SARS appoints former Comair CIO as deputy commissioner: enterprise strategy, enablement and modernisation


Carl Scholtz will oversee the development and dissemination of modernisation techniques at SARS.

Carl Scholtz is among three latest hires at SARS, including the appointment of current chief revenue officer at SARS, Johnstone Makhubu, who has been promoted to deputy commissioner: taxpayer engagement and operations, and Bridgitte Backman, the new deputy commissioner of corporate and enterprise services.

Carl has extensive experience in leading systems development and integration, architecture design, and business process re-engineering initiatives. He has accumulated valuable experience in formulating business strategies and executing business turnarounds in the posts he has held at various enterprises, including at Comair, SAB, Pick n Pay and the JSE.

He has spearheaded mega-projects in the financial services industry and was the programme director at the JSE, where he was responsible for the delivery of its Integrated Trading and Clearing solution, a R500 million core system replacement programme involving 18 different systems over a period of three years.

His significant operational and commercial experience makes him the ideal candidate to head up SARS’s enterprise strategy, enabling and modernisation portfolio in an environment where the organisation is striving toward building its advanced data science and artificial intelligence capability and striving to harness technological innovations to advance the strategic objectives of SARS and gain transformational efficiency and effectiveness towards building a smart, modern SARS.

Carl obtained his honours degree in electronic engineering from the University of Pretoria, and a master’s in business leadership from the Unisa School of Business Leadership.

In his role as deputy commissioner, Carl will also oversee the effective and efficient provision of IT systems required to support SARS’s unique objectives and goals, as well as the management, flow, and strategy of data throughout its lifecycle to meet SARS’s business and financial objectives.

“There is no higher purpose for a leader than to serve. In doing so, the only people to whom a leader is accountable are the people he or she purports to serve. We want leaders who bring balance to the respective roles; leaders who live the higher purpose of building our country; leaders who are passionate about tax and customs; leaders who will value and nurture those whom they lead. But most importantly, we want leaders who have the best outcomes for our taxpayers at heart,” says SARS commissioner Edward Kieswetter.

“Appointment is only half the job of succession. Succession includes activities that occur after the appointment of the deputy commissioners – activities designed to maximise their chances of success. I look forward to championing those activities,” he adds.

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