“Basis of contract” clause – the danger is in the detail

  The United Kingdom (UK) Court of Appeal recently upheld a decision which confirmed that the “basis of contract” clause in a proposal form for insurance cover constitutes a warranty, even where the insurance policy makes no reference to the form. The Technology and Construction Court’s decision in Genesis Housing Association versus Liberty Syndicate Management […]

Consulting engineering – no sword makers, only tin smiths

  I have developed a number of relationships with professionals and semi-professionals. There is my doctor, dentist. I have a plumber, an electrician, a garden service provider and so on. I chose none of them on the basis of the lowest price. If I were to quibble with them about price, the doctor would cut […]

At the Highveld regional AGMs

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Trade Test A training over two days

  The Highveld region presents a two-day practical evaluation for registered apprentices following their successful completion of M0 – M3. The practical tasks completed by the candidates include wire ways; distribution board set-up and wiring (single and 3-phase); light circuits including intermediate switching; socket outlet circuits including 3-phase sockets; dedicated socket outlet circuits; kW/h metering […]

Contract price adjustment provisions

  Work groups 160 and 162 fell by 4 and 5% month-on-month respectively, lowering the annual rate of change to 6,7 and 4,9% as at April 2014. The downward adjustment is due to another price cut of EC grade rod (down 2,3% m/m), a 1,1% drop in the price of zinc and an 8% decrease […]

Facts on the ECA(SA)

  The ECA(SA) is an employers’ organisation registered in terms of the Labour Relations Act. It has represented electrical contractors in South Africa for 60 years. It has over 3000 members who employ between 70 and 80% of the total labour force in the industry. Some 80% of all electrical installations in South Africa are […]

Excavations: the contractor’s responsibilities

  According to Regulation 13 (Excavation) of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, contractors performing excavation work shall ensure that all excavation work is done under the supervision of a competent person appointed in writing for that purpose. The contractor must also evaluate the stability of the ground as far as reasonably practicable before […]