South Africa is one of the countries where payment is required for the reception of television broadcasts. This payment is called a television license. The license fee is also paid for TV sets that have some broadcasts that are partly or fully funded. As it is obtainable on most broadcasters, the SABC TV licence offers TV license holders the opportunity to legally view programs without interruption.
It covers clients’ viewing all through a licensing year and is expected to be renewed before the year runs out. SABC TV License is mandatory as long as one has a television set and whether it is in use or not, according to the Broadcasting Act No 4 of 1999, as amended. Checking your SABC TV License balance or initiating a cancellation requires little or no effort. Simply follow the steps below.
How to Check SABC TV Licence Balance
This process is very easy to navigate through as the broadcaster has made sure it is accessible and convenient for everyone irrespective of the type of license one is having. These are the steps involved:
- Go to SABC television official license platform using the link.
- Simply enter your TV Licence account number or ID number.
- Click on the ‘Submit’ button and you would be directed to a page where you will check your license balance.
Interestingly, you can manage your account and do other things once you are logged in. From viewing your payment history to making payments and other transactions, the platform offers clients the opportunity to conveniently do a whole lot in a user-friendly manner.
How Do I Check My TV Licence Online?
To do this, it requires a simple process. Simply sign in using your last name, the postcode on your licence, and your TV license number to view your TV Licence online. It can be done at any time. Interestingly, you can go ahead to cancel your TV license if you only watch Netflix. But you need a TV license if you are watching Live TV on apps or BBC programs on iPlayer.
Steps To Initiate SABC TV License Cancellation
People cancel their TV licenses mostly when they don’t own a TV set capable of receiving broadcast signals (Recall that regardless of whether a TV set is used or not, a license remains payable).
Also, you are no longer required to have a television license when you lose, sell, or dispose of your television set (s). In such a situation, you need to make the relevant statement at the nearest Commissioner of Oaths or inform the SABC through a pro forma affidavit to cancel your license.
Simply follow these steps:
- Fill the pro forma affidavit correctly. You can pick it up at the nearest SABC office.
- Forward it to [email protected] as a cancellation request.
- You can as well contact the SABC on 011 330 9555 to initiate cancellation.
Important Facts To Know About Initiating SABC TV Licence Cancellation
- If you have an outstanding amount on your account, your TV licence cannot be canceled.
- The SABC reserves the right to send inspectors to your premises to verify whether you still have a TV set or not.
- Should a TV set be found in your possession after the processing of your cancellation, you will be made to pay the outstanding TV Licence fees and penalties as well.
- Should the case eventually end up in court, you could face six months of jail time, an R500 fine, or both.
- Another way to validate the cancellation of your TV licence is to denature the TV set. This process involves the removal of the TV’s signal tuner. This can be carried out by a professional TV repairer or installer.
More Facts On Denaturing Your TV Set
- You need to write to the SABC notifying them of your intention to denature your TV set. This is the only way you can qualify for this exemption.
- Your letter or notice must be forwarded alongside a letter from the installer or repairer, invoice, or any other documentary proof.
- You are expected to make a payment of R300 to the SABC when sending your letter.
- Once you complete the process, the SABC will send an agent to your home to confirm if you have TV receiving equipment.
- You will automatically be exempted from paying for your TV licence once this is confirmed.
How To Find Out If Your TV Licence Is Valid
Simply go to the front of your TV Licence documentation to find out if your TV license is valid or not. However, if this method did not work for you, simply log in and view your licence on the SABC website to find out the validity of your licence and other things.
Types Of TV Licences
There are various types of television licenses available to everyone. Depending on who you are and what you do, there is a suitable license package that you can benefit from. Take a look at the available packages:
This package is exclusively designed for prospective clients who have plans of setting up a TV in a business environment. It also offers amazing services to people with any connection to business activities or related transactions.
This particular licence is fashioned for individual or household use. It is mainly used in residences and not for business purposes. It is unique and suitable for usage in homes.
A Mobile Licence
This licence is strictly for private use. It is designed for people setting up a TV in a vessel, mobile home, aircraft, vehicle, and other mobile devices. This package offers a great deal of comfort and more to users.
A Dealer Licence
It is not out of place for TV dealers to show contents to prospective buyers. So, it is for this purpose that this package was designed for people who deal with TV sets.
What Happens If I Don’t Pay For My TV Licence?
Failure to pay your TV License attracts some penalties. It is an offense and is liable to a fine not more than R500 with each offense and/or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months upon conviction in a criminal court.
Facts To Know About SABC TV Licence
- SABC TV licence costs R265 annually. This fee must be paid in full by first-time applicants.
- TV licence holders are expected to renew their licence annually before its expiration.
- Renewal fee can be, however, paid monthly throughout the year at R28 per month.
- Payments at the end of the month are subject to a small premium for convenience. Therefore, the annual payment is R336.
- Forgetting to renew your TV licence means a penalty of 10% monthly to a maximum of 100% per year.
- You can pay for your TV licence online at your banking website using the TV Licences account details, or online by using your credit card. You can as well simply go to the EasyPay website for payment.