Do I Need a Licence to Metal Detect?
No, not in South Africa. However, this does not mean you may detect just anywhere. You may typically detect on all beaches without permission. You will need to seek permission from your local municipality when detecting on private property.
Detecting on historical sites and heritage sites is off-limits.
Remember the golden rule when detecting, leave the site in a better condition than you found it. That means taking the time to fill all your holes leaving no sign that you were there. Remove any and all junk you detect.