You do NOT need a licence for recreational use. So long as you don't behave like an idiot (flying close to people / spying on the neighbour's wife at the pool / flying too close to an airport) you will be fine. I have flown my drones for years in the Midrand area, and never had a single issue, even with Grand Central airport being in the vicinity. I keep my drones line of sight at all times, below 400ft, and if I hear a small plane or helicopter anywhere nearby, I land it until they are gone. It's not difficult to enjoy the hobby without endangering or pissing off other people. Wrt SA prices, we are being reamed. I have bought all my drones off ebay from US suppliers, paid Fedex their $80-$90, paid SA customs their VAT, and always landed it much cheaper than local suppliers. Takes a few days longer, a bit more effort, but works out fine for me. If however you are one of those people who needs to see and touch before buying, and have the salesman assure you that you have a no-question warrranty, then pay local prices. Wrt the Mavic Platinum, great drone but now "obsolete" since the release of the Mavic Pro 2. So long as you don't mind flying an older drone, it will do everything you want it to do, and more. A huge bonus on the Platinum is that it is one of the quietest drones available, and even if that doesn't seem an important feature to you now, trust me, you will be very glad to have the reduced noise, once you actually fly it.