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Sourcing The Leak PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 17 June 2007

Peter wrote in and said that after the heavy rains, he noticed water coming in down one of the walls and it appeared to be coming in through the ceiling. He asked what is the best way to find the leak. 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2008 )
Gas Water Heaters PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 April 2007

Thanks to Gonnie from World of Gas for this comprehensive response to Duncan's question about gas water heaters.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 May 2007 )
Electrical Certificate of Compliance - New Regulations PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 05 June 2011



On 1st May 2009 new regulations came into effect with respect to the issuing and validity of an Electrical Certificate of Compliance.

There are a number of clauses under the The Occupational Health and Safety Act No 85 of 1993, which is administered by the Department of Labour,(initially for workplace safety but extended to residential dwellings), which are now in force and which have an impact on the use and transfer of  houses, dwellings and other buildings.

The Old Regulations stated that:-

A Certificate was valid indefinitely or until additions or alterations were made to the electrical installation on a premises.

The Electrical Contracting Board  was the registering and enforcement body/mechanism.

That a Certificate was required to transfer property, which evolved as a clause in contracts to protect both parties.

The New Regulations state that:-

No installation work which requires a new supply may commence without notifying the electricity supplier on a prescribed form (unless this is waived by the supplier) and no new installation may be connected to the supply without a Certificate of Compliance.

The user, lessor or owner of an installation must be in possession of a valid Certificate of Compliance (being not more than two years from the date of issue), which must be produced when selling an installation or transfer (change of ownership) may not take place.

Every user of an installation (except for installations that have not been altered or added to since 23rd October 1992 and have not changed ownership since 1st March 1994) is obliged to have a valid Certificate of Compliance and must produce it on request to an authorised inspector of the supplier of electricity.

The user or lessor is responsible for the safety, safe use and maintenance of the electrical installation (usually the owner). Under the new regulations, a tenant may choose to take on such responsibility by written agreement with the lessor.

Under Section 10(4) of the Act, a buyer in the transfer process, may undertake, in writing, to comply and obtain a Certificate of Compliance. This changes the onus of the Act from the seller to the buyer.

For further information contact:

Snymans Incorporated
Tel: 011 557 4034

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 July 2011 )
Electrical Efficiency Table PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 February 2008

So you’re looking at getting a generator but need to know what size to carry on your activities of normal daily living without the power interruptions we are having with the current load shedding.

To assist you in choosing the right size generator, below is a table, by no means comprehensive, but with most of the household items we use on a daily basis so that you can caculate your daily electricity consumption.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 February 2008 )
Prepaid Electricity Meters PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 August 2007

For landlords, body corporates and managing agents apportioning electricty consumption can be a nightmare. Disputes over electricity consumption can lead to non-payment and when this happens, the person footing the bill is usually the landlord. 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2008 )
Choosing Your Electrical Contractor PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 February 2007
Choose your electrical contractor wisely.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 February 2007 )
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