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In 1977 I qualified as an electrician. I have an Installation Electrician Accreditation number and an Electrical Contracting Board registration number. I am also a member of the Electrical Contractors Association.

I have been in business for the last 29 years and for the last 5, we have mainly been doing Certificates of Compliance.

I have a dedicated team and have experience in:

  • Hospitals
  • 20 Storey office blocks
  • American Swiss Stores
  • Petrol Ports
  • Offices
  • Houses
  • Townhouses

 

 

 

As you may be aware, COC's have become a very serious matter and have to be done correctly according to regulations. An invalid COC can hold up your whole transfer process for months being extremely costly.

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I did my electrical apprenticeship with a small company in Jeppe called Grazer & Gilliont. Their main clients were Dan Perkins, Benny Goldberg and famous architect Michael Sutton.

Both were good electricians and good teachers. From day one I was taught, if you can connect just one plug correctly, you can connect ten plugs correctly and then you can connect plugs correctly for the rest of your life.

I had a 5 years apprenticeship but after only 3 years, I passed my trade test and qualified.

In 1980 I started my own electrical business and I was the youngest registered electrical contractor in Roodepoort at the time.

Those days were very different, every site had to have a licensed electrician and when the job was completed a municipal inspector would come and inspect your work. If he found more than three faults, a fine was levied, the faults had to be corrected and the work then re-inspected.

In time many of the contractors complained that it was to expensive to have a qualified man on every site. The electrical industry agreed that as long as the boss is qualified, he does not need a qualified man on every site.

Unfortunately with this new rule the standard of electrical work dropped and the inspectors were taking more responsibility for bad jobs. This poor quality of work led to the Certificate of Compliance law being implemented, placing the responsibility on the electrical contractor and the owner of the property. Ultimately the owner of the property is responsible for the electrical installation and to have a valid Certificate of Compliance.

The C.O.C. law was implemented in about 1992 and at first some contractors were just signing certificates, thinking it was an easy way to make money, not realizing the legal implications. Once people like the Gauteng Inspectors came about, many contractors were no longer interested in the C.O.C.'s, believing it wasn't worth the complications involved.

I enjoyed the challenge and still continue doing C.O.C.'s.

It has become a specialised field as electrics have advanced a lot over the years. As new products come on to the market  and security changes  e.g. Electric fences etc, the regulations must change to accommodate the technology. There is a lot to keep up with in order to write a valid certificate in order to protect you, the owner.

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