MultiChoice slams SABC plan for DStv to collect TV Licence fees

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MultiChoice slams SABC plan for DStv to collect TV Licence fees

MultiChoice has slammed a proposal by the SABC that DStv be required to collect TV Licence fees as part of a reform of public broadcasting laws in South Africa.

The proposal from the SABC was revealed in its policy submissions on the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies’ Draft White Paper on Audio and Audiovisual Content Services, which aims to modernise South Africa's broadcasting regulations.
 

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“The household levy is founded on the fact that every single South African household has the realistic ability to access public broadcasting content, whether via analogue free-to-air TV and radio platforms or via DTT, DTH, the Internet and streaming services through several mobile apps,” the SABC said.

“Therefore, the levy is linked to the public’s ability to access public broadcasting content rather than on the consumption of that content,” it added.
Where and when was it proven to be a fact that such is true of "every single South African household"?

There are numerous households that do not even have basic services like piped municipal water, electricity, indoors toilets, a proper building structure, and now the SABC claims those households have magical abilities to pay the SABC.

The SABC has a realistic and proven track record of being corrupt, rotten from the top all the way down to the Johnny.

“If SARS had collected the R265 TV licence fee from taxpayers in the financial year ended March 2019, it would have raised R5.9 billion in total revenue for public service broadcasting, as compared to the total revenue of R968.1 million collected by the SABC,” the company said.
If SARS had collected that directly from MonoChoice as a monopoly tax, SA would have had a much more competitive pay TV market.
 

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Is Multichoice allowed to just drop the SABC channels and be done with them, or are they mandated to provide it?
 

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I want to know what is their definition of a house hold ?
If SARS collects then every tax pay in the household will pay.. hmm me thinks not.

By the SABC same "stupid" argument then why not create a tax to pay for the SAA. Why you ask, well we all have access to it regardless if you can afford it, so pay up sheep. Or lets have a tax for Eskom.
 

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“Therefore, the levy is linked to the public’s ability to access public broadcasting content rather than on the consumption of that content,” it added.

You have to be kidding.

Using this rationale I could get arrested for the ability to access kiddie porn even though I don't consume it .
 

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I have the "ability" to pay my tv license but choose not to.

/drops mic
 

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Case of the Pot calling the kettle black. No sympathy for DSTV
 

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However they try to slice and dice it, end of the day, they are just going to net the same folks, that are currently paying. Possibly an insignificant few extra.
 

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I think I ought to start billing SABC because they have a realistic ability to access my services by virtue of tar roads.
Ps. Drunk driving charges next as a bar was open nearby.
 
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Big picture, a new levy will be implemented across the board:

Do you have realistic ability to access: SAPO, SABC, SAPS, SAA, a toll road, food, air. Etc etc.

ANC: levy applies
 

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Er... wtf Multichoice? You just decided to throw over-taxed South African tax-payers under the bus? Man, if I was a subscriber, I'd cancel.

Not everyone in this country is a tax-payer. (Wikipedia) In 2018/19, of the 21.1 million individual taxpayers only 6.6 million (31%) were expected to submit tax returns. Furthermore, only 4.9 million taxpayers (23%) submitted returns and were assessed.

There are way more households than taxpayers: (statista.com) As of 2019, the number of households in South Africa increased and amounted to approximately 17.16 million.

This is probably the stupidest thing I've heard from ANYONE on TV Licenses, and that includes the department of communication and the SABC.
 

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Er... wtf Multichoice? You just decided to throw over-taxed South African tax-payers under the bus? Man, if I was a subscriber, I'd cancel.

Not everyone in this country is a tax-payer. (Wikipedia) In 2018/19, of the 21.1 million individual taxpayers only 6.6 million (31%) were expected to submit tax returns. Furthermore, only 4.9 million taxpayers (23%) submitted returns and were assessed.

There are way more households than taxpayers: (statista.com) As of 2019, the number of households in South Africa increased and amounted to approximately 17.16 million.

This is probably the stupidest thing I've heard from ANYONE on TV Licenses, and that includes the department of communication and the SABC.
How did MC throw anyone under the bus here?
 

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I think I ought to start billing SABC because they have a realistic ability to access my services by virtue of tar roads.
Ps. Drunk driving charges next as a bar was open nearby.

* Pledge to buy person in accounts department something each month in turn for PO number
* Bill monthly
* Profit
 

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How did MC throw anyone under the bus here?
By pointing the SABC at only taxpayers when only 25% of households actually pay tax. Meanwhile, DSTV has 7.4 million subscribers in South Africa. That's 2.5 million more than people who actually submitted tax returns in 2019. There is ZERO correlation between the taxpaying population and households filled with people who have the ability to receive public broadcasts. DSTV has the ability (haha) to collect money from people who do not pay tax, while SARS does not. Which will mean, yet again, that actual taxpayers have to keep on carrying the burden of failed SOE's by themselves.
 

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By pointing the SABC at only taxpayers when only 25% of households actually pay tax. Meanwhile, DSTV has 7.4 million subscribers in South Africa. That's 2.5 million more than people who actually submitted tax returns in 2019. There is ZERO correlation between the taxpaying population and households filled with people who have the ability to receive public broadcasts. DSTV has the ability (haha) to collect money from people who do not pay tax, while SARS does not. Which will mean, yet again, that actual taxpayers have to keep on carrying the burden of failed SOE's by themselves.
Point one, pretty much any South African who does any form of shopping pays 15% tax
 
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