In the light of losing viewers to Netflix, Showmax, YouTube and other online subscription services, the SABC is considering making it mandatory for people to pay a TV licence for devices they view content on. For example, computers, cellphones and tablets.
South Africa’s public broadcaster seems to be grasping at straws by trying to introduce a ridiculous new Broadcasting Act that forces millions of people to pay a fee to view content on their personal electronic devices. SABC CEO James Aguma told parliament that this would broaden the collection base for SABC TV licences which in turn would help to increase the potential revenue for the cash-strapped public broadcaster.
In all honesty, I can’t even remember the last time I watched SABC. It might have been in 2010, during the FIFA World Cup. Nevertheless, like a good citizen, I have paid my TV licence regardless. However, this is completely preposterous. Not only do I not watch SABC channels on any of these devices, but I’m not interested in watching them anywhere for any sort of reason at all. It’s as silly as charging birds air passenger tax.