Pravin Gordhan: Master Juggler

Author :

Peta Krost Maunder

Pages :

8

Product Type :

Case

Reference # :

WBS-2007-5

Teaching Note :

Abridged case

Institute:

Wits Business School

Setting:

Article for Business Day

Year:

2007

Keywords:

Leadership

Summary/Abstract:

The 2006 tax year was a record one for Pravin Gordhan, commissioner of the South African Revenue Services (SARS). By March 2007, he had already outstripped Finance Minister Trevor Manuel’s revised tax collection target by R3 billion. And, at the last minute, he found an extra billion that he had collected from taxpayers, as well. Since Gordhan took on this position in 1999, SARS had improved enormously, and tax collection, which was once a losing battle, was now beating all targets. However, shortly after Manuel announced SARS’s unprecedented successes in March 2007, Gordhan warned of tougher times ahead.