What is an electric fence:
An electric fence is a wire barrier that uses electric shocks to prevent people or animals from crossing a certain boundary. The voltage of the shock may have effects ranging from discomfort, to pain and it could even be lethal. Most electric fences are used today for agricultural fencing and other forms of animal control, although it is frequently used to enhance the security of homes, business premises, factories and other security sensitive areas such as military installations and prisons. Places exist where lethal voltages are used.
Electrical fences supplied by G & L Fencing:
1. Highly sophisticated fencing system for prisons, national key points, estates etc.
2. Game farms in combination with game fences for dangerous animals and/or for enhanced security purposes.
3. Domestic wall top electrical fencing.
4. Free standing electrical fencing for factories, estates, security complexes, mines, etc.
5. Electrical fencing with remote alert alarm systems (not for home use).
Electric fence compliance certificate (EFC):
All electrified fences for industrial, agricultural or domestic application are controlled by regulation. New electric fencing laws have been introduced in the property industry. As of the 1st of December 2013 electric fencing that is non-compliant, will be illegal in South Africa. To be compliant a fence must be installed, upgraded or repaired by an electric fence specialist. To get an Electric fence compliance certificate, installers will be obliged to pass an examination to qualify. From the 1st of October 2013 (following registration) there are now only about 300 businesses nationwide that qualify as specialists.
House ownership transfer and the Electric fence compliance certificate:
If you are transferring ownership of your house the Electric fence compliance certificate will need to be presented together with the electrical and plumbing certificates. This certificate – the Electric fence compliance certificate (EFC) – cannot be issued by an electrician unless the electrician has been registered with the Department of Labour as well as being qualified under the new electric fence laws.
A certificate will not be required when doing minor repairs. If you wish to add to the electric fence or change it, as of December 1st, you ought to have these changes done by a certified electric fence installer.
Failure to obtain the certificate will result in either a fine or a prison sentence. If the property is leased it will be up to the landlord to obtain the certificate. The sectional title owners in estates do not need the certificate; however, in the event of change of ownership, the body corporate should have a certificate.
Fines for non-compliance:
By not using a registered electrician and if the electric fence harms a person, you could end up paying a great deal in fines. Following the initial fine for non-compliance, the owner will be charged an additional R200 per day that the offence continues. All the electrical fittings in a house must be compliant anyway and this law has been put in place for safety measures.
G & L Fencing is certified to do such installations and issue an Electric fence compliance certificate (EFC).
Electrical fencing installation areas:
Our electric fence installation teams service customers in Pretoria, Centurion, Midrand, Johannesburg, Rosslyn, Brits, Witbank, Bronkhorstspruit, Rayton, Cullinan and the rest of Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West, Free State, Kwazulu-Natal, Western Cape, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape to cover all areas in South Africa. Outside our borders we do Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
For all your electric fencing requirements, G & L Fencing can be contacted at 082-8912038.