A side view of the new Sars premises. Photo: Alida de Beer
GEORGE NEWS - Taxpayers will now have to head out to the eastern outskirts of George for a visit to the SA Revenue Services.
Sars finally relocated from the York Park building in the centre of town to a brand-new 2500m² building near the Garden Route Mall on Friday.
The offices at York Park closed at 15:00 on Friday, after which the big move of all computer and office equipment started in earnest.
Officials at the new premises were not allowed to comment during a visit of the George Herald, but one said they worked all hours to ensure a smooth transition.
Jannie Joubert from JC Joubert Building Contractors, the main contractor on site, said they completed the building in record time. "We had to put in a lot of overtime and worked weekends and holidays to meet the deadline."
The builders were on site on 25 January and handed over the building on 1 June with fencing, paved parking and car ports completed.
Efforts to obtain permission for a photo opportunity inside the building through Sicelo Mkosi from Sars's communications department, failed. He never got back to the George Herald with a response.
Information flyers have been put up at York Park to redirect members of the public to the new building, which belongs to Rainbow Place Properties, the developers of Eden Meander.