CONTINUEThis site uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more.
  1. Front Page
  2. News By Topic
  3. Zuma Points To SARS Success

Zuma Points To SARS Success

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

24 August 2011

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has stressed that the South African Revenue Service (SARS) must be protected from interference, and must continue its impartial actions to ensure full compliance with the tax code by all South Africans.

Zuma told guests at the annual SARS Amakhwezi Awards ceremony in Johannesburg that “it is imperative for SARS to maintain its independence, its values, its moral authority and its objectivity. … We cannot and will not tolerate anyone - from within government or outside of government - to denigrate the hard-won reputation you have built."

He added that “SARS has an exceptional record of revenue collection”, and that "it is no exaggeration to single out SARS as one of the most efficient, effective, highly regarded, fair and trusted institutions of state over a prolonged and sustained period".

Zuma pointed out that SARS has played a huge role in helping the government achieve its goals, confirming that, over the past 10 years, SARS had collected a “staggering” ZAR4.9 trillion (USD681.7bn) to fund South Africa's growth and development. “The ability of a country to borrow from capital markets,” he said, “is linked to its capacity to collect taxes."

SARS uses the Amakhwezi Awards to honour those employees within the organization who have gone beyond the call of duty to ensure the achievement of the revenue service's mandate. Among those who also attended the event were Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and SARS Commissioner Oupa Magashula.

TAGS: South Africa | compliance | tax | tax compliance | revenue statistics | Africa

To see today's news, click here.


Tax-News Reviews

Cyprus Review

A review and forecast of Cyprus's international business, legal and investment climate.

Visit Cyprus Review »

Malta Review

A review and forecast of Malta's international business, legal and investment climate.

Visit Malta Review »

Jersey Review

A review and forecast of Jersey's international business, legal and investment climate.

Visit Jersey Review »

Budget Review

A review of the latest budget news and government financial statements from around the world.

Visit Budget Review »

Stay Updated

Please enter your email address to join the mailing list. View previous newsletters.

By subscribing to our newsletter service, you agree to our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.

To manage your mailing list preferences, please click here »