SARS suspends services after Rissik building catches fire

Friday, September 22, 2023
The Fire Department attends to the fire at the SARS Rissik Street branch.

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has suspended its services at the Rissik Street branch in Marshalltown, Johannesburg, following a fire that broke out on Wednesday.

SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter said the fire was successfully extinguished due to the prompt and efficient response by fire rescue services.

“All staff and taxpayers were immediately evacuated and no one incurred any serious injuries. As a result of the fire, SARS has suspended its services at the Rissik Street branch and will provide services virtually. 

“Taxpayers are urged to book an appointment for assistance via the SARS website - Those who want to visit our offices can make an appointment to visit either the Randburg or Alberton branches,” Kieswetter said. 

The Commissioner expressed his appreciation to the fire and medical emergency personnel for their assistance in containing the damage and treating people who were affected.

He also apologised to taxpayers for any inconvenience.

The cause and extent of the fire is unknown at this stage and will be investigated. –