Drone company to secure vaccination centre in South Africa

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Following the mayhem in South Africa last week, whose violent riots saw the deaths of 337 people at the last count, and the destruction and looting of millions of dollars’ worth of property, a drone expert in South Africa cautioned against the kneejerk deployment of drones to hotspot areas.

Drone Guards Director, Kim James’s fear was that flying drones into the violence without prior preparation would cause more trouble than it would help. For one thing, the pilots would be flying in blind, with no knowledge of the areas they would be required to operate in; and for another, the lack of communication and coordination with other security personnel on the scene could jeopardise the mission.

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Few women take to the skies in male-dominated drone industry

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Although there have been more women entering SA’s male-dominated drone industry over the past few years, this is still a “drop in the ocean”, with an estimated 10% of drone pilots being female.

According to industry pundits, with commercial drones being increasingly used across various sectors − such as agriculture, filmmaking, healthcare, mining and aviation − to help local organisations improve efficiency, safety and cost saving, the number of women entering this emerging industry in SA is on the increase.

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