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As South Africa prepares for finance minister Tito Mboweni’s medium-term budget speech this week, it is becoming increasingly clear that the country needs a new post-Covid-19 approach to the tobacco industry, says Zacharia Motsumi, [...]

The alliance represents approximately 11,000 tobacco farmers, processors and manufacturers across five growing provinces who are committed to supporting transformation in the industry.

Motsumi said that if drastic action is not taken soon, the more than 150 black tobacco farmers who are struggling to make a living in rural South Africa will soon go out of business.