Gordhan puts SARS revamp on hold

Recently appointed finance minister Pravin Gordhan has instructed Tom Moyane, South African Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner (pictured), to halt the implementation of his restructuring plans, pending an assessment of its implications by the minister.

SARS' extensive restructuring project, scheduled to be completed in May 2016, was one of the first initiatives undertaken by Moyane following his appointment in October 2014, and included revamping the revenue authority's operating model, personnel structure and IT system. Gordhan met Moyane shortly after his reappointment as finance minister as part of a programme to meet with all of the entities falling under the Treasury.

According to Phumza Macanda, Treasury spokeswoman, Gordhan asked SARS to halt all major initiatives until further notice. This included the restructuring plans. While Gordhan's top priority is to maintain the stability of SARS, he will first assess the progress of the project before deciding whether to continue or terminate it.

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