Media Release Archive – 2015

30 December 2015 – Trade Statistics for November 2015

Published Date: 30/12/2015

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for November 2015 that recorded a trade surplus of R1.77 billion.


26 December 2015 – SARS Customs officials arrested two Mozambican males for allegedly smuggling R76-million at the Lebombo border post

Published Date: 26/12/2015

SARS Customs officials arrested two Mozambican males for allegedly smuggling R76-million at the Lebombo border post


23 December 2015– SARS Customs officials at the Oliver Tambo International Airport

Published Date: 23/12/2015

SARS Customs officials at the Oliver Tambo International Airport yesterday thwarted an attempt to smuggle two rhino horns out of the country.


22 December 2015 – About 30 000 travellers processed at Beitbridge daily

Published Date: 22/12/2015

22 December 2015 – Two arrested for VAT Fraud

Published Date: 22/12/2015

17 December 2015 – Customs officials intercepts “gift” of liquid cocaine

Published Date: 17/12/2015

10 December 2015 – SARS cracks down on high risk sectors

Published Date: 10/12/2015

10 December 2015 – SARS deploys over 200 staff to tighten border control over festive season

Published Date: 10/12/2015

9 December 2015 – SARS busts another cocaine smuggler at ORTIA

Published Date: 09/12/2015

6 December 2015 – SARS confiscates 39 gold bars, cocaine from passengers

Published Date: 06/12/2015

3 December 2015 – SARS Customs officials nab passenger trying to smuggle gold into SA

Published Date: 03/12/2015

30 November 2015 – Trade Statistics for October 2015

Published Date: 30/11/2015

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for October 2015 that recorded a trade deficit of R21.39 billion. This figure includes trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS).


29 November 2015 – Over 5.94 million meet tax deadline

Published Date: 29/11/2015

27 November 2015 – Former SARS official arrested for R5-Milliom VAT fraud

Published Date: 27/11/2015

25 November 2015 – SARS Customs officials detain R4,2 million worth of illicit cigarettes at Limpopo border posts

Published Date: 25/11/2015

18 November 2015 – Last Saturday to file tax returns is 21 November

Published Date: 18/11/2015

11 November 2015 – 25 SARS Offices open Saturdays 14 and 21 November at 8am

Published Date: 11/11/2015

10 November 2015 – Joint Media Release by the National Treasury and the South African Revenue Service

Published Date: 10/11/2015

6 November 2015 – Official opening of the SARS Newcastle Branch

Published Date: 06/11/2015

30 October 2015 – R3-million dagga bust at Nakop border post

Published Date: 30/10/2015

30 October 2015 – Trade Statistics for September 2015

Published Date: 30/10/2015

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for September 2015 that recorded a trade deficit of R0.89 billion. This figure includes trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS).  


28 October 2015 – New SARS spokesperson confirmed

Published Date: 28/10/2015

15 October 2015 – Over R16 million of crystal meth bust at ORTIA this week

Published Date: 15/10/2015

9 October 2015 – SARS officials thwart bribery attempts in two incidents

Published Date: 09/10/2015

8 October 2015 – SARS Convenes Cross-Border Forum on Illicit Financial Flows

Published Date: 08/10/2015

8 October 2015 – SARS uncovers scheme to defraud the tax system of R266 million

Published Date: 08/10/2015

30 September 2015 – Illicit cigarettes hidden in trailer carrying horse at Beitbridge

Published Date: 30/09/2015

30 September 2015 – Trade Statistics for August 2015

Published Date: 30/09/2015

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for August 2015 that recorded a trade deficit of R9.95 billion. This figure includes trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS).


28 September 2015 – SA actress caught with R4.6 million worth of crystal meth

Published Date: 28/09/2015

22 September 2015 – Two massive crystal meth busts at ORTIA

Published Date: 22/09/2015

4 September 2015 – Over R2 million of rough diamonds and gold found at Beitbridge

Published Date: 04/09/2015

31 August 2015 – SARS confiscates undeclared currency to the estimated value of R78 million at OR Tambo Airport

Published Date: 31/08/2015

31 August 2015 – Trade Statistics for July 2015

Published Date: 31/08/2015

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today released trade statistics for July 2015 that recorded a trade deficit of R0.40 billion. This figure includes trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS).


25 August 2015 – Millions of rands worth of drugs and counterfeit goods confiscated at OR Tambo Airport

Published Date: 25/08/2015

24 August 2015 – 2 million income tax returns submitted

Published Date: 24/08/2015

19 August 2015 – R8m worth of crystal meth found in woman’s luggage

Published Date: 19/08/2015

13 August 2015 – Drugs found in ironing boards at ORTIA mail centre

Published Date: 13/08/2015

12 August 2015 – Drugs and counterfeit shoes discovered by Customs officials

Published Date: 12/08/2015

31 July 2015 – Trade Statistics for June 2015

Published Date: 31/07/2015

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for June 2015 that recorded a trade surplus of R5.80 billion. This figure includes trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS).


27 July 2015 – SARS and SAPS confiscate over R2m worth of suspected stolen alcohol

Published Date: 27/07/2015

22 July 2015 – SARS Commissioner launches Customs cargo scanner at Cape Town Harbour

Published Date: 22/07/2015

21 July 2015 – One million Income Tax returns have been submitted

Published Date: 21/07/2015

20 July 2015 – Massive busts of Viagra, Mandrax and Cocaine by SARS Customs

Published Date: 20/07/2015

17 July 2015 – SARS convenes cross-border forum on illicit financial flows

Published Date: 17/07/2015

12 July 2015 – Record amount of undeclared sneakers seized at Lebombo

Published Date: 12/07/2015

9 July 2015 -South Africans with accounts and investments in foreign tax jurisdictions

Published Date: 09/07/2015

7 July 2015 – Record cocaine bust at OR Tambo International Airport

Published Date: 07/07/2015

23 July 2015 SARS issues stern warning to merchants in the fast moving cash goods (FMG) industries

Published Date: 03/07/2015

3 July 2015 – SARS Customs foils attempted smuggling of R4 million ivory at ORTIA

Published Date: 03/07/2015

2 July 2015 – Record submissions on day 1 of Tax Season

Published Date: 02/07/2015

1 July 2015 – Tax Season launch 1 July 2015

Published Date: 01/07/2015

30 June 2015 – Trade Statistics for May 2015

Published Date: 30/06/2015

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for May 2015 that recorded a trade surplus of R4.99 billion. This figure includes trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS).


24 June 2015 – Explosive devices found in bus at Beitbridge border post

Published Date: 24/06/2015

05 June 2015 – Launch of small business support desks and opening of new Soweto branch

Published Date: 05/06/2015

04 June 2015 – SARS Enforcement Operations for May 2015

Published Date: 04/06/2015

02 June 2015 – SARS withdrawal of provisional sequestration order against Mr. Malema

Published Date: 02/06/2015

29 May 2015 – Trade Statistics for April 2015

Published Date: 29/05/2015

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for April 2015 that recorded a trade deficit of R2.51 billion. This figure includes trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS).


28 May 2015 – SARS continues to foil attempted drug smuggling with R2.8m cocaine bust at ORTIA

Published Date: 28/05/2015

25 May 2015 – Huge successes in criminal convictions for tax crimes in 2014/15

Published Date: 25/05/2015

22 May 2015 – Employer annual reconciliation deadline fast approaching

Published Date: 22/05/2015

14 May 2015 – Clarity pertaining to allegations about SARS’ correspondence with minister Pravin Gordhan

Published Date: 14/05/2015

11 May 2015 – Massive haul of gold and copper uncovered

Published Date: 11/05/2015

7 May 2015 – Massive Crystal Meth bust to the value of R 6.3 million at OR Tambo International Airport

Published Date: 07/05/2015

7 May 2015 – Resignation of Mr Ivan Pillay and Mr Peter Richer

Published Date: 07/05/2015

30 April 2015 – Trade Statistics for March 2015

Published Date: 30/04/2015

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for March 2015 that recorded a trade surplus of R0.48 billion. This figure includes trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS).


1 April 2015 – Preliminary Outcomes of Revenue Collection for the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year

Published Date: 01/04/2015

31 March 2015 – Trade Statistics February 2015

Published Date: 31/03/2015

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for February 2015 that recorded a trade deficit of
R8.48 billion. This figure includes trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS).


26 March 2015 – Update on implementation of FATCA in South Africa

Published Date: 26/03/2015

An intergovernmental agreement (IGA) to improve international tax compliance and to implement the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was signed by the South African Minister of Finance, Mr Nhlanhla Nene and U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Mr Patrick H. Gaspard on 9 June 2014.


16 March 2015 – SARS Media Statement – Mr JS Malema

Published Date: 16/03/2015

On 11 September 2012 SARS obtained a judgment in terms of the Tax Administration Act 28 of 2011, in the High Court of South Africa Gauteng Division, Pretoria, confirming an outstanding tax debt by Mr JS Malema of R16.2 million.


6 March 2015 – SARS Enforcement and Customs Operations for February 2015

Published Date: 06/03/2015

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is providing an update to the media and the public on its operations to combat crimes such as smuggling, fraud and abuse of the tax system for the month of February 2015.


3 March 2015 – Over 22kg crystal methamphetamine seized at OR Tambo

Published Date: 03/03/2015

The SARS Customs team at OR Tambo International Airport yesterday (2 March) evening seized 22.65kg of Crystal Methamphetamine (“Tik”), valued at R6.75 million, as it was being smuggled into the country.


2 March 2015 – Substantial Narcotics Shipments Stopped

Published Date: 02/03/2015

On the evening of Friday 27 February the SARS Customs team identified a male passenger for further checks while he was disembarking from a flight originating in Cotonou, Benin. He had checked in 3 pieces of luggage – bags each holding a large plastic “jerry can”.


27 February 2015 – Trade Statistics for January 2015

Published Date: 27/02/2015

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for January 2015 that recorded a trade deficit of R24.22 billion. This figure includes trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS).


4 February 2015 – Resignation of Mr Johann van Loggerenberg

Published Date: 04/02/2015

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) confirms that Mr Johann van Loggerenberg has resigned from SARS with immediate effect. SARS has accepted his resignation and hereby confirms that the parting of ways was amicable and agreed to be in the best interests of SARS.


30 January 2015 – Trade Statistics for December 2014

Published Date: 30/01/2015

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) today releases trade statistics for December 2014 that recorded a trade surplus of R6.85 billion. This figure includes trade data with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS).  


29 January 2015 – CCMA Conciliation

Published Date: 29/01/2015

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) can confirm that the unfair labour practice dispute with regard to the suspension of
5 December 2014 was amicably resolved through Conciliation at the CCMA today.


20 January 2015 – SARS Enforcement and Customs Operations for December 2014

Published Date: 20/01/2015

he South African Revenue Service (SARS) is providing an update to the media and the public on its operations to combat crimes such as smuggling, fraud and abuse of the tax system for the month of December 2014.


13 January 2015 – Response to recent media speculation pertaining to internal disciplinary processes faced by some employees

Published Date: 13/01/2015

The South African Revenue Service takes note of the article, ‘Pillay fights back’, published in one of the Sunday Newspapers of the 11 January 2015. SARS would like to place on record its serious concern with what appears to be the  ‘fighting’ of internal SARS matters through the media without following the proper processes that SARS has in place.


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