SABC wants to hike TV licence fees again

2014-07-07 14:09
Cape Town – The SABC wants to raise the price again of the annual SABC TV licence fees that all South African TV households have to pay.

"TV licences are an important part of our revenue stream," Tian Olivier, the acting SABC CEO told parliament's portfolio committee on communications on Friday.

"In cash terms TV licences bring in about R1bn a year. We will approach the department of communications to assist us with changes in the regulations and also a possible tariff increase to stay in line with the inflationary increase in the cost of collecting our licences," Olivier said.

"To stand out in the clutter the SABC aims to maintain high quality content, distinct from commercial content, that is educational, editorially independent, universally accessible, culturally diverse, nation-building and resonates with our audiences," he said.

Careful not to have some people paying double increases

"The increases to our TV licence fees have always been inflation related to keep track of the cost of collecting the licence," Olivier said in answer to a question from parliament. "It will probably go from the R265, six percent on that".

"The implementation of that would depend on approval by the minister of communications and we need about two months to implement it. The last increase that we had if I remember it correctly was in April, so we must probably work it out so that we don't have a period where some people are paying double increases".

"We must just synchronise when the previous SABC TV licence tariff increase was," Olivier told parliament. It will not be more than inflation. We just ask for an inflation related increase".
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