South Africa Places Immediate Ban on Camera Drones

The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has outlawed the use of camera-equipped unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the country.

According to a Screen Africa report, the SACAA made its decision, effective immediately, based on the lack of knowledge and rules surrounding the use of UAVs.

Filmmakers – of movies and of tourism promotion, for example – can no longer get a permit to use the aircraft for shooting purposes.

The report says organizations have asked the SACAA to change the ban and instead set rules, such as those currently used for model aircraft (e.g., setting a height limit and not using near airports).

The entire Screen Africa report can be found here.


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