In a bid to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) announced on Tuesday that it would increase safety measures at all ports of entry in the country.
This news comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech on Sunday night, where he declared the outbreak a ‘national disaster’.
Sars customs officials will follow more stringent safety measures such as avoiding physical contact, using non-intrusive detection devices, and wearing more protective clothing.
The revenue service however warned taxpayers that although the country was going through a time of uncertainty, their tax returns were still due before 31 March. – Bjorn Vorster