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NUGENT INQUIRY CONFIRMS ILLEGAL CIGARETTE MAKERS OPERATE WITH IMPUNITY

MEDIA RELEASE: NUGENT INQUIRY CONFIRMS ILLEGAL CIGARETTE MAKERS OPERATE WITH IMPUNITY For Immediate Release Wednesday 17 October 2018 #TakeBackTheTax welcomes the publication of the Nugent Inquiry report which confirms what it has been telling the public all along – that there is rampant tax evasion in the tobacco industry – as a direct result of […]

MY CHALLENGE TO THE NATIONAL COUNCIL AGAINST SMOKING

On 8 October, the Executive Director of the National Council Against Smoking (NCAS), Savera Kalideen wrote in the Daily Maverick a column entitled “Increasing Tobacco taxes saves lives and raises revenue.” Kalideen argues that by increasing tobacco taxes, government will grow its revenue. Allow me take this opportunity to respond. Kalideen correctly states that some […]

Using technology to combat crime in South Africa

With the multitude of emergency numbers available in South Africa getting help is not as clear cut as it should be. Adding to the frustration is the time wasted due to the lack of information available to the emergency operator. They don’t know who you are, or where you are. Namola, a free emergency safety […]

OVER 10 000 PEOPLE CALL ON GOVERNMENT TO STOP THE ILLEGAL CIGARETTE TRADE

Monday 24 September 2018 MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OVER 10 000 CITIZENS CALL ON GOVERNMENT TO STOP THE ILLEGAL CIGARETTE TRADE Over 10,000 South Africans have now signed on the #TakeBackTheTax petition, calling on Government to take decisive action in combating the trade of illegal cigarettes. The people who have added their voice to […]

It’s time for South Africa to Collect its Due from Cigarette Companies and #TakeBackTheTax

OPINION PIECE: *It’s time for South Africa to Collect its Due from Cigarette Companies and #TakeBackTheTax For almost four years now, cigarette companies have had a tax holiday. That’s the reality. Of all the industries one could think of that should be given a pass on their tax obligations, the tobacco industry would be the […]

TISA RAMPS UP #TakeBackTheTax CAMPAIGN AGAINST ILLEGAL CIGARETTES

MEDIA RELEASE TISA RAMPS UP #TakeBackTheTax CAMPAIGN AGAINST ILLEGAL CIGARETTES Monday 17 September 2018 The Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa (TISA) has announced the ramping up of its #TakeBackTheTax campaign, calling for an immediate clampdown on rampant tax evasion in the tobacco industry. The campaign was launched in July this year, on the back of […]