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Our South African history

British American Tobacco South Africa has a long legacy in South Africa. Operating in the country for more than 100 years, the company’s official history began with the creation of the United Tobacco Company in 1904.

The global merger of Rothmans International with British American Tobacco in 1999 created the business as it is known today – and led to the creation of British American Tobacco South Africa.

British American Tobacco South Africa is home to South Africa’s top six cigarette brands - market-leader Peter Stuyvesant, Dunhill, Princeton, Rothmans, Craven A, and Kent – and is the country’s leading cigarette manufacturer and distributor.

Key dates

  • 1904: United Tobacco Company is formed.
  • 1976: Heidelberg Factory is established as a social upliftment project in an area with low economic growth.
  • 1999: The global merger of Rothmans International with British American Tobacco results in the largest tobacco company in South Africa, now known as British American Tobacco South Africa.
  • 2008: Remgro unbundles its investment  in BAT to its shareholders .
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