EDITORIAL | SA’s tired of coughing up, so good luck with those ...


EDITORIAL | SA’s tired of coughing up, so good luck with those licences

Tired of their money being squandered by greedy politicians, they're turning to ‘safe’ protests


The SABC is in dire need of a lifeline, says its head of TV licences, Sylvia Tladi. This means finding innovative ways to get people to pay their licence fees. The SA public’s response? A shrugging of shoulders. In short, South Africans are saying, “Good luck with that and don’t make a problem you created our problem”. 

“It’s just the minority that will say, ‘I don’t need SABC'," insists Tladi. “But the bulk of this country depends on this institution. It is our duty as the SABC to make sure that we are there for the citizens of this country who cannot afford streaming.”

Two years ago, the SABC was reported to be owed a monstrous R25bn in unpaid licence fees that had accumulated over three years. Last month, the public broadcaster said debt collection agencies had made some progress in retrieving unpaid fees since May. Cash collections from April last year to July 2020 stood at almost R230m, but a shortfall of R167m remained...

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