A few years ago, in an interview with this magazine, Edward Kieswetter went into great detail about his love of building. "I trained as an engineer and worked on various construction sites, and when it comes to designing and building a structure from scratch, I’m proud to say there’s nothing I can’t do, except plastering," he said. Which is just as well, given his appointment as the new commissioner of the SA Revenue Service (Sars) from May 1 — an institution in need of being rebuilt from scratch, if ever there was one. This was underscored by the fact that this week, Sars confirmed a R57.4bn shortfall in its tax collections for this financial year. It collected R1.28-trillion against the initial estimate of R1.3-trillion.

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