- The new Sars commissionr certainly has an impressive CV
- He has a logn track record of good work in government
- The EFF, however, opposed his appointment
Edward Kieswetter has been appointed as the new Sars commissioner following an extensive interview process.
Despite the EFF's opposition to Kieswetter's appointment, many have pointed out that he has the necessary qualifications for the job.
Kieswetter's resume includes several years of experience rehabilitating struggling government entities.
Kieswetter will be the most educated appointee to hold the Sars top spot in some time. He holds a Master's degree in Educaton, as MBA and M.Com degree in tax.
But Kieswetter's real track record is in government. He previously served as the deputy commissioner of Sars from 2004 to 2009 under Pravin Gordhan, according to The South African.
While he worked for the revenue service, he reportedly introduced a unit which was successful in increasing tax collection.
Prior to that. Kieswetter worked at Eskom for almost a decade as a senior general manager. While at the power utility, he was nominated for several wards due to good performance.
All of this suggests that Sars is finally being lead once again by someone fit for office. It remains to be seen, however, what the EFF's proposed court challenge against Kieswetter's appointment will amount to.
On top of that, Kieswetter will have a tough job ahead of him cleaning up the revenue service.
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