The laws relating to the supply and erection of electric fencing in South Africa are stipulated in the following documents:
- The Department of Labour’s Occupational Health and Safety Act 1993
- The South African National Standard – SANS 60335-3-76:2006
- The South African National Standard – 10222-3:2016 Edition 5
The above OHS Act stipulates that any electric security fence erected after December 2012 requires a Certificate of Compliance issued by a registered electric fence installer. A registered installer is one who is in possession of a Certificate of Competence and who is registered with the Department of Labour.
You need a COC if:
- You installed your electrified fence after 1 December 2012
- You upgraded or altered your system after 1 December2012
- You purchased a property with electric fencing after 1 December 2012.
How do you make an electrified fence compliant?
- It must be installed by a registered, specialist installer, like Spark Electrified Fencing
- The electrical output must be non-lethal
- Visible warning signs must be evident from outside the property
- The fence may not overhang into
neighbour’s yard or a pavement
- The homeowner must have a Certificate of Compliance.
What might happen if your fence is not compliant?
- You cannot sell your property without a Certificate of Compliance
- If your electric fencing is non-compliant, you may be forced to remove it
- If someone is shocked by a fence on your property, you could be
Electric fence maintenance
- According to regulation SANS 10222-3:2012, a monthly overview is required, plus a detailed three-monthly inspection which should comprise the following actions:
- Walk/drive along the length of the electric fence and note and correct all obviously visible faults.
- Clear the fence of all vegetation and debris that could cause arcing of high-voltage pulses and that could lower the effectiveness of the fence.
- Tighten wires that are visibly slackened, and replace or repair all faulty fence components (insulators, joints, and clamps).
- lnspect and repair the energizer and electric fence earthing system.
- lnspect and repair any gates.
Most important safety features:
- All mains operated energizers should comply with a number of international and national standards. These include:
- Using insulated cable when connecting a ground system to the energizer not connecting the fence ground system to any plumbing system or any other grounding device
- Keeping the earth system a relative distance away from other electrical earth systems or telephone earths
- Connecting each energizer to its own ground system
- Not connecting two or more energizers to the same electric fence
- Never connecting any energizer to barbed wire of any description
- Not attaching live wires to a post carrying overhead power lines unless authorized to do so
- Avoid erecting a fence parallel to, or running under, power lines. Where this is unavoidable, cross underneath the power lines at right angles, and restrict the wires to a maximum of 2m above ground
- Try to avoid running a fence line parallel to telephone lines or near any radio tower.
LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ELECTRIFIED FENCING (SANS 10222-3&60335-2-76 – South African
Wall Height: Minimum wall height of private property to be secured – 1.5 meters.
Brackets: Upright brackets may be used without any height restriction
Angled brackets: Brackets can be angled at no more than 45 degrees out and are to be installed on the inside of the bo
Neighbours: It is not permissible to angle brackets into a neighbour’s property without their knowledge or consent.
Hazard: Electrified fences are to be installed and operated so that they cause no electrical hazard or entanglement to persons or
Barbed wire or razor wire: These shall not be electrified by an energizer.
Warning Signs: Electric fencing installed along a public road or pathway shall be securely identified with YELLOW WARNING
SIGNS (100 x 200cm) at intervals not exceeding 10 metres. All gates and access points to have warning signs.
Electrified Gates: To be capable of being opened/closed without the person receiving a shock.
SPARK SABS COMPLIANT
SPARK uses SABS compliant energizers and stainless steel 316 marine grade wire for our electrified fence installations, which all conform to strict legislation as specified in the Government Gazette. SPARK electrified fence installations conform to all other controlling legislations such as the minimum installation height permissible and warning sign requirements pertaining to the erection of non-lethal electrified fencing.
SPARK GROUNDWORKS & EARTHING FOR EXTRA SAFETY
1.2m SABS approved A grade earth spikes will be driven into the ground at intervals of approximately 30 meters, depending on soil type. All cabling between the fence and the energizer will be sleeved in 20mm PVC conduit piping