19 January 2006

South African scuba divers need new permits

Scuba divers who were granted an exemption allowing them to dive in marine protected areas (MPAs) will need to re-apply for such exemption, said the department of environmental affairs on Monday.

The exemption expired at the end of last year, and in terms of regulations divers now require a valid permit to enter MPAs.

However, the permit procedure has not been finalised, and - according to a department spokesperson - it is "very difficult to give an exact date" when this will happen.

"In the interim, scuba divers can apply to the department for an exemption," it said in a statement.

Source: www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News


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