Who pays for TV Licence?

In South Africa, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), the public broadcaster, relies on TV licence fees to fund its operations. According to the SABC Act, “Any person who possesses or uses a television receiving set in the Republic shall pay a television licence fee.” This means that anyone who owns or uses a television set in South Africa is legally obligated to pay a TV licence fee.

The current annual TV licence fee in South Africa is R265. There are a number of ways to pay your TV licence fee, including online, through a mobile app, or at any major retail store. You can also apply for a discount or exemption if you are eligible.

Exemptions from TV licence fees

The following individuals or entities are exempt from paying TV licence fees in South Africa:

  • Public schools: The only educational institutions exempt from the legal requirement of having a television licence are public schools.
  • Disabled persons: Disabled persons who are unable to pay the full TV licence fee may apply for a discount or exemption.
  • Elderly persons: Senior citizens who are receiving a pension or other government benefit may be eligible for a discount or exemption.

Penalty for not paying TV licence fees

If you are found to be in possession of a television set without a valid TV licence, you may be liable for a penalty of double the licence fee. In addition, you may be required to pay the outstanding licence fee and any additional penalties.

How to apply for a TV licence

To apply for a TV licence, you can visit the SABC website or call the SABC TV Licence Hotline on 0860 100 300. You will need to provide your name, address, and the serial number of your television set. You will also need to pay the annual TV licence fee.

The future of TV licences in South Africa

There has been some debate about the future of TV licences in South Africa. Some people believe that the SABC should find a new funding model, such as advertising or sponsorships. Others believe that the TV licence is a necessary way to support the SABC and ensure that it continues to provide public service broadcasting.