THE NBC became aware of Audit Report from the Auditor General via the media. Our last encounter around the said report, was when the external auditor came to brief and update the Board of Directors in April 2018 before submitting it to the AG’s office.
The report which eventually found its way to the AG’s office opined that the NBC would be receiving a Qualified Audit Opinion. The auditor issued a management report announcing, and I quote “In my opinion, except for the possible effects of the matter described in the Basis for Qualified Opinion paragraph, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects the financial position of Namibia Broadcasting Corporation as at 31 March 2017, and their financial performance and cash flows for the year then ended in accordance International Financial Reporting Standards read with Section 25 (1) of the State Finance Act, 1991 and in the manner required by the Namibian Broadcasting Act, 1991 (Act 9 of 1991) and the Companies Act. “The latter in our view is a great improvement from previous audits that the NBC obtained.
We are in the process of finding out from the Office of the Auditor General what changed the opinion after the report was presented to the Board of Directors. We are equally perplexed as to why the Office of the Auditor General didn’t see it fit to sit and discuss with us the NBC the report before making it public, especially seeing that changes were made. We are as much in the dark about this matter – a letter seeking answers and clarifications has been forwarded to the AG’s office.
In so far as the TV Licence collections are going, lately we have seen a slow, but steady rise in that regard. Naturally the aspect of collecting successfully is intrinsically linked to the type of offering that we bring to the table.
That stated, the NBC can confirm that the database has been cleaned and the aspect of verification is ongoing. In so far as control measures are concerned, we have implemented such to prevent the creation of duplicate accounts.
As regards the completeness of the revenue – the possibility of an underreporting of TV ownership does indeed exist. The nbc therefore calls on the members of the public to ensure that all TV sets in their possession are duly registered and paid up. The same goes for businesses that sell television sets. By law, no institution selling television sets is allowed to sell, give or supply any television set to any person or institution if such a person or institution is not in possession of a valid TV licence.
TV Licence revenue collection efforts are and will remain ongoing. Once the grace period has expired which is the 30th November 2018, the NBC will make increasing use of its TV Licence inspectors to ensure compliance.
The above notwithstanding, the nbc would like to remind the public that the payment of a TV license remains a legal obligation and that the corporation has at its disposal various mechanisms to ensure compliance, which include but are not limited to the issuing of demand notices, the switching off of decoders and blacklisting.
Chief Commercial Officer
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