SARS appoints acting Commissioner

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Pretoria - The South African Revenue Services (SARS) has appointed Oupa Magashula as the acting SARS Commissioner.

He assumed his new duties as of Monday, 3pm. This follows the swearing-in of the out-going SARS Commissioner Pravin Gordhan, as South Africa's new Minister of Finance.

Mr Gordhan was sworn-in on Monday, together with his Cabinet colleagues.

Before his appointment, Mr Magashula, who has been with SARS since 2006, was the Deputy Commissioner at SARS.

He headed an operational division responsible for contact centres, processing centres and delivery enablement services such as process engineering and information management.

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Commissioner, he was head of Human Resources and other Corporate Services at SARS. In his position he created an advanced platform for people management and development.

Prior to SARS, he was the HR Director at Telkom.

He also worked in the private sector both in operations and HR - at Nampak, Sun International and Anglo Vaal Industries.

In the early 80's, he worked for a trade union, studied for a BSc at the University of Cape Town and later studied management courses at the UCT Business School.

On the recommendation of the new Minister of Finance, the President and Cabinet will appoint the next SARS Commissioner in due course