South Africa Drone Market Overview, 2028

The South Africa Drone market is anticipated to grow at more than 26% CAGR from 2023 to 2028.

South Africa is known for its rich biodiversity, and drones have been employed in various conservation efforts. They are used to monitor wildlife, combat poaching, and protect endangered species, such as rhinos and elephants. South Africa has experimented with medical drone deliveries in remote areas. In 2019, a drone delivery service was launched to transport blood and medical supplies to rural clinics, helping to overcome infrastructure challenges. South Africa has a thriving drone racing scene. It hosts international drone racing events, attracting top pilots from around the world. These races often take place in stunning natural landscapes, providing breath-taking aerial views. The country's diverse landscapes, including the famous Table Mountain and Kruger National Park, have made South Africa a popular destination for aerial photography and cinematography using drones. This has contributed to the growth of the drone industry. South African media outlets have embraced drone journalism, using drones to capture footage for news reporting, documentaries, and investigative journalism. Drones provide unique angles and perspectives for storytelling. South Africa has specific regulations for recreational drone users, including a maximum altitude limit of 120 meters and restrictions on flying near airports and other sensitive areas. These regulations aim to ensure the safe operation of drones by hobbyists. South Africa has established drone innovation hubs and research centers that foster innovation in drone technology and applications. These hubs facilitate collaboration between academia, industry, and government. South Africa hosts drone film festivals where filmmakers showcase their work produced entirely with drone footage. These festivals celebrate the creativity and artistry of drone cinematography. According to the research report "South Africa Drone Market Overview, 2028," published by Bonafide Research, the South Africa Drone market is anticipated to grow at more than 26% CAGR from 2023 to 2028. One of the most prominent trends in the South African drone market is the expansion of commercial applications. Drones are increasingly used in sectors such as agriculture, mining, construction, and infrastructure inspection. They provide cost-effective and efficient solutions for tasks like crop monitoring, site surveying, and structural inspection. South Africa has been working on regulations to enable BVLOS drone operations. This trend is expected to open up new opportunities for long-range applications, such as pipeline inspection and large-scale agriculture. Businesses in South Africa are increasingly looking for customized drone solutions tailored to their specific needs. This includes the development of specialized drones and software applications to address unique challenges in various industries. Drones are used in smart agriculture solutions that incorporate data analytics, AI, and IoT (Internet of Things) devices. These integrated systems provide real-time insights to farmers and help optimize crop management. Drones equipped with weather sensors are employed for localized weather monitoring and forecasting. This is particularly valuable for agriculture, where precise weather data can inform planting and harvesting decisions. Archaeologists use drones to survey archaeological sites, create 3D models of ancient structures, and document cultural heritage sites. Drones assist in preserving historical landmarks. Remote and rural healthcare facilities use drones to transport medical supplies, samples, and telemedicine equipment. This improves healthcare access in underserved areas.

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Military drones play a crucial role in enhancing national security. South Africa faces various security challenges, including border control, wildlife protection, and maritime surveillance. Military drones provide real-time situational awareness, intelligence gathering, and surveillance capabilities to address these challenges. South Africa is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including endangered species. Military drones are used for anti-poaching efforts, helping protect wildlife from illegal hunting and poaching activities. South Africa has a lengthy coastline with busy maritime routes. Military drones are employed for maritime surveillance to monitor shipping traffic, detect illegal fishing, and enhance maritime security. Military drones are used in counterterrorism operations to track and monitor the movement of armed groups and to gather intelligence on potential threats. In addition, Drones in the 25 kg to 150 kg payload range offer a versatile capacity that can accommodate various types of payloads, making them suitable for a wide range of applications across different industries. The intermediate payload capacity of these drones allows for rapid deployment in emergency situations, making them valuable for disaster response, surveillance, and coordination of emergency efforts. Compared to manned aircraft, these drones offer a cost-effective solution for aerial data collection and surveillance, contributing to their adoption in various industries. Drones contribute to GIS applications in land mapping, land use planning, and natural resource management, supporting sustainable development initiatives and decision-making. In terms of type the market is divided into fixed wing, rotary wing and hybrid. Rotary-wing drones, including quadcopters and hexacopters, are highly versatile and capable of hovering, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and agile maneuvering. This versatility makes them suitable for a wide range of applications. Rotary-wing drones are commonly used for aerial photography and videography in industries such as real estate, tourism, and media. They can capture high-quality images and videos for promotional and marketing purposes. Rotary-wing drones are valuable for land surveying, mapping, and 3D modelling. They provide precise and detailed geospatial data for urban planning, construction, and infrastructure development. Rotary-wing drones are employed in precision agriculture to monitor crops, assess soil conditions, and apply pesticides or fertilizers. Their agility allows them to cover small to medium-sized fields efficiently. Rotary-wing drones can be customized to carry specialized equipment, sensors, and payloads based on the specific needs of industries such as agriculture, environmental monitoring, and geological exploration. Rotary-wing drones are known for their quick deployment, making them suitable for rapid response applications, including emergency services and disaster management. Considered in this report: • Geography: South Africa • Historic year: 2017 • Base year: 2022 • Estimated year: 2023 • Forecast year: 2028

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Aspects covered in this report: • South Africa Drone market with its value and forecast along with its segments • Various drivers and challenges • On-going trends and developments • Top profiled companies • Strategic recommendation By Product Type • Commercial Drone • Military Drone • Consumer Drone By Type • Fixed Wing • Rotary Wing • Hybrid

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By Payload • Drones Up to 25 Kg • Drones from 25 Kg - 150 Kg • Drones More than 150 Kg The approach of the report: This report consists of a combined approach of primary as well as secondary research. Initially, secondary research was used to get an understanding of the market and list out the companies that are present in the market. The secondary research consists of third-party sources such as press releases, and annual reports of companies, analyzing the government-generated reports and databases. After gathering the data from secondary sources primary research was conducted by making telephonic interviews with the leading players about how the market is functioning and then conducting trade calls with dealers and distributors of the market. Post this we have started doing primary calls to consumers by equally segmenting consumers into regional aspects, tier aspects, age groups, and gender. Once we have primary data with us we started verifying the details obtained from secondary sources. Intended audience: This report can be useful to industry consultants, manufacturers, suppliers, associations & organizations related to the Drone industry, government bodies, and other stakeholders to align their market-centric strategies. In addition to marketing & presentations, it will also increase competitive knowledge about the industry.

Table of Contents

  • Table of Contents
  • 1. Executive Summary
  • 2. Market Structure
  • 2.1. Market Considerate
  • 2.2. Assumptions
  • 2.3. Limitations
  • 2.4. Abbreviations
  • 2.5. Sources
  • 2.6. Definitions
  • 2.7. Geography
  • 3. Research Methodology
  • 3.1. Secondary Research
  • 3.2. Primary Data Collection
  • 3.3. Market Formation & Validation
  • 3.4. Report Writing, Quality Check & Delivery
  • 4. South Africa Macro Economic Indicators
  • 5. Market Dynamics
  • 5.1. Key Findings
  • 5.2. Key Developments - 2021
  • 5.3. Market Drivers & Opportunities
  • 5.4. Market Restraints & Challenges
  • 5.5. Market Trends
  • 5.6. Covid-19 Effect
  • 5.7. Supply chain Analysis
  • 5.8. Policy & Regulatory Framework
  • 5.9. Industry Experts Views
  • 6. South Africa Drone Market Overview
  • 6.1. Market Size By Value
  • 6.2. Market Size and Forecast By Product Type
  • 6.3. Market Size and Forecast By Type
  • 6.4. Market Size and Forecast By Payload
  • 7. South Africa Drone Market Segmentations
  • 7.1. South Africa Drone Market, By Product Type
  • 7.1.1. South Africa Drone Market Size, By Commercial Drone, 2017-2028
  • 7.1.2. South Africa Drone Market Size, By Military Drone, 2017-2028
  • 7.1.3. South Africa Drone Market Size, By Consumer Drone, 2017-2028
  • 7.2. South Africa Drone Market, By Type
  • 7.2.1. South Africa Drone Market Size, By Fixed Wing, 2017-2028
  • 7.2.2. South Africa Drone Market Size, By Rotary Wing, 2017-2028
  • 7.2.3. South Africa Drone Market Size, By Hybrid, 2017-2028
  • 7.3. South Africa Drone Market, By Payload
  • 7.3.1. South Africa Drone Market Size, By Drones Upto 25 Kg, 2017-2028
  • 7.3.2. South Africa Drone Market Size, By Drones from 25 Kg - 150 Kg, 2017-2028
  • 7.3.3. South Africa Drone Market Size, By Drones More than 150 Kg, 2017-2028
  • 8. South Africa Drone Market Opportunity Assessment
  • 8.1. By Product Type, 2023 to 2028
  • 8.2. By Type, 2023 to 2028
  • 8.3. By Payload, 2023 to 2028
  • 9. Competitive Landscape
  • 9.1. Porter's Five Forces
  • 9.2. Company Profile
  • 9.2.1. Company 1
  • 9.2.2. Company 2
  • 9.2.3. Company 3
  • 9.2.4. Company 4
  • 9.2.5. Company 5
  • 9.2.6. Company 6
  • 9.2.7. Company 7
  • 9.2.8. Company 8
  • 10. Strategic Recommendations
  • 11. Disclaimer

List of Table
Table 1 : Influencing Factors for South Africa Drone Market, 2022
Table 2: South Africa Drone Market Size and Forecast By Product Type (2017, 2022 & 2028F)
Table 3: South Africa Drone Market Size and Forecast By Type (2017, 2022 & 2028F)
Table 4: South Africa Drone Market Size and Forecast By Payload (2017, 2022 & 2028F)
Table 5: South Africa Drone Market Size of Commercial Drone (2017 to 2028) in USD Billion
Table 6: South Africa Drone Market Size of Military Drone (2017 to 2028) in USD Billion
Table 7: South Africa Drone Market Size of Consumer Drone (2017 to 2028) in USD Billion
Table 8: South Africa Drone Market Size of Fixed Wing (2017 to 2028) in USD Billion
Table 9: South Africa Drone Market Size of Rotary Wing (2017 to 2028) in USD Billion
Table 10: South Africa Drone Market Size of Hybrid (2017 to 2028) in USD Billion
Table 11: South Africa Drone Market Size of Drones Upto 25 Kg (2017 to 2028) in USD Billion
Table 12: South Africa Drone Market Size of Drones from 25 Kg - 150 Kg (2017 to 2028) in USD Billion
Table 13: South Africa Drone Market Size of Drones More than 150 Kg (2017 to 2028) in USD Billion

List of Figures
Figure 1: South Africa Drone Market Size By Value (2017, 2022 & 2028F) (in USD Billion)
Figure 2: Market Attractiveness Index, By Product Type
Figure 3: Market Attractiveness Index, By Type
Figure 4: Market Attractiveness Index, By Payload
Figure 5: Porter's Five Forces of South Africa Drone Market

South Africa Drone Market Overview, 2028

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