South Africa’s SABC Proposes An Increase In TV Licence Fees -Reports
30 August 2019
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has drafted a proposal and sent it to the Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams suggesting an increase in TV licences fees.
This was according to the Shadow Minister of Communications, Phumzile Van Damme when she gave the press feedback from a meeting that took place this week between South Africa’s government ministers and the SABC.
While it had not been specified how much the fees would increase by, Van Damme said that she is opposed to any additional taxation of the already over-burdened South African taxpayers.
She said that the public broadcaster should find innovative ways and new revenue streams to stay afloat instead of increasing TV licence fees.
In the same meeting, the SABC’s Group Chief Financial Officer Yolande van Biljon said that the broadcaster is practically insolvent and is struggling to pay service providers and contractual obligations.
She said that the SABC owes enormous sums of money to major suppliers such as it’s primary signal distributor -Sentech, Supersport and Samro.
Yolande even revealed that some suppliers had now indicated their unwillingness to take up further contracts with the SABC due to its financial dire straits.