Browsing: Pravin Gordhan

R6m spent on defending e-tolls

Court cases involving e-tolling on Gauteng highways have cost the taxpayer more than R6m in legal fees, according to finance minister Pravin Gordhan. “The total amount spent on the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) case is

Digital tax looms

National treasury is moving ahead with plans to levy value-added tax on digital goods such as music downloads and digital books, with the controversial new rules set to come into effect on 1 April. Government this week published electronic services regulations for public comment. This follows

E-tolls: day of reckoning arrives

The long-awaited electronic tolling system on Gauteng’s highways was expected to go live at midnight on Monday. This follows several years of delays due to court challenges and a public outcry. On Monday, an application by the Freedom

Telkom keen to lead SA broadband project

Telkom group CEO Sipho Maseko said on Monday that the partially state-owned telecommunications operator is keen to be intimately involved in the deployment of a national broadband network into areas of the country that are not currently well served. But Maseko warned that government

Row erupts over Twitter ‘plagiarism’

Business Day Television (BDTV) and CNBC Africa have become embroiled in a dispute over alleged plagiarism after the former broadcaster, formerly known as Summit TV, accused its competitor of copying a series of messages posted on Twitter during yesterday’s midterm budget speech by finance

Smart ID fee may be waived

Home affairs minister Naledi Pandor and finance minister Pravin Gordhan will decide whether to waive the fee for new smart ID cards, the home affairs department said on Thursday. “As [Pandor] has indicated in parliament, she is in discussion with national treasury regarding fees for certain

SA losing out on tax online

South African Internet users purchasing goods, especially virtual services and content, from international suppliers are hurting the fiscus and making local businesses less competitive. That’s the view of a tax specialist at auditing firm Deloitte, who says VAT is seldom levied on these purchases

SA drags customs into 21st century

The South African Revenue Service has introduced a new automated customs system that combines 26 previous systems and is intended to speed up the processing of goods at borders, cut back on corruption and make the country a more attractive gateway to Africa

SA customs goes digital

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has introduced a new digital customs management system at border posts, finance minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday. “This is a very important milestone,” Gordhan told media at Megawatt Park in Sunninghill, Johannesburg. “We would be one of the few countries

SABC gambles millions on new channels

Finance minister Pravin Gordhan has previously slapped down plans by the SABC for a 24-hour news channel, saying “this is not the time for vanity projects”, but that has not stopped the public broadcaster steaming ahead to the launch of its satellite project on 1 August

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