Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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14 Apr 2021
4:19 pm

Tobacco industry using state capture era tactics – former Sars boss

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

This time around, warns Loggerenberg, industry players have to admit that they all contributed to the malaise in the industry and a clean slate is in order

Former Sars group executive Johann van Loggerenberg. Picture: Gallo Images / Alet Pretorius

  Rivalry in the South African cigarette industry has regressed to the tactics of the so-called state capture era, says former tax boss Johan van Loggerenberg. The mud-slinging between the Fair-trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA) and British American Tobacco’s (BAT's) South African subsidiary Batsa appears to have been brought on by a volatile market in the Covid-19 period which has culminated in an all-out price war between smaller independent cigarette brands and the multinationals. Also Read: FITA welcomes tobacco ruling, bemoans surge in illicit cigarette trade But lessons should be learned from when rivals came to blows during the 2013-14...