Barbara is a CA(SA) with post graduate qualifications in tax and international tax. Her experience includes working for auditors, large corporates, and Sars. Economics, financial corruption and tax policy are among her interests.

PIC fails to provide an exemplary service to government pensioners

Then pays a dividend of R80m to government – off the back of income on assets surely owned primarily by the state employee pension pot?

Zuma again draws on his constitutional rights to avoid justice

ANC cadres were in court on Tuesday to support Zuma against the state. Awkward.

Sars – Please protect me from yourself

The revenue service has tricky bridges to cross in its long, arduous journey to recovery.

Eskom to get R59bn, but T&Cs are onerous

Monthly ‘management’ reports compliant with IFRS mandated. Seriously?

Denel in 2019 – new board, same old problems

Inadequate audit evidence to provide basis for audit opinion.

Tax Ombud provides exemplary service to taxpayers

But details of new systemic issues at Sars emerge.

Coega aims to become the champion of socio-economic development

But at what cost to the fiscus?

A loss for Boris Johnson, a win for democratic governance

His advice to the queen was unlawful, null and of no effect.

The man disrobed – a window into the ANC elite?

From the upper echelons down, it seems the social disintegration of South Africa may be more widespread than we realised.

SA trails behind in economic freedom ratings

SA was at 47 on the index in 2000; it’s now ranked 101 out of 162 countries. Another red flag.

The rose-tinted blinkers approach to economic reform

There is an ominous expectation that private capital will ‘invest’.

Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority – another audit delayed

Is the Auditor-General being overzealous in requesting proof of expenditure?

Gavin Watson into the void

Government tenders awarded for bags of cash.

Taxpayers want more efficiency, trust and credibility from Sars – survey

The most important outcomes of a PwC tax survey in regard to corporate income tax and Vat returns.

Sars’s role in combatting tax evasion and money laundering

The tax agency should be cracking down on financial crimes more robustly.

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