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SA stocks inch up ahead of Fed, Standard Bank rallies

29 Jul 2020 /  Adelaide Changole, Bloomberg  
Foreigners were net buyers of South African stocks Tuesday.

The latest rate cut, banking stocks and horse racing behind closed doors

24 Jul 2020 /  Simon Brown  
Mia Kruger from Kruger International on the Sasol and Spur updates. Tim Acker of Allan Gray on valuations of local banking stocks and his preferred picks. Stephen Marshall from Gold Circle talks the Durban July running Covid-style.

Tobacco giant calls for zero tolerance on tax evasion by illicit suppliers

24 Jul 2020 /  Melitta Ngalonkulu   30
93% of smokers still get their fix; paying an average of 250% more has contributed to a 430% increase in people sharing cigarettes: Batsa.

Consumer criminalisation could encourage a culture of tax avoidance

7 Jul 2020 /  Adriaan Kruger   27
Government seems oblivious to the dangers of letting the genie out of the bottle with its continued sales ban on tobacco products.

Government chokes on Batsa’s urgent court application

29 Jun 2020 /  Barbara Curson   28
A look at the arguments and evidence it faces. Meanwhile Sars’s tobacco tax revenues continue to go up in smoke ...

Government wins court case over decision to ban tobacco sales

UPDATE
26 Jun 2020 /  Loni Prinsloo and John Bowker, Bloomberg   19
Cigarettes to remain unavailable in stores until further notice.

Fita: Tobacco is a stimulant, much like coffee

11 Jun 2020 /  Melitta Ngalonkulu   33
Argues that it should have been listed in the grocery category.

‘Rogue unit’ propaganda slur finally put to bed

11 Jun 2020 /  Barbara Curson   9
Impugned report of Inspector-General of Intelligence reviewed and set aside.

Turns out it was a good time to quit smoking after all

10 Jun 2020 /  Andrea Felsted, Bloomberg   2
Cigarette consumption has been disrupted by curfews in some markets

Rand falls amid weak economic data

6 May 2020 /  Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo and Nqobile Dludla, Reuters  
The Top 40 index rose 1.64% while the broader all-share closed 1.32% firmer.

Batsa makes U-turn on taking legal action against tobacco ban

6 May 2020 /  Melitta Ngalonkulu   27
It will work with government to ensure the safety of South Africans.

Tobacco association brings urgent application to lift cigarette ban

5 May 2020 /  Ciaran Ryan   32
State power has been expanded, but does the degree to which it's being exercised violate government's constitutional obligation to behave with legality?

Batsa questions indefinite tobacco ban

2 May 2020 /  Barbara Curson   38
Says Dlamini-Zuma’s action is 'bizarre and highly irregular'.

Presidency will respond to alcohol requests

15 Apr 2020 /  Melitta Ngalonkulu   33
On Friday, after receiving a letter threatening an approach to the Constitutional Court.

Look who’s winning during lockdown

6 Apr 2020 /  Ciaran Ryan   5
Netflix, of course. Also teleconferencing provider Zoom, toilet paper makers – and gold.

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