Saudi Arabia reports 10 more deaths from MERS

2014-05-15 11:24

The total number of MERS infections in Saudi Arabia has reached 511, of which 157 have died since the disease was identified two years ago.

4 new Saudi cases of MERS virus, one fatal

2013-12-30 14:53

An elderly man who was infected with SARS-like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome has died.

No MERS infections during Ramadan pilgrimage

2013-08-13 16:10

An influx of pilgrims into Saudi Arabia during Ramadan passed without any cases of the MERS coronavirus infection reported, according to authorities.

2 new diseases may spark global outbreaks

2013-05-14 08:18

One new disease related to Sars and one a possible new bird flu have the potential to spark global outbreaks, experts warn.

Saudi Arabia reports 7 cases of Sars-like virus

2013-05-03 13:05

Five people have died and two other patients are in critical condition with confirmed cases of a new respiratory virus related to Sars.

How Chinese bird flu infects humans still mystery

2013-04-19 10:42

Almost three weeks after China reported finding a new strain of bird flu in humans, experts are still stumped by how people are becoming infected when many appear to have had no recent contact with live fowl and the virus seemingly isn't passing from person to person.

Scientists race to gauge new bird flu pandemic risk

2013-04-04 09:37

Genetic sequence data on a deadly strain of bird flu previously unknown in people show the virus has already acquired some mutations that might make it more likely to cause a human pandemic.

The Hong Kong Sars outbreak: 10 years later

2013-03-15 10:08

With its bustling streets, shops and busy restaurants, little suggests that ten years ago Amoy Gardens was on the front line of Hong Kong's battle with a virus that caused a global health crisis.

British patient dies from new form of Sars-like virus

2013-02-20 11:30

A patient infected with a new form of the coronavirus has died in Britain, hospital officials said Tuesday, bringing the total number of people killed by the SARS-like virus that emerged last year to six.

Sars warns of e-filing tax deadlines

2013-01-23 19:29

The SA Revenue Service says that there are two important upcoming tax deadlines and relate to taxpayers making use of the electronic filing system.

Sars reeling under court judgment

2012-05-29 17:01

The South African Revenue Service has been dealt a severe blow in what could be a precedent-setting judgment by the North Gauteng High Court.

Sars mum on probe of men linked to Malema

2012-04-23 12:12

The SA Revenue Service refuses to comment on reports that businessmen linked to Julius Malema are to appear before a secret judicial inquiry for suspected tax evasion.

Gordhan: Warning for tax defaulters

2012-04-01 15:06

The government will soon implement stringent measures to clamp down on tax defaulters, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

SA's trade account in R13.5bn deficit

2012-02-29 14:16

South Africa's trade account recorded a R13.5bn deficit in January compared with a surplus of R4.7bn in December, says the South African Revenue Service.

E-filing rises as more do tax returns

2011-11-30 15:18

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says electronic filing has become easier and the number of taxpayers who submitted returns increased more than 20% this year.

SARS: More taxpayers opt for e-filing

2011-10-19 16:54

The number of South Africans filing tax returns electronically has grown more than 12 times in the past five years, says the SA Revenue Service.

DA calls for tax probe into Malema

2011-07-17 11:24

Reports that ANCYL leader Julius Malema is building a R16m mansion have prompted the DA to ask the SA Revenue Service to investigate his affairs.


Symptoms of SARS

2011-05-11 00:00

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Thousands earn more than R1m

2011-02-23 15:42

Some 52 000 SA taxpayers earned more than R1m last year, figures released on budget day revealed.

Law lets Sars collect first, argue later

2011-02-14 15:52

A change to tax laws confirms that the pay now, argue later rule allows the SA Revenue Service to collect money even if the taxpayer has made objections.

Fraud scandal hits Sars, Unisa

2010-12-08 21:58

A former tax official and a couple of Unisa academics have been charged with tender fraud.

Scammers call SA taxpayers

2010-12-02 15:47

Taxpayers are receiving calls from fraudsters who claim to be SA Revenue Service officials.

Another withholding tax

2010-10-06 14:44

Amendments have paved the way for a new withholding tax on interest paid from a South African source to a non-resident.

Further tax tweaks for employers

2010-09-19 11:04

The SA Revenue Service has introduced changes so employers can more easily submit tax returns.


MERS an international emergency? WHO deciding

2014-05-14 10:08

WHO experts met in Geneva to consider whether a recent upsurge in detected cases of MERS means the disease should be classed as an international emergency.

Over 300 000 viruses living in mammals

2013-09-04 08:06

Scientists suspect at least 320 000 viruses exist in mammals, and say finding them might reduce toll of human epidemics.

Don't keep coronavirus cases quiet: WHO

2013-05-24 09:56

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned countries with possible cases of the SARS-like novel coronavirus that they must share information and not allow commercial labs to profit from the virus, which has killed 22 people worldwide.

Sars-like virus in Saudi has killed 15

2013-05-13 09:51

Fifteen people in Saudi Arabia have died from a Sars-like virus out of 24 people who contracted it since last August.

Gene swapping makes bird flu a moving target

2013-04-16 10:41

A new bird flu virus that has killed 13 people in China is still evolving, making it hard for scientists to predict how dangerous it might become.

Sars records 10% revenue rise

2013-04-02 16:21

The SA Revenue Service collected 9.6% more tax last year than the year before, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

New deadly virus demands investigation

2013-02-28 10:12

The emergence of a deadly virus previously unseen in humans that has already killed half those known to be infected requires speedy scientific detective work to figure out its potential.

New virus hits 12 globally with new British case

2013-02-18 11:18

A fourth person in Britain has contracted a potentially fatal SARS-like virus which was unknown in humans until a few months ago.

New record for taxman

2012-07-23 14:26

The SA Revenue Service has already refunded taxpayers R3.07bn, just 22 days after launching its tax filing season.

Sars: Large companies avoiding tax in SA

2012-05-08 15:26

The SA Revenue Service accuses large multinational firms of using complex transactions to illegally reduce local tax payments, costing the economy billions.

Taxman serves R10m bill on Malema

2012-04-22 14:26

Suspended ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has been served with a tax bill of more than R10m.

Zuma warns on illegal capital outflows

2012-03-15 22:00

President Jacob Zuma says those evading tax and moving money illegally out of the country will be caught and punished.

Medical scheme tax credits to go to NHI

2012-02-23 17:29

Tax credits for medical aid contributions is a first step towards taxation for the national health insurance, says Sars commissioner Oupa Magashula.

SA to host global tax forum

2011-11-10 10:55

South Africa will next year host the annual meeting of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, which tackles fraud and corruption.

Sars: No request for Malema audit

2011-07-19 08:01

The SA Revenue Service has not received any requests for a tax audit of ANCYL leader Julius Malema, who is reportedly building a R16m mansion.

Sars sets R2 trillion target

2011-05-31 14:08

The SA Revenue Service aims to collect R2 trillion over the next three years, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Taxman targets the rich

2011-04-03 08:22

The SA Revenue Service is zeroing in on 200 rich South Africans who are not paying enough tax.

Tax breaks to boost skills

2011-02-23 14:12

A R5bn youth employment subsidy and other incentives to promote job creation are included in this year's budget.

Exports put SA in trade surplus

2010-12-31 12:20

An increase in exports helped SA record an unexpected trade surplus in November, from a deficit in October.

Fraud scandal hits Sars, Unisa

2010-12-08 21:58

A former tax official and a couple of Unisa academics have been charged with tender fraud.

Sars receives 2.2m tax returns

2010-10-08 17:43

The South African Revenue Services says that it has so far received a total of 2.275 million tax returns since the tax season opened on July 1, 2010.

Possible delays at Sars branch offices

2010-09-30 13:04

The South African Revenue Service has alerted taxpayers of possible delays at its branch offices around the country on Thursday.

Vendors and Sars must be on same page

2010-05-06 00:00

ACTION BY THE South African Revenue Service (Sars) to deregister certain Value Added Tax vendors could cause significant inconvenience to those enterprises and - worse - a potentially substantial VAT liability without the funds to cover it. Businesses with turnovers that don't meet the new minimum threshold of R50 000/year may find themselves being summarily deregistered as VAT vendors by Sars.

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