Swaziland Television Authority Act, 1983
Act 1 of 1983
- Commenced on 1 April 1983 by Date of Commencement (Swaziland Television Authority Act) Notice, 1983
- [This is the version of this document at 1 December 1998.]
1. Short title and commencementThis 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.
2. InterpretationIn this Act unless the context otherwise requires—“Agreement” means the Agreement entered into between the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland and Electronic Rentals Group P.L.C. on the 31st March, 1982;“Authority” means the Swaziland Television Authority established under section 3;“Broadcasting Service” means a telecommunication service of transmissions consisting of sounds, images and signals which take place by means of radio and is intended for reception by the general public;“the Board” means the Board of Directors established under section 5 of this Act;“the Board of Control” means the Swaziland Television Authority Board of Control established under section 9;“Chairman” means the Chairman of the Board and includes the Deputy Chairman and Acting Chairman.“the Government” means the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland;“Minister” means the Minister responsible for television broadcasting;“Television Service” means the national television broadcasting service in Swaziland formerly operated by S.T.B.C.;“Management Agreement” means an Agreement of management in terms of this Act entered into between the Government of the Authority and any other person.
3. Establishment of the AuthorityThere is hereby established the Swaziland Television Authority which shall be a body corporate, having perpetual succession, capable of suing and of being sued in its corporate name, capable of purchasing, acquiring and alienating any movable or immovable property or of performing all such acts as a body corporate may lawfully perform.
4. Objects and powers of the Authority
5. Composition of the Board of Directors
6. Deputy Chairman and Secretary of the Board
7. When office of director vacatedThe office of a director shall become vacated if he—
8. General Manager
9. Board of Control
10. Duties of the Board of ControlThe Board of Control shall, without prejudice to any other law, monitor the content of programmes and other transmissions to ensure that they conform with acceptable moral standards.
11. Appointment of officers, employees, agents and correspondents
12. Transfer of assets and liabilities and pending court proceedings
13. Application of the funds of the AuthorityThe funds of the Authority shall be applied towards—
14. Audit, accounts and annual reports
15. Liability of Board members and staffNothing done by the Chairman or any other member of the Board or any person acting under their directions, shall, if done bona fide for the purpose of executing any provision of this Act, render the Chairman, such member or person personally liable to any action, liability, claim or demand whatsoever.
16. Procedure of the Board
17. Licence to conduct television serviceThe Authority may, subject to the approval of the Minister, grant a licence to any person to conduct a television service in Swaziland upon such terms and conditions as the Board may determine, including the annual licence fee therefor.
18. Licence to deal in television receiversThe 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.
19. Television viewers’ certificate or licenceThe Authority shall cause to be issued a television viewers’ certificate or a video cassette recorder’s licence to any person who possesses a television receiver or recorder capable of receiving or recording television broadcasts.
20. Conditional transferability of certificates or licencesThe television viewer’s certificate or licence shall only be validly transferred when duly endorsed to that effect by the Board or its duly appointed officer.
21. Exemption from tax or dutyNotwithstanding any other law, the Authority shall be exempt from the payment of any tax or duty chargeable upon income, profits, turnover, capital or transfer duty, loan or property in respect of any transaction entered into by it, and every other deed or instrument evidencing the discharge of any such transactions, shall likewise be exempt from the payment of stamp duty.
23. Offences and penaltiesA person who contravenes any of the provisions of section 22 shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding five hundred Emalangeni or imprisonment for six months or both.
24. Post Office Act not applicableSection 68 of the Post Office Act, 1962 or any other law replacing that Act, shall not apply to the Television Broadcasting Service or in conducting of a television service or in dealing or trading in television receivers or the possession of television receivers or any licence under this Act.
26. RegulationsThe Minister may, in consultation with the Board, make Regulations for the better carrying out of the provisions of this Act, and may without derogating from the generality of the foregoing—
27. RepealThe Television Authority Order, 1977 is hereby repealed.
28. Savings of licencesA licence issued under the Television Authority Order, 1977 shall continue to be valid until it expires or is revoked.
History of this document
01 December 1998 this version