The South African Broadcasting Company (SABC) expects to face continued points round TV licences collections for the close to future, as South Africans refuse to pay their charges.
In a presentation this week, the nationwide broadcaster mentioned that the TV Licence money income collected throughout This autumn 20/21 was R200.7 million towards a funds of R293.7 million – leading to a R92.9 million (32%) shortfall towards funds.
The SABC’s This autumn outcomes cowl the interval between 1 January and 31 March 2021.
“Compared to Q3 (R278.3 million), there was a lower of R77.6 million (27.9%) in This autumn,” it mentioned.
“There was, nevertheless, a year-on-year enhance of R40.8 million (25.5%) in TV Licence income, a commendable enchancment contemplating the financial constraints.”
The monetary information reveals that the SABC failed to fulfill nearly all of its licence targets throughout the board:
- Renewals’ income stream for the quarter was under funds by R65.8 million (YTD: R14 million);
- New licences had been under funds by R13.7 million (YTD: R1.3 million);
- Debt assortment was R13.4 million under the funds (YTD: above funds by R4.2 million).
The SABC mentioned that the Covid-19 pandemic and stretched funds had been partially liable for the continued non-payment of licences.
“Lockdown restrictions, in addition to the overall results of the Covid-19 pandemic characterised by lack of earnings by licence holders, proceed to influence non-compliance by license holders, leading to decreased money income.
“As subsequent waves take maintain, and the federal government’s vaccination programme faces delays, efficiency may be anticipated to stay subdued going into the brand new fiscal (yr).”
Whereas TV licence collections have remained a sticking level for a number of years, the communications division is anticipated to strengthen rules via the South African Broadcasting Company Invoice, which is presently open for public remark.
The invoice proposes holding the present TV licensing scheme and bettering compliance via harsher penalties slightly than introducing extra taxes and levies.
It additionally proposes permitting the SABC to nominate inspectors who’re empowered to method households to verify the validity of TV licences.
The SABC has beforehand mooted an annual household levy of R265 on the eight million households presently in its TV licence billing system.
It has additionally thought-about making TV licences a requirement for smartphones, tablets and different gadgets beneath a revised definition of ‘televisions’.
Whereas the invoice favours the TV licence over the family levy, it doesn’t prescribe how the broadcaster will acquire the TV licence.
As a substitute, it states that the Unbiased Communications Authority of South Africa will probably be liable for making rules that govern TV licences in session with the SABC and the communications minister.
It could make rules on the next:
- The tv licence charge, payable for any tv licence issued, contains cost and assortment, penalties, and ancillary prices.
- The interval of validity of a tv licence.
- The way of figuring out charges of a tv licence.
- The aim for which and the place the place you might use a tv set.
- Totally different classes of tv licences which any consumer of a tv set could also be required to own.
- The responsibility to maintain, preserve and furnish data and data, together with an obligation to provide the SABC with such data and data as could also be prescribed.
- Exemptions from the duty to have a TV licence.
- The transferability of a tv licence.
Anybody discovered responsible of not paying their dues may be responsible for the next penalties:
- Along with their common TV licence charge, a penalty equal to double the quantity of the relevant prescribed licence charge
- If you happen to can show that you’ve got used your tv set for lower than a yr, the penalty is 10% of the TV licence charge for each month you didn’t pay.