Obtaining a firearm license in South Africa

I am going through the processes , of obtaining a firearm , and hope this info helps someone who is traveling down the same path.

  1. Go to a firearm training academy (Most Gun Shops)  , to do a course where you will be required to study , then write a test and shoot a firearm. On successful completion you will be issued an official certificate.  Cost +/- R1500
  2. Competency Submission > Once you got the certificate , fill this form : https://www.saps.gov.za/services/flash/firearms/forms/english/e517.pdf
    Attach : 2 id copies , proof of residence , proof of employment , 2 color passport size photos and the above certificate and take it to a police station that has a firearms office.  ( in the form you require 3 reference , only 1 can be a family member). The Cost is R70 . Takes +/-  3 months , there is a number you can call to check up on your ref# number , do this weekly to insure your application not lost. ( 012 353 6111 )
    More info : https://www.saps.gov.za/services/flash/firearms/faq_applying.php
  3. Once you receive your competency , you can go to a gun shop and purchase a gun. They will keep your gun in their safe , and you will need to apply for a firearm license (R140). They will give you a form to fill in , and you will need to provide a motivation letter etc , which you will submit to a police station again , and the waiting game starts again. Once approved, you may pick up your gun. I will provide more info on this final step , once my competency is approved ….

There are guys out there that can help you with sorting out your paperwork, but don’t be in a hurry and be mislead in to thinking you can get it overnight.

Stay Safe and be responsible..

 

R10 000 PC Build July 2017 – Red Build

If you got R10 000 to spend on a gaming pc and looking for something that does not look cheap , here is my parts list.

Gaming Case : NZXT S340 Red Case
https://www.evetech.co.za/cart.aspx

500W Antec Power Supply
https://www.evetech.co.za/antec-500w-psu/best-deal/2200.aspx

Ryzen 1400 / Red Motherboard / 8GB Ram
https://www.evetech.co.za/ryzen-5-1400-a320-8gb-upgrade-kit/best-deal/2815.aspx

1tb Hard Drive
https://www.evetech.co.za/seagate-barracuda-1tb-hdd/best-deal/2292.aspx

Graphics Card 1050ti 4GB
https://www.evetech.co.za/PC-Hardware/msi-gtx-1050-ti-4gb-oc-1163.aspx

Alternative card if no stock
http://www.wootware.co.za/gigabyte-geforce-gtx-1050-ti-gv-n105tg1-gaming-4gd-g1-gaming-4gb-gddr5-128-bit-pci-e-3-0-desktop-graphics-card.html

 

 

VPS tips for South African sites

We are spoil for choice when it comes to choosing our hosting stack.
The advantage of a VPS is complete control of your software with the disadvantage that its all your responsibility. Being used to the comforts of shared hosting for so long, I was not keen on getting my own server, the taught of managing was daunting if something had to go pear shaped.

I came across http://serverpilot.io , which takes the burden of managing your server. They have a free plan which does everything I need. I have been running my VPS for about a year now with no hiccups.

My VPS is from http://domains.co.za   . I found they pricing and service great and server pilot works with their visualization software and most importantly its hosted in South Africa.

Here a link on how to setup free ssl for your sites
https://bjoernfranzen.com/how-to-set-up-a-letsencrypt-ssl-certificate-for-your-wordpress-website-on-a-digital-ocean-server-managed-with-a-serverpilot-free-account/

If you are using PHP , laravel framework , serverpilot does the same thing as laravel forge .

and the last tip , you could use Amazaon s3 free tier to setup backups of your server. Googling it will bring you to some tutorials.