SOUTH AFRICA TOBACCO TRANSFORMATION ALLIANCE
The South Africa Tobacco Transformation Alliance unites black tobacco farmers, tobacco processors and South Africa’s largest manufacturer of tobacco products in a value chain that spans the entire process from seeds to sales.
Our founding members are the Black Tobacco Farmers’ Association, Limpopo Tobacco Processors, Tobacco Producers Development, and British American Tobacco South Africa
The new Tobacco Control Bill will have a significant impact on South Africa: it will criminalise smoking, snuff and hookah pipes in certain circumstances. It could also devastate the tobacco industry: 28,000 jobs could be lost if the Bill is passed because it would hand what’s left of the legal cigarette industry to criminal networks.
We have united to promote and protect the industry by:
- Ensuring a legal, excise and regulatory framework that is conducive to the continued growth of the industry, and in particular to the development of the black tobacco farming sector.
- Campaigning against illicit tobacco traders, who undermine those involved in the legal production of tobacco products as well as denying government the opportunity to collect much-needed excise duties.
We do this by:
Educating key stakeholders about the legal tobacco value chain.
Providing greater insight into the value chain and the role it plays in South Africa’s economy.
Highlighting ongoing transformation in the sector, including the empowerment of black tobacco farmers.
TOBACCO INDUSTRY WELCOMES LATEST CRACKDOWN ON ILLEGAL OPERATORS
South Africa’s legal tobacco industry is greatly encouraged by recent actions against the importers and manufacturers of illegal cigarettes.
We support the creation of a strong local tobacco leaf industry in South Africa and are deeply committed to provincial and local economic development.
FACTS AND FIGURES
South Africa currently ranks among the top 5 countries in the world with the highest incidence of trade in illegal cigarettes.
Our members provide training, incubation, mentoring and administrative services to support tobacco growing.
We support regulation that is reasonable, proportionate, based on robust evidence and delivers on the intended policy aims.