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Business Centre Revival Critical for Revenue Collection Agency

Source: Business Day

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A commission of inquiry into the governance and administration of the South African Revenue Service is currently underway.

The commission has heard testimony how senior officials have made efforts to revitalise a large business centre designed to cater for and collect revenue from large corporate clients.

This unit was disbanded under the watch of suspended commissioners, Jonas Makwakwa and Tom Moyane respectively.

Draconian restructuring plans led by consultants Bain, disbanded the unit.

Acting group executive of business and individual taxes, Firdose Salleh led the initiative to reignite the centre in January 2017 after it became apparent that the closure was negatively affecting the collection of revenue.

The commision was informed by evidence leader, advocate Carol Steinberg That the revival of the unit was on track again under the watch of acting commissioner, Mark Kingon.

According to Business Day Political Editor, Natasha Marrian, “the revival of the unit is being hampered by a critical skills shortage”.

This is largely due to the restructuring efforts of Makwakwa and Moyane.

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