What is a TV Licence

A TV licence is a legal requirement to install or use receiving equipment to watch or record television programs. In Swaziland whoever is in possession of a TV set or any gadget capable of receiving television broadcast, must be in possession of a valid TV licence.

The Swaziland Television Authority Act, 1983, Section 22 states –

(1) No person shall be in possession of a television receiver or video cassette recorder capable of receiving or recording television broadcasts unless he /she is in possession of a current television viewers' certificate or licence issued in accordance with this Act.

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Why do we need to have a TV Licence

According to Section 22 of The Swaziland Television Authority Act, 1983, an equipment capable of receiving or recording of TV broadcasts (DSTV Decoders) need to have a TV Viewer’s Certificate. The TV Licence Fee is one of the main income source for Swazi TV. So, it is important that we contribute our part to help and improve Swazi TV to flourish and create quality programs.

By paying your TV licence fee

  • You are contributing towards the digital future of the Swaziland.
  • You are contributing to the march of Swaziland towards His Majesty’s Vision 2022.
  • You are contributing to Swazi TV’s future which is the premier local TV Station.
  • You are initiating a positive change to help Swazi TV to create better TV programs.

WHY SHOULD YOU PAY FOR YOUR TELEVISION LICENCE

Payment of TV licence fees is a statutory (legal) requirement in terms of an Act of Parliament, specifically Section 22 of the Swaziland Television Authority Act of 1983 (Act).

To receive television signal of any kind, you have to access certain radio frequencies through which TV signals are transmitted and received. These radio frequencies are National Assets. Only a limited number of frequencies are available for use and the State generally distributes them so that citizens can access certain facilities (like watching TVs or listening to radios). Access to these broadcasting frequencies is therefore one of the major reasons why one pays for his/her television licence fees. Broadcasters like Swazi TV pays Television Broadcasting Licence fee for the right of using this resource to broadcast programmes to their viewers. TV viewers, in turn, need to have a television licence for possessing a device (a TV set) that enables them to access those frequencies in order to receive broadcast programmes. Therefore, the television licence fee is a levy imposed by the Kingdom for accessing Swaziland's broadcasting frequencies. In the same way that a vehicle licence grants a motorcar owner access to the country's road network, a TV licence authorises the use of a television set to access the broadcasting frequencies.

TV Licence is paid not only in Swaziland but in most developed countries such as the United Kingdom, German, Austria, Denmark, Japan , France, Singapore just to mention but a few. In Africa, all countries like South Africa, Zambia, Botswana have television licence fee. Only Nigeria has never had a law on television licence. The Act is therefore a very reasonable one.

Payment of TV licence fees does not constitute an offer by STVA and acceptance by the licence holder in a commercial sense. The only effect that the issuing of a licence has is to legalise the use of a TV set by a licence holder. The Act does not allow licence holders to withhold payment until and unless STVA delivers TV programmes or other "services" to their satisfaction. It is therefore a criminal offence in terms of Section 22 of the Act for one to be in possession of a television set without a licence.

A TV licence is not a "service/ or product" of some kind, which is meant to be "purchased" by "consumers" on the basis of its offering better value than similar competing products. Like a vehicle licence or a liquor, or a gun licence it is nothing more and nothing less than an official authorisation – in this case, the right to have in one′s possession and/or use a television set. The licence fee is not for the Swazi TV’s programmes, nor is there any exemption or "discount" because of dissatisfaction with the language dispensation or programmes on television, or on any other grounds whatsoever. Therefore, the requirement for one to pay for TV Licence has nothing to do with the content one watches. As already stated, the licence payment is not a service contract between the licensee and STVA. It is a statutory obligation. One pays for TV because he/she is in possession of a television set or a gadget capable of transmitting television signal.

Register your TV for a Licence

New TV buyers: While buying your TV for the first time, ask the TV seller to register your new TV. The seller will also collect the TV Licence for the first year.
Existing TV Owners: To check and register your TV licence, dial *204# and follow the prompts from your MTN Mobile.
You can check the registration status anytime by dialling *204#

Validity of a TV Licence

A television licence is valid from January 1 to December 31, it should be applied for and issued in advance.

TV Licence Inspection

TV Licence Inspection Officers will make sure that all TV and devices are licenced. They will inspect and help people to register their TVs.

When TV Licence inspection officers visit a property they will:

  • Prove their identity by showing an identity card, the officer(s) will also wear clearly marked apparel. If requested, they will also provide a contact number so the person being visited can confirm the information on the card.
  • Prove their identity by showing an identity card, the officer(s) will also wear clearly marked apparel. If requested, they will also provide a contact number so the person being visited can confirm the information on the card.
  • The Inspectors will enter the property only after being granted permission. If they are not granted permission they will end the visit. In this case, they may apply to the court for a search warrant if there is a reason to suspect that there is a television in the premise.
  • • Follow all laws and regulations applicable in carrying out the work of inspection.

Licensing Requirement

Section 22 (2) of The Swaziland Television Authority Act, 1983 states that -

“No person shall in way may deal in or in any manner trade, whether by sale, lease, or otherwise, in television receivers, recorders and other television equipment or accessories in Swaziland without a Licence issued in terms of this act.”

The Act also states (Under Clause 18) that –

“LICENCE TO DEAL IN TELEVISION RECEIVERS.

18. The authority may, subject to the approval of the minister, grant a licence to any person to deal in or trade, whether by way of sale, hire or otherwise, in television receivers, recorders, and other television equipment or accessories in Swaziland upon such terms and conditions as the board may determine, including the licence fee therefor.”

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How much is the TV Licence Fee

The TV Licence Fee is E 15 per month. So for each TV and similar devices, you need to pay E 180 per year.

How to pay for TV Licence


1. Pay at Nedbank

Account: TV Licence Project
Account # 11990043037
Branch Code: 360364 (Matsapha)
Reference: National ID for Individuals and TIN Number for companies
(Please use ID or TIN number only)

2. Pay your TV Licence at your nearest Post Office.

Find your nearest post office here

3. Mobile Money No: 7622 2000

In all payment methods, use your National ID or TIN Number
as reference number so we can update our records.

The Swaziland Television Authority Act, 1983

This Act may be cited as the Swaziland Television Authority Act, 1983 and shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may, by Notice in the Gazette, appoint.

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The Television Viewers (Certificates And Licence) Regulations, 1983

These Regulations may be cited as the Television Viewers (Certificates and Licences) Regulations, 1983 and shall come into force on 1st April, 1983.

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