The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has drafted regulations for the use of drones in civil airspace.

Currently, the use of drones in South Africa is illegal because they don't comply with SACAA's existing requirements for aircraft operations.

The draft refers to drones as Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) and aims to ensure that technology installed on the aircraft minimizes the chances for mid-air collisions and incidents. The Authority also says the need exists to ensure that the allocated frequency spectrum is secure in order to ensure protection from unintentional or unlawful interference with the RPAS.

SACAA says it has worked closely with international groups, the country's aviation industry and relevant agencies to develop the standards.

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