How to pay your TV licence to buy Black Friday TV deals

While many South Africans are against the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) TV licence scheme and avoid paying their fees, a valid TV licence will be required to buy a Black Friday TV deal.

There are several ways to pay TV licence fees, including online, electronic funds transfer (EFT), and bank deposits.

The SABC lets TV licence holders pay their fees via credit card through its Fast Pay “Pay Now” platform.

However, this has suffered downtime in the past and the broadcaster offers several other channels for TV licence payments.

In South African law, retailers must request a valid TV Licence from customers before selling them a television.

While there are ways around this, including combining a TV streaming stick or box with a big-screen monitor or a projector, high-quality televisions are often more cost-effective.

With Black Friday around the corner, many shoppers in South Africa may be looking for a deal on a new television.

However, they must pay for a TV licence if they don’t already possess one or validate their licence by paying any outstanding fees to do so.

The SABC’s policy regarding TV licence payments is as follows:

  • First-time applicants must pay the full annual fee of R265.
  • Renewals must be paid annually before the licence expires.
  • Licence holders can spread payments throughout the year at R28 a month. This includes a R9 per month premium, bringing the total annual cost to R336.

However, if you have avoided paying your TV licence, you must pay penalties in addition to the annual fee to validate it.

“Forgetting to renew your TV licence means a penalty of 10% per month to a maximum of 100% per annum,” says the SABC.

Payment at Easypay, Pay At, and other outlets

The SABC’s network of physical paypoints includes the South African Post Office, several retailers, Easypay outlets, and Pay At outlets.

Its retail partners include Massmart’s Game and Makro, and JD Group stores like Incredible Connection and Hi-Fi Corporation.

Those who prefer Easypay outlets can pay at stores like Pick n Pay Supermarkets, Hypermarkets and Family Stores, Woolworths, and Checkers.

South African residents can also pay their TV licence fees at Pay At outlets, including PEP, Spar, and Ackermans.

EFTs and bank deposits

TV licence holders can pay their TV licence fees through Internet banking or their banking app.

The SABC requires customers to use their TV licence account number as the reference for their payments.

Payments via EFT must be made to the following account:

  • Branch: Absa
  • Account number: 4050720141
  • Branch number: 335105
  • Reference: Use your TV Licence account number as a reference.

Those who aren’t comfortable paying the TV licence fees via EFT can go to a local bank to pay over the counter or at an ATM.

The SABC partners with the following banks for in-person or ATM TV licence payments:

  • Absa — deposit to account number 2840000241.
  • FNB — deposit to account number 62009434987.
  • Nedbank — the SABC says TV licence holders can make payments over the counter at any Nedbank branch. It doesn’t specify an account number.
  • Standard Bank — deposit to account number 002351234.

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