British American Tobacco South Africa (Batsa) has started accepting “holding orders” from its customers, Business Insider has reported.
While the company is taking orders, it has revealed that it is not yet invoicing on the orders it takes.
In a statement to Business Insider South Africa, Batsa’s external affairs head Johnny Moloto said:
“No deliveries will be made until the sale of tobacco products is allowed. The date for delivery will depend on when the ban is lifted.”
Despite these new developments British American Tobacco has not commented on when it thinks the ban will be lifted.
The Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association (Fita) is currently waiting for the ruling on the cigarette ban matter from the Pretoria High Court.
The case between Fita and Cogta was heard on 10 June after government reversed the decision to allow the selling of tobacco during lockdown.
The record in this matter is approximately 6000 pages long.