The South African government owes almost R60 million in TV licence and advertising fees to the SABC.
This was revealed in a written response from the Minister of the Communications and Digital Technologies Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams to Parliamentary questions posed by DA MP Phumzile van Damme.
The minister noted an amount of about R18.7 million is owed by a total of 126 provincial departments, while 20 national departments have outstanding TV licence fees balances totalling just shy of R1.7 million.
R6.3 million remains outstanding across 249 municipality accounts, while 57 state-owned enterprises (SOEs) have a TV licence debt of nearly R1.6 million.
Combined these entities owe around R28.3 million to the SABC for unpaid TV Licence fees.
The table below provides a breakdown of the exact amounts owed by each level/category of government.
In addition to the outstanding TV licence fees, various government entities owe the SABC’s sales division for advertising.
This includes three national departments, 24 provincial departments, six municipalities, and eight SOEs.
Durban’s Ethekweni Municipality accounted for the largest portion of outstanding advertising fees among municipalities – R1.18 million – while the Mopani District Municipality in Limpopo followed with R950,000 owed.
Government Communications and Information Services (GCIS), which falls under the authority of the Ministry in the Presidency, owes the SABC R12.27 million – by far the most of any national department.
With regards to provincial departments, the Limpopo Education Department was the worst offender – with over R1.9 million outstanding.
In total, the SABC is owed about R29.2 million in unpaid advertising bills. The table below shows exactly how much is owed by each category/level of government.
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