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British American Tobacco SA

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Number of employees 2 132.

Clifford van der Venter (British American Tobacco SA)

Last financial year's turnover British American Tobacco SA does not disclose its financials.

Name of chief HR officer Clifford van der Venter, HR director for Southern Africa.

Split of staff Managers: 480 Non-managers: 1652 Included are 820 manufacturing and operations personnel, 240 technical personnel and about 1000 marketing personnel.

Main line of business Established in 1904, British American Tobacco South Africa manufacturers and distributes more than 20 brands in South Africa.

What is the company's HR strategy? The HR strategy is based on a number of key pillars, including having the right capabilities to deliver on its business objectives.

Its business strategy will be delivered by the right talent. The approach to talent focuses on attracting the right people, talent development and talent retention.

The culture of the company, which consciously drives high performance, is underpinned by rigorous internal people manage- ment processes. People appreciate being part of a successful business.

What is the company's BEE strategy? British American Tobacco South Africa is a level four BBBEE contributor. The company recognises that, because of the legacy of the past, South African society is now characterised by high levels of inequality based on race.

As such, it is committed to the socioeconomic transformation of the country through an approach that includes initiatives in respect of all seven pillars of the BBBEE codes, namely employment equity, skills development, preferential procure- ment, socioeconomic development, enterprise development, manage- ment control and ownership.

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