Don't blame SA's booming illegal cigarette trade on lockdown alone
Webinar: Don't blame SA's booming illegal cigarette trade on lockdown aloneArticle

In a webinar held by PSG, Jacques Pauw, author of The President's Keepers, told viewers the lockdown is only part of the reason the illegal cigarette trade in SA is thriving...

8 Jul 2020

Screen grab from the ad.
#OrchidsandOnions: Spot the local charmArticle

The new Kia ad is pure homegrown excellence. But Japan Tobacco International gets an Onion for slick, but misleading, advertising...

Brendan Seery 29 Jul 2019

What do South Africans think about SA's proposed Tobacco Bill?
What do South Africans think about SA's proposed Tobacco Bill?Article

The general public views the burgeoning growth of illegal cigarette sales in the country as of far greater importance to address, than Government's proposed plain packaging for tobacco products...

23 Jul 2019

Professor Jannie Rossouw
South Africa to reach the fiscal cliff by 2042Article

If South Africa doesn't change its ways and back up the Budget Speech with concrete actions the country will reach the fiscal cliff by 2042...

21 Feb 2019

Mark Kingon, Sars acting commissioner
Tobacco industry commits to working with SarsArticle

The fight against illicit trade in cigarettes and other tobacco products has received a boost Sars, Tisa and the Fita agreeing to work together...

16 Aug 2018

Sars Customs intensify searches at borders
Sars Customs intensify searches at bordersArticle

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) Customs is intensifying it search in all the country's borders with more criminal cases opened against suspects for allegedly being in possession of explosives and illicit cigarettes...

26 Jul 2018

What can we expect from the new Tobacco Bill and its ripple effect?
What can we expect from the new Tobacco Bill and its ripple effect?Article

The proposed Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill is intended to replace the 1993 Tobacco Control Act, but is imposing a number of highly restrictive regulations...

Andrew Neumann 18 Jun 2018

Outdoor Network's burning billboard keeps it legal
Outdoor Network's burning billboard keeps it legalArticle

An eye-popping ‘burning billboard' for British American Tobacco South Africa draws attention to the problem with smoking illegal cigarettes...

Issued by Provantage Media Group 28 Aug 2017

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BAT revenue rises but profit and market share fallArticle

British American Tobacco (BAT) complained of "the growth in illicit trade" causing its South African cigarette sales and profits to decline...

Robert Laing 28 Jul 2017

SARS seizes illegal cigarettes worth R18m
SARS seizes illegal cigarettes worth R18mArticle

Suspected illegal cigarettes worth R18 million were seized at the weekend in Johannesburg, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) said on Tuesday...

21 Feb 2017

South Africa in top 5 of illegal cigarette smuggling
South Africa in top 5 of illegal cigarette smugglingArticle

The illegal tobacco trade is a growing scourge that requires greater co-operation and collaboration by all stakeholders to stamp it out...

2 Jun 2015

Illegal cigarettes damage more than our health
Illegal cigarettes damage more than our healthArticle

This World No-Tobacco Day, WHO and the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa want to highlight how illicit tobacco products impacts on South Africans' health by fuelling smoking in under-privileged areas and in our youth...

26 May 2015

'SA's reputation is going up in smoke'
'SA's reputation is going up in smoke'Article

South Africa's reputation is going up in smoke. The country has been identified as one of the five with the highest incidence of trade in illicit cigarettes...

25 Nov 2014

Trade in illicit cigarettes hits tax revenue
Trade in illicit cigarettes hits tax revenueArticle

About 5bn cigarettes are being produced illegally in SA each year and sold at prices well below those of legitimate, tax-paying businesses, according to estimates from the tobacco industry.

Linda Ensor 29 Apr 2014

Illegal cigarettes light up crime
Illegal cigarettes light up crimeArticle

Big companies in narcotics trafficking are shifting their focus to the illicit tobacco trade - with about 30% of all cigarettes consumed in this country come from illicit deals - causing the government to lose billions of rands in taxes every year.

Nashira Davids 13 Jan 2014

Illegal cigarettes burn up R12bn in taxes
Illegal cigarettes burn up R12bn in taxesArticle

More than a million packets of illegal cigarettes were sold every day in South Africa last year.

4 Oct 2013

Tobacco prohibition - back to bootlegging?Article

Commenting on World No Tobacco Day, British-American Tobacco points out that people will continue to smoke even if the legal tobacco industry was forced out of existence - product would be replaced by the criminal cartels already operating in the industry.

3 Jun 2013

33 sheebens say cheersArticle

Police closed down 33 illegal shebeens across Gauteng over the weekend

24 Dec 2012

Felix Kessel
'Illegal cigarette' awareness campaign may get more people smokingArticle

Perhaps not to the same degree as yesteryear and even if the message is somewhat more sinister, cigarettes have once again made it back onto the billboards and interrupted our daily journeys once again. Instead of the old lifestyle positioning, the message is all ominous: "Buying Illegal Cigarettes Funds Organised Crime!"

Felix Kessel 15 Aug 2011

Illegal cigarettes confiscated in GautengArticle

Customs officials from SARS, together with members of SAPS, recovered over 10 million illegal cigarettes in various interventions in Gauteng over the last two weeks.

12 Aug 2011

Five million counterfeit cigarettes destroyed
Five million counterfeit cigarettes destroyedArticle

Today, Friday 24 June 2011, the Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa (TISA) will assist SARS with the destruction of over 5 million counterfeit cigarettes (more than 500 master cases) bearing Philip Morris International trademarks that were seized in the port of Durban in 2008. The destruction will take place at Oricol Environmental Services in Briardene.

24 Jun 2011

Illegal cigarette haul of R75 000
Illegal cigarette haul of R75 000Article

Nine different brands of illegal cigarettes were seized in two interventions by SARS customs officials and SAPS in raids on retailers. The brands, Admiral, Chicago, Director, Dullahs, Mega, Remington Gold, Sevilles, Yes and Voyager, totalling 110 000 cigarettes, were seized from two retailers in Hercules and eight in Pretoria.

11 Apr 2011

An open letter to British American Tobacco
An open letter to British American TobaccoArticle

In the advent of a series of open letters going around lately, especially regarding racism, I also have decided to use this opportunity to write to British American Tobacco while the social media hashtags on racism are still hot.

Banele Rewo 22 Mar 2011

100 million fake cigarettes destroyed
100 million fake cigarettes destroyedArticle

Officials destroyed fake cigarettes worth R100 million last week. The destruction operation, which was carried by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and the Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa (TISA) in Spings, saw over 100 million cigarette sticks being destroyed.

6 Feb 2011

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