8 Things you need to know about the British American Tobacco Company in South Africa.

by Samantha Camara

The British American Tobacco Company (BAT) is one of the largest Tobacco companies in the world and tops Stock Exchange lists internationally. Here are eight things you need to know about BAT in South Africa.

File: Cigarette smoking.
File: Cigarette smoking. Photo: Paolo Neo.
  1. BAT is one the largest companies (top 40) listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).

    File: JSE building. Photo: Andres De Wet
    File: JSE building. Photo: Andres De Wet
  2. BAT is the top producer of cigarettes in South Africa, the Heidelberg factory produces about 27 billion cigarettes which are sold nationally and internationally.

    File: Cigarettes Display, Areopolis. Photo: Almare
    File: Cigarettes Display, Areopolis. Photo: Almare
  3. In 2014, BAT was accused of corporate espionage, allegedly paying people to spy on rival companies such as Carnilinx. BAT obviously denied all allegations.

    File: Navy Binoculars. Photo: Airman Ricardo J. Reyes, U.S. Navy
    File: Navy Binoculars. Photo: Airman Ricardo J. Reyes, U.S. Navy
  4. South African Revenue Services (SARS) started investigating BAT under allegations of money-laundering in 2014.

    File: South African Currency. Photo: Nick Roux
    File: South African Currency. Photo: Nick Roux
  5. Travelex cards are allegedly used to pay corporate spies across international borders, which is illegal.

    File: Travelex pre-paid card. Photo: Origianally published on Travelex website.
    File: Travelex pre-paid card. Photo: Origianally published on Travelex website.
  6. BAT estimates that unpaid taxes from the illegal cigarette trade cost the South African government R20-million.

    tax meme
    Graphic: Samantha Camara
  7. Before the 2015 budget speech, BAT officials were calling for no change to “sin tax”, unfortunately, a packet of cigarettes was announced to be going up by 82c.

    Graphic: Originally published on Fin24.
    Graphic: Originally published on Fin24.
  8. BAT produces brands popular cigarette brands Dunhill, Peter Stuyvesant Lucky strike and Kent.

    File:Dunhill cigarettes. Photo: Zondus
    File:Dunhill cigarettes. Photo: Zondus
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