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SABC Laments Sharp Drop In TV Licence Cash, Seeks Urgent Redress

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has said it feels like South Africans have stopped paying the TV licences altogether as it laments the vast drop in TV licence payment.
In a statement to the country's lawmakers, SABC says overall TV licence cash collections "were severely impacted" during the imposed lockdown as a result of the ongoing pandemic. It reported a TV licence cash collection shortfall of about 42 per cent in the period of 1st April  - 31st July 2020.
The corporation, while acknowledging the unusual circumstances that every South African find themselves during this time, says that it is putting urgent plans in place to recoup the funding due from TV licence payments. SABC says it will use a mixture of new publicity campaigns and smart technology deployments to achieve these.
SABC executives are also not ruling out pressing on with "stricter punishments allowable by law" for those who still will refuse to pay the licence fees. However, watchers of this space wonder how practical it would be for SABC to go after defaulters, given the prevailing social-economic and political conditions in the country.

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