Vector Inbox: February 2015

February 11th, 2015, Published in Articles: Vector

In this issue, our readers give advice on voltage surges at Kidds Beach in the Eastern Cape and respond to a letter in our Nov/Dec 2014 issue on the role of the conveyance attorney in the issuance of CoCs.

Re: CoCs and the conveyance attorney

Dear Editor

Malcolm Clark’s letter on certificates of compliance and the role of the conveyance attorney (Vector, Nov/Dec 2014) makes for interesting reading and I certainly support the remedial action proposed by him to remedy the situation.

I do have my doubts, though, on enforcing his proposals by way of amendments to the current Electrical Installation Regulations, as published under the OHS Act, and would think that appropriate wording in the Offer to Purchase could solve the problem.

I must, however, take issue with the writer regarding some statements made by him regarding the ECA(SA) in particular, and electrical contractors in general:

  • The Electrical Contractors Association does not carry out inspections for the issue of Certificates of Compliance.
  • These inspections are carried out by registered persons who may be members of the ECA.
  • The Electrical Installation Regulations require every person who registers with the DoL as an electrical contractor to provide proof that he has a telephone listed in his name.
  • An electrical contractor who does not answer his phone is obviously not interested in doing business.
  • The contact details of all ECA members are available on the ECA website (www.ecasa.co.za) or could be provided to any person, client, customer or conveyancer free of charge.
  • The cost of issuing a CoC is determined by each individual ECA member company and not by the association.
  • The ECA regards the safety of electrical installations as critical and does indeed act against any member who renders non-compliant work or who issues an invalid CoC.
  • To provide the end-user with peace of mind, the ECA covers the quality of workmanship of all member companies up to the value of R15 000 for a twelve-month period in terms of its Guarantee of Work scheme.
  • Should an ECA member not resolve a complaint to the satisfaction of a customer, the matter could be referred to any of the six ECA regional directors in the country to investigate. If the complaint is assessed as valid, the ECA will arrange for the defective work to be rectified up to R15 000 in
    value.

Lucas Bowles

Vector-NovDec2014


Re: Voltage surges: East London

Dear Editor

I would like to comment on the report by the ECA Eastern Cape branch, regarding voltage surges at Kidds Beach, East London (Vector Nov/Dec 2014,
page 14). I would be very concerned if the supply voltage went up to 243 V. As a suggestion and being knowledgeable with such voltage surges, to install a data logger for a period of 48 hours will give you a better picture of the voltages during peak and off-peak times. These can be very serious occurrences where health and safety is concerned. If claims are made against the council or Eskom, you need to have proof of sustained overvoltage by way of a report. In the mean time, the council or Eskom must visit the area to test the voltage. I do strongly recommend that a data logger be installed.

Mike Stokes