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Have you paid your TV licence yet?

The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) has extended the deadline for paying TV licenses to the end of November after which a late-payment penalty of N$61-60 will be levied. The NBC magnanimously announced on 22 October that because "the response has been so good", the parastatal decided to extend the deadline. The NBC also said TV license prices have increased and they gave viewers 9 days in which to pay the license fees. This week the deadline was extended because of " the good response."

The new fees are N$204 for private households, while pensioners over the age of 60 and disabled persons receiving a disability grant must pay N$60. Accommodation establishments are to pay N$220, radio and television dealers N$440 and all other institutions N$220.

According to the NBC, licences can be renewed at all post offices, the NBC Licence Section, Northern Industrial Area, Windhoek, and at the NBC's regional offices in Keetmanshoop, Otijwarongo, Oshakati, Rundu and Katima Mulilo. Post offices accept either cash or bank guaranteed cheques according to the corporation.

"Please note that the payment of television licences are required by law, as stipulated in the Namibian Broadcasting Act 9 of 1991," said the NBC.

"NBC licence inspectors will commence with door to door inspections from 1 December 2001. A person not in possession of a valid television licence faces a penalty of N$2000," the NBC threatened.
A Windhoek resident said since the response has been so good, she believes the license inspectors have become redundant and the NBC can save on this item.

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