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SABC TV Licence - Eureka - Success

Date: 2nd May 2013

SABC TV Licence – Eureka- Success

I know that many of you in South Africa tune in to my Blog so I must tell you that at long last the wretched business of my SABC TV Licence has been sorted.

Just a brief resumé – I had a flat in Capetown and went there for 3 months each year for seven years. I had a television and paid my licence every year when I returned in January. Circumstances forced me to sell it in 2010 and I wound up all my affairs. I was contacted in 2011 for non payment of TV licence. I rang various departments and spoke to several people and finally sent a copy of my passport proving I’d left the country when I said I had. In 2012 I was pestered again and assuming it was just a bureaucratic error, ignored it. This year I received another email demanding payment and then was put on a Debtor’s list.

Thanks entirely to the help received from a lovely man at the South African High Commission in London, I got the appropriate form stamped and witnessed at the Commission  proving that I do not live in SA and do not have a TV. But then to whom should I send the document? I was constantly ignored by Ms. Du Plessis from whom the demanding emails were coming. I begged for some way whereby I could be assured that if I sent the document it would be acknowledged. I also wrote to the Communications and Liaison Officer Christelle Keevy – all was met with a resounding silence.

I was loathe to send the document but the dear man at the High Commission scanned it and it was this I sent to Ms. Du Plessis and Ms. Keevy. I received no acknowledgement from either and then yesterday I received a document absolving me and acknowledging that I no longer need a TV licence and the matter has been drawn to a close. No apology, no good wishes, nothing – a complete lack of common courtesy.

It was worth the inconvenience of travelling to London to get the document officially witnessed. I feel that had I had it witnessed by a UK Commissioner for Oaths it could have disappeared into the ether.

All in all I have spent several days of my time attempting to sort out this matter, have been very concerned about it, had one sleepless night, and been involved in expense.

Had it not been for my saviour in the High Commission – who has to deal with several cases like mine every month (and I’m sure he has better things to do with his time) I’m not sure how the matter could have been resolved. I was up against a faceless bureaucracy – perhaps Ms. Du Plessis didn’t really exist!!

So to all of you out there, including the lady whose long deceased mother is still being bothered for payment of a licence fee, all I can say is ‘Heaps of Good Luck’ – you’ll need it!!

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