SABC's plans for TV Licence collection are "parasitic" and "insane"

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SABC's plans for TV Licence collection are "parasitic" and "insane"

The SABC's plans to have DStv and Netflix collect TV Licence fees on its behalf and to expand the definition of devices which require such a licence are "insane" and attempt to shift the blame for its shortcomings onto other parties.

This is the view of television journalist and analyst Thinus Ferreira, who runs South African television news website TV with Thinus.

The SABC has been in discussions with Parliament around the current dismal compliance levels for payment of TV licence fees, which have led to huge revenue shortfalls at the broadcaster.
 
The big irony is absolutely nobody shows SABC content. Where old programs like Heidi is broadcast on Dstv they already pay a license fee for that.
 
In its annual report for the 2019 financial year, the SABC said it only collected payments from 2.9 million of the 9.4 million licence holders on its database.
How many of those database entries are completely invalid?

I would put it at more than 70% because the SABC disregards death certificates sent in by relatives and "sees dead people" as zombie cash cows, then there are the people that emigrated that will also still be in that database, and companies that have gone bust will also still be in that database.

Once you're in the SABC's database, even cremation will not get your details removed.

But being an ANC politician probably means you never get added to the database to start with.
 
How many of those database entries are completely invalid?

I would put it at more than 70% because the SABC disregards death certificates sent in by relatives and "sees dead people" as zombie cash cows, then there are the people that emigrated that will also still be in that database, and companies that have gone bust will also still be in that database.

Once you're in the SABC's database, even cremation will not get your details removed.

But being an ANC politician probably means you never get added to the database to start with.
A crucial step and an urgent one to sort out. Then at least the baseline will be corrected.

Deaths, marriages and licence holders in the DB that have emigrated.
 
How many of those database entries are completely invalid?

I would put it at more than 70% because the SABC disregards death certificates sent in by relatives and "sees dead people" as zombie cash cows, then there are the people that emigrated that will also still be in that database, and companies that have gone bust will also still be in that database.

Once you're in the SABC's database, even cremation will not get your details removed.

But being an ANC politician probably means you never get added to the database to start with.
There are also licenses created for people without televisions by inspectors. Anyone can fill in the forms and sign them. There's no vetting of the forms.
 
Does somebody know what value sabc adds that makes them think that people need to pay them? If you only use streaming where does sabc fit into the value chain? Maybe if I understood that, I might be willing to pay, but until then just F OFF.
 
I have 2 thoughts on this. First, if the SABC cannot survive without license fees why should we pay for it since it is obvious we don not want or need it. Second thought, if it is so crucial to have a "public broadcaster" include license fees in household municipal accounts. Every person with a municipal account gets a few rand added to their account for TV license. In this way there will be so much income generated they will be able to reduce license fees by about half I would guess. In the event that the account holder so not have a TV on the premises a municipal person can go and do a random annual inspection at the residence or business. There will not be that many that it would be a problem
 
I have 2 thoughts on this. First, if the SABC cannot survive without license fees why should we pay for it since it is obvious we don not want or need it. Second thought, if it is so crucial to have a "public broadcaster" include license fees in household municipal accounts. Every person with a municipal account gets a few rand added to their account for TV license. In this way there will be so much income generated they will be able to reduce license fees by about half I would guess. In the event that the account holder so not have a TV on the premises a municipal person can go and do a random annual inspection at the residence or business. There will not be that many that it would be a problem
Another thing millions don't pay - municipal accounts.
 
I got a legacy account, think it was registered at a Mcdonalds in London... Suck on that SABC
 
We also had licences for dogs and bicycles - bring those back as well anc?....GFY and create some wealth in our economy instead of just appropriating other's entreneurial skills and capital investments that you just cannot match, other than take, take and take in true your avowed gimme club, marxist ideology!
 
A public broadcaster is absolutely essential, just maybe not for the average reader of this forum. But collection of revenue should not require an additional and inefficient admin system. Government should just subsidise them already and drop the crazy licence fee hassle.
 
“Pulling private video companies into your inept quagmire is not the answer. Private companies will rightly refuse,” Ferreira said.
Oh Thinus...
You're oblivious to the fact that corporations will help Government erect the fences of the Gulags if it benefits them.
 
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