Our South African economic impact

BAT South Africa makes a critical contribution to our national economy.

BAT South Africa paid in excess of R13.6 billion in tax revenue in 2019 alone. We also employed more than 1 100 people directly in the BAT South Africa business and bought goods and services worth R6 billion from local suppliers.

South Africa is home to the eighth largest BAT factory globally.

Our factory in Heidelberg, Gauteng, opened in 1976 and is the eighth largest British American Tobacco factory in the world. As the largest employer in the Heidelberg area, our factory has the capacity to produce more than 27 billion cigarettes a year for local and export markets, as well as processed leaf tobacco (known as cut rag tobacco) for export.