VAAL TRIANGLE - The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies and the SABC want South Africans to pay TV licences for laptops, tablets, DStv decoders, and Netflix subscriptions but have dropped smartphones from the list. Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said amendments are necessary to address the SABC’s financial challenges. It was initially envisaged that basically all computing devices, including smartphones, will have to carry a TV licence fee. While smartphone users are off the hook for TV licences, the government and SABC still want people with laptops, tablets, and DStv decoders to pay. They also highlighted the requirement to strengthen enforcement mechanisms and penalties of non-payment of TV licences.