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While there was an overwhelming interest in the post of SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner, fewer than 10 candidates would be interviewed for the post by a seven-member team headed by former finance minister Trevor Manuel. Finance minister Tito Mboweni appointed the panel to conduct the interviews and compile a shortlist for President Cyril Ramaphosa, who will make the final appointment. Speaking about the appointment in his state of the nation address (Sona) on Thursday night, Ramaphosa said that South Africans needed to “watch this space”. Manuel was finance minister when Sars underwent an enormous transformation from an apartheid-era receiver of revenue to a world-class tax agency. The new Sars commissioner will face a mammoth task after the ruinous leadership of former tax boss Tom Moyane, who culled critical skills from the institution and neutralised its capacity. The panel includes judge Dennis Davis, Treasury tax chief Ismail Momoniat, Peotona founder advocate Thandi Orl...

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