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Radio Frequency Spectrum Exemptions for KCAAA Drawn Up

April 6, 2021

Department of Science and Innovation

The proposed revised radio frequency spectrum exempted for use within the Karoo Central Astronomy Advantage Area (KCAAA) has been published.

The science and innovation department published the revised spectrum in Government Gazette 44365 in terms of Regulations for the Protection of the Karoo Central Astronomy Advantage Areas.

In December 2020, the period for compliance with the Regulations was extended to 15 December 2021.

The Regulations prohibit the use of the radio frequency spectrum from 100MHz to 25 500 MHz (25.5 GHz) within the KCAAA.

According to the department, the radio frequency spectrum exempted from the prohibition as outlined in the schedule may only be used if a permit has been issued in terms of Regulation 4 of Schedule B of the KCAAA Regulations.

All licensees and licence exempt operators who conduct radio transmissions within the KCAAAs other than those exempted in terms of Regulation 5 of Schedule A of the KCAAA Regulations are required to apply for a permit from the Astronomy Management Authority in order to continue operating within the KCAAAs.

Comment on the proposed revised exempted radio frequency spectrum is invited within 60 days of the date of publication.

Meanwhile, the department has announced that it is collaborating with companies in the energy sector to carry out a feasibility study in relation to the setting up of a Platinum Valley in South Africa.

In a statement, the department added that developing a sustainable hydrogen ecosystem is at the heart of its hydrogen strategy.

“The feasibility study is the first phase of the Platinum Valley initiative, and will drive the planning, design, construction and commissioning of projects related to the development of a Hydrogen Valley.”

According to the department, South Africa’s Hydrogen Valley will identify concrete project opportunities for kick-starting hydrogen activities in promising hubs.

“The aim is to boost economic growth and job creation, drive the development of new industries, increase value-add to the country’s platinum reserves, and reduce the country’s carbon footprint.”