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Close on the heels of the lifting of South Africa’s five-month cigarette ban in late August, the government has pledged to follow a public participation process should the ban be reinstated during the country’s ongoing COVID-19 lockdown.

Fair-trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA) chairperson Sinenhlanhla Mnguni said in a statement that this undertaking was part of a settlement in which the company had agreed to drop its legal challenge against the government over the ban.

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Jennigay Coetzer

Jennigay Coetzer is the Africa correspondent for Law.com International. She writes about lawyers and legal issues in South Africa and across the continent. Her coverage includes the business of law, global and domestic law firms, in-house legal departments and regulatory issues. She can be reached at [email protected]

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