My recent experience:
Validation skills test on 9th June.
Completed the CA61-183 application form and scanned it and the skills test report, 3 most recent pages of log book including 12 month summary and endorsement page, added my medical form for good measure, and proof of payment total R1020 (2x510.00) for renewal and card. All this in one .pdf. I got softness to take a cellphone pic head and shoulders against a white wall and attached that as a separate .jpg.
Mailed these 2 files to firstname.lastname@example.org
on the 15th June. Almost immediately got an email acknowledgement.
On the 20th June I received a web activation mail from which which I set up access to the profile and found my license active, with all endorsements, types etc all correctly recorded.
On 25th I received and SMS (which I missed) that advised license (card) ready for collection. I phone today (having not picked up the message) to be told its ready and they would ensure it stays there till I collect.
All this without leaving home.
Pretty damn good I say
"I've got wild staring eyes. And I've got a strong urge to fly. But I got nowhere to fly to."