The South African government has said it will begin enforcing a rule that limits amateur radio license renewals to five years, after which the licensee must re-apply. Newsline reports that the South African Radio League (SARL) says that all amateurs in the country will need to reapply between 2013 and 2018.
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In a separate development, SARL has launched an antenna defense fund to help South African hams cover the costs of mandatory approvals for antenna towers. It estimates that fees and other associated costs will total roughly US$600 per application. SARL's goal is to raise and maintain a fund of approximately US$60,000 (50,000 Rand) to help the nation's amateurs. Anyone interested in contributing may e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org> for more information.