With the culmination of the merger on Inland Revenue, Customs and Excise and Administration it became necessary to redefine the structure of the organisation and in this regard I am able to announce that the Head Office top structure has now been finalised and that we are currently busy identifying and finalising the second and subsequent tiers of the structure.
SARS has in terms of the service it renders to its widely diversified customer base firmly positioned itself as an all important member of the financial service industry. The new structure has been developed with the view to improving customer service and efficiency and the functional duties of the executives now named serves this end.
Broadly speaking the operations side of the organisation will report to Mr Trevor van Heerden (Commissioner for SARS). The necessary legislation to ratify his appointment as Commissioner of both Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise will be introduced as a matter of priority. In view of the heavy responsibilities placed on Mr van Heerden it has been decided to appoint Dr Fanie Basson as a special advisor to assist him with Customs and Excise issues.
As will be seen from the enclosed organisational structure the Commissioner and the Heads of Corporate Services will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer: Mr Piet Liebenberg. Whilst the Management Audit and Communication and Client Service executive positions will be advertised and filled as soon as is practically possible, Mr van Heerden will fill the Research and Development executive post for the time being.
ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR INLAND REVENUE
Reconstructed in 2003 from a copy found on http://www.polity.org.za