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Tobacco Statistics

SOUTH AFRICAN TOBACCO INDUSTRY


PRIMARY INDUSTRY

Key statistics (2016/2017 season):

  • 177 commercial tobacco farmers
  • 80 small-scale tobacco farmers
  • 8 000 – 10 000 farm workers
  • > 35 000 dependants making a living in deep rural areas
  • 5 000 hectares cultivated
  • Total annual SA tobacco crop: +15 million kilograms
  • > 90% of tobacco used in SA for manufacturing high quality tobacco products.

MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY
Key statistics (2016/17 tax year):

  • Total Cigarette Market: Between 26 and 27 billion sticks
  • Total Duty Paid Market: Between 21 and 22 billion sticks
  • Illicit cigarette market: Estimated at 22% of total market
  • Excise and VAT on Excise: > R16 billion to Government

CONSUMER STATISTICS (2015)

  • 8.2 million tobacco users in South Africa in 2015