January 28, 2021

Meet the new SA tax Boss

Edward Kieswetter, the new SARS Tax Boss
Image: Simon Mathebula

By staff Report

President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Edward Kieswetter as the new head of the South African Revenue Service (Sars).

The appointment follows after a panel recommended him to the president. Ramaphosa said they have confidence in Kieswetter and that he will be able to fix the tax agency.

“Mr Kieswetter emerged as the strongest candidate, based on his past experience as deputy commissioner for SARS between 2004 and 2009, and his subsequent track record of transformative leadership and his experience of turning around a large institution,” Treasury said in a statement.


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Kieswetter’s appointment is effective from May 1 for a term of five years.

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