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Karoo Central Astronomy Advantage Areas Under the Spotlight

December 8, 2020

Department of Science and Innovation

The period of compliance with the Regulations for the Protection of the Karoo Central Astronomy Advantage Areas has been extended.

The Regulations prohibit and restrict the use of certain radio frequency spectrum and certain activities in the Karoo Central Astronomy Advantage Areas declared for radio astronomy purposes.

They were drawn up in terms of the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act.

The Astronomy Advantage Areas were declared on 12 March 2014.

The period for compliance with the Regulations was extended in June 2020 to 15 December 2020.

In the latest notice, published in Government Gazette 43967, the science and innovation department emphasized that, due to Covid-19 restrictions, workshops and information sessions to assist farm owners and farm workers with the AMA permit application processes could not be conducted.

Therefore, compliance with Regulation 3(2) of Schedule A Regulations is further extended by 12 months to “allow licensees and licence exempt operators more time to comply with the provisions of the said regulations”.

The new date for compliance is set at 15 December 2021.