Acting Sars Commissioner, Mark Kingon, says what's been reported in the media recently about the Sars IT system being on a brink of collapse is not a true reflection of what is going on. He says the IT system is not about to go down anytime soon.
However, Kingon has acknowledged that Sars IT system is 40% behind in terms of system updates and that they haven't invested sufficiently in infrastructure.
We are two and half years behind, about 40%, in terms of our schedule of refresh. Just like you at home we buy new PCs because they get slow over time, we have to do that with all our IT equipment— Mark Kingon, Acting Sars Commissioner
But the system remains fully stable...— Mark Kingon, Acting Sars Commissioner
Kingon explains that some features on the e-filing system are not compatible with Apple operating systems like iOS and that will be fixed in the following year.
He says when the system was created it was a cutting-edge technology but it advances very fast.
HTML 5 is the coding language of choice for now and that could move on in a couple of years. But we need to make that we are compatible.— Mark Kingon, Acting Sars Commissioner
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