Anton Nel wrote: ↑Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:24 pmMy opinion....
These costs should be doubled again to prevent every amateur drone owner to ever get access to our National Parks, any of them. It is enough to deal with the lawlessness of people using the roads in the parks, please forbid the day the Parks are open for people to fly around with drones.
I will go further to say that the persons who can afford these fees should also pay for the Game Warden that accompanies them everyday to make sure they stick to the rules and not intrude or annoy the Fauna and Avifauna. In my opinion drones in National Parks should be used only for Documentaries by Professional Videographers with at least one proper televised documentary behind their names.These documentaries, if allowed, should also be limited to even further reduce intrusiveness into the last "natural habitat" of our indigenous Fauna and Avifauna. We are guests in their house and the Parks-board and wardens their protectors. Our National Parks are conservation areas, not every mans' playground and film studio. It is the last place left for these animals to exist in a near natural habitat.
That all said I support the views and out look of Cage, LowFlyingDuck and Rotor kop when it comes to our National Parks and drones. One can only support a cause if one can be convinced of its benefits. There were 1 659 793 visitors through the gates in 2014/15 which averages at 4646 per day. If 5% had drones there would be 232 drones potentially irritating the #### out of everybody. I personally fully support the banning of these things from our National Parks.
But that is just me and my opinion.
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I am actually trying to say that NOBODY gets to fly in our National Parks. They can even 10 fold the fees to really limit the people from even applying to fly in national Parks.
Where legality is concerned, Park visitors are also not allowed to drink and drive, but they do. They are not allowed to speed, but they do. They are not allowed to get out of their cars, but they do.
So nothing stops an illegal, or ROC, drone operator to play with his drone in the Park however, when caught, it must be the consequences that will be the deterrent to everybody, no exception.
I say give the operator a life ban, hefty fine and confiscate the equipment to be utilized as Anti Rhino Poaching aids. Sanparks can get some nice free drones to use for that! If it is toys that cannot be used, confiscate and destroy. If a minor is caught, then daddy gets to bear the brunt of it all! He is just as guilty if he allows it. The word will quickly spread when making some examples of a few. Sanparks can print this clearly on their reservations and warn when entering the gate. They can actually then confiscate it right there at the gate when they search the cars and by chance find it, then turn him around at the gate.
I still maintain only people that can prove credentials as proper Wildlife Documentary Producers, with a proper history of commercial film-making can apply. That still doesn't mean they get to do it. They also need to show the benefit it will give to exposure for the Park and they must also pay for the Ranger escorting them daily to make sure they do not overstep boundaries.
My viewpoint stands.
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