Sars 1 - SA government 0
I must say. I’m fairly impressed with the South African Revenue Service. For a so called “third-world” country, Sars seems to be doing a lot right.
Yes, as a taxpayer on the receiving-end (or non-receiving, depending on your perspective) of ever increasing Sars efficiency, I’m somewhat pleased with the big strides they’ve made to become one of the better run national departments of our country.
Another year on and Sars have again announced even greater controls to ensure another successful tax collection season.
What’s concerning however, is that Sars is able to continue their self-improvement across all of their processes and systems, increasing the government tax collection coffers, only for those much needed state funds to be squandered, mismanaged, misappropriated, or simply blown on some unneeded office party or some self-indulging ostentatious conference where all the big-eating politicians sing each others’ praises.
What is the point of having a world-class revenue service that’s so good at collecting taxes, only to have a government on the receiving end that cannot manage the funds? I mean really. What is the point?
Until the government is able to properly manage budgets and allocate state funds, and until all municipal tender awarding processes become transparent, we will not be able to fully appreciate the progress that departments like SARS have made.
Accountable and competent financial management within our government will go a long way in helping to deliver that “better life for all” dream that we hear every election.
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