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South Africa’s new drone rules, which take effect today, enshrine far heavier potential prison sentences than other countries that have similar rules.

 The South Africa Civil Aviation Authority – which enforces the rules – accepts that the rules were rushed out in order to meet ‘a growing demand to regulate this sector’. In contrast, Japan is planning a one-year prison sentence for people who fly drones in residential areas and Singapore has introduced a five-year penalty for carrying dangerous materials.