South Africa - To Apply for a Television Licences
If you are in possession of a TV set, you must have a valid, paid-up television licence at all times. You can apply one by following the instructions and procedure.
You are eligible to apply for TV licence if you have Television set.
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- You can apply for a TV licence at your nearest Post Office or at a retailer authorised to issue new TV licences.
- When you take out a TV licence for the first time, you must pay the full annual fee of R250. The annual fee of a concessionary licence is R70 a year. Individuals need to apply at the SABC for a concessionary licence.
- To qualify for a concessionary licence, you must be:
- 70 years or older and not living with economically active dependants or non-dependants
- receiving a social grant, old age, disability or war veteran’s grant from the Department of Social Development.
- Organisations, including businesses, need a TV licence for each set in their possession.
- Households need only one licence for all TV sets in the house, provided that they all belong to the same owner.
- Adult (non-dependent) children earning their own keep, parents receiving a pension or own income, and boarders and lodgers living with a family are not covered by the household’s domestic licence but must pay their own TV licence.
- If you own a retail store selling TV sets, you must inform your customers that they cannot buy a TV set before producing proof of a valid, paid-up television licence. Prospective buyers can apply for the licence at the nearest Post Office or ask the retailer to process a new TV licence application on their behalf.
Businesses with more than 10 television sets may qualify for a discount, which is calculated on a sliding scale depending on the number of sets and is subject to certain conditions.
- Forms to complete
An application form for a TV licence is available at the Post Office or an authorised dealer.
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Go to your nearest Post Office or retailer authorised to issue new TV licences to apply for a new TV licence.
- Submit all required documents
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- Application form with the licence fee
- Proof of physical address and postal address, with contact numbers.
- Valid identity proof
- Citizenship Proof
- Passport (if available)
- R250 per annum.
- R70 for concessionary licence.
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Depending on where you apply for a new TV licence, it may take a few hours for your application to be granted.
- National office
- Tel: 011 330 9555
- Fax: 011 330 9560/1
- City/town: Johannesburg
- Province: Gauteng
- Physical address: Henly Road, Auckland Park, Johannesburg
- Postal address: Private Bag X60, Auckland Park, 2006
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- South Africa Government Services
- Department of Communications
- TV Licences
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