SABC CEO James Aguma has told parliament that the SABC wants the Broadcasting Act changed to allow for it to charge South Africans a TV Licence fee for additional viewing devices.
According to a report by Channel24, this will include computers, cellphones, and tablets.
Aguma and his board made the statement to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications.
He said the SABC is “budgeting for lower revenue from SABC TV Licences this year”, and wants to make changes to the Broadcasting Act to “make it mandatory for people to pay a TV Licence for more devices they view content on”.
Currently, citizens must pay a TV Licence for devices which can receive a “TV signal”. This excludes devices such as PC monitors.
The current TV Licence fee is R265 per year.