A manager at CK FMCG, only introduced himself as Mr Vally, told SowetanLIVE this week that the event was sponsored by the company’s other products which are bottled water, energy drinks and gum.
“The FMCG part is sponsoring this thing; our CK energy drink, water, CK bubblegum... that company is sponsoring the event. This has nothing to do with cigarettes,” Vally said telephonically.
When asked if it was evident and apparent that CK cigarette was not involved in sponsoring CK Aqua Fest, as he claimed, Vally said: “We do have a brand CK Cigarettes but it has nothing to do with the event.” He couldn't not elaborate further, only stating that their other brands were the one sponsoring the beach party.
This comes as the Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, plans to introduce tougher laws which would restrict even e-smoking.
Motsoaledi would like to ban cigarette branding and outlaw smoking in all public spaces.