University of Pretoria: Enterprises UP and training organisation Drone Safety and Legal launch Africa’s first specialised drone courses

The fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and the COVID-19 pandemic have contributed to a myriad of controversial viewpoints and threats when analysing the impact, on both social and economic levels in the South African context. However, an industry facing continued opportunity and exponential growth in these uncertain times is that of drone aviation. The versatility of its applications in multiple sectors provides an ideal aid for economic growth, specifically in the small business sector.

Enterprises University of Pretoria (Pty) Ltd (Enterprises UP) has officially launched an exclusive partnership with Drone Safety and Legal (DSL) to provide specialised short courses in drone applications, a first in Africa.

The first limited intake will commence in May 2021, aimed at the sustainable mining, precision agriculture and civil engineering sectors and inclusive of a South African Civil Aviation Authority Remote Pilot Licence (RPL) by DSL. Upon successful completion, delegates will gain a specialised skill, which can be advantageous in the employment marketplace.

The courses will combine the practical in-field experience that DSL offers and the theoretical expertise of the University of Pretoria (UP), to provide a holistic training experience. In combining your RPL licence with a specialised application course in the use of drones in civil engineering, agriculture or mining, you can redefine your future locally or even internationally.

Along with this academic programme is the construction of a world-class Unmanned Training and Research Centre run by DSL and used by UP as a unique practical training space and drone research facility, located in Gauteng.

This game-changing series of courses will redefine the role of technology, in the future of both study and work.