George Municipality is aware of some voice notes that are in circulation on social media platforms about the planned flying of drones to coincide with the planned EFF shutdown on Monday, 20 March 2023.
The George Municipality’s Disaster Management would like to remind the public that the flying of drones in the George Municipal area is strictly prohibited and permission from George Municipality is required. Those who fly drones illegally will be dealt with decisively by law enforcement agencies.
The George Airport has a 10km radius of “NO FLY ZONE” under Civil Aviation Law and recreational drone flying is not permitted.
Please note that even though Professional Drone operators have a “Pilots” license, they must have permission from Civil Aviation Authority to fly within the 10 Km range, as well as permission from the local authority and landowner, even outside the no-fly zone.
We call on the public not to use drones, especially during the possible planned shutdown on Monday, 20 March 2023 as this will pose a risk to the Airport and will be a deterrent to the work of the SAPS and the emergency services trying to conduct their duties during this time.