Beyers Theron was appointed Acting Chief Officer: Customs and Excise in July 2018. He brings with him a strong background in operational experience, having spent 35 years in the Customs division of the South African Revenue Service (SARS).
He started his career as a Customs officer in the then Department of Finance in 1983, followed by a lengthy tenure in Customs training. In the late 1990s, Beyers was chosen to play a leading role in the Customs Transformation Programme, which became a SARS-wide programme called Siyakha. He was tasked with the full organisational restructuring of the Customs component within SARS. Beyers later became Head of Customs Operations at SARS, and oversaw national Customs Operations for several years.
As Executive: Customs Modernisation Strategy and Design, Beyers headed up the Customs Modernisation Programme from 2010 until 2016, implementing a new automated Customs declaration processing system and a cutting-edge inspection process. At the time of his appointment as Acting Chief Officer, Beyers was Executive: Customs and Excise Centre of Excellence, a position which has seen him drive implementation of the New Customs Acts Programme (NCAP).
From a regional perspective, Beyers has played a leading role in establishing Customs’ data exchange and regional accreditation programmes. He has extensive international experience, and has represented SARS on various global and regional bodies and working groups. He also represents SARS on the WCO SACU Connect Programme Steering Committee, and is often consulted for assistance and guidance on Customs Modernisation programmes internationally and within the SACU region.