Sars is running more smoothly, but still missing targets

PwC’s Annual Taxing Times 2020 Tax Controversy and Dispute Resolution Survey shows that efficiency at the South African Revenue Service (Sars) has improved.  But this has not resulted in the revenue services meeting its tax collection target of R66-billion in the 2019-2020 financial year. This is the sixth consecutive year Sars has missed its tax target. The revenue service’s commissioner, Edward Kieswetter, estimated that the shortfall for this year would be R285-billion. Sars has been battling with declining staff morale and performance. But this year’s missed target can be attributed…

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Allies.

Today I am writing about allies. Having friends in the fight for  justice and for a better country is important, because without them we will all sink together.  It’s no longer important enough to just say to yourself: I am not a racist. You have to call out racism at every turn and actively fight against it. One scholar recently wrote about being an “anti-racist”, which is what we expect all of our allies to be at this point.    I tweeted an analogy earlier, and it goes like this.…

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Nigeria: WHO Names Nigerian Centre As African Reference Laboratory for Genome Research

The African Centre of Excellence for the Genomics of Infectious Disease (ACEGID), Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State, has been named one of the regional repository and bioinformatics centres by the WHO and Africa CDC to provide sequencing, data analysis and other technical support services to the countries where they are located as well as to neighbouring countries and countries in their sub-regions. This development was announced on Thursday, September 10, by the WHO and the Africa CDC through a press release announcing the launch of a network of laboratories to…

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