Property Law in South Africa

Property Law in South Africa

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  South African property law regulates the "rights of people in or over certain objects or things." It is concerned, in other words, with a person's ability to undertake certain actions with certain kinds of…

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The long awaited new Electrical Installation Regulations become effective on 1 May 2009.

The user/lessor of an electrical installation, as the case may be, shall be responsible for the safety, safe use and maintenance of the electrical installation he/she uses/leases.

The chief inspector may approve any person accredited by the accreditation authority as an approved inspection authority for electrical installations


  • Every user/lessor of an electrical installation, shall have a valid certificate of compliance for that installation;
  • Every user/lessor shall on request produce the certificate of compliance for that electrical installation to an inspector;
  • The abovementioned shall not apply to an electrical installation that existed prior to 23 October 1992, and where there was no change in ownership after 1 March 1994: Provided that, if any addition or alteration is effected to such and electrical installation, the user or lessor of the electrical installation, as the case may be, shall obtain a certificate of compliance for the whole electrical installation, where after the provisions of as stated above shall be applicable to such electrical installation;
  • Where any addition/alteration has been effected to an electrical installation for which a certificate of compliance was previously issued, the user/lessor of such electrical installation shall obtain a certificate of compliance for at least the addition/alteration;
  • The user/lessor may not allow a change of ownership if the certificate of compliance is older than two years;
  • If an inspector carried out an inspection/test and has detected any fault or defect in any electrical installation, that inspector may require the user/lessor of that electrical installation to obtain a new certificate of compliance if such fault or defect in the opinion of the inspector, constitutes an immediate danger to persons, that inspector may take steps to have the supply disconnected.

No person other than a registered person may issue a certificate of compliance.


  • Should a dispute arise over the interpretation, an effected person may appeal against that interpretation to the chief inspector;
  • A person who refers a dispute, shall serve a notice of dispute, setting out fully the nature and grounds of the dispute;
  • The person whose interpretation is disputed, shall within 14 working days of the date on which he/she received the notice of dispute, forward a notice setting out the reasons for his/her interpretation to the chief inspector;
  • The chief inspector shall, after having considered the grounds and the cause of the di spute, confirm, set aside or vary the interpretation of the safety standard in question or substitute it for the interpretation, which in the opinion of the chief inspector, ought to have been given.

Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with any of the provisions of the regulations, shall be guilty of an offence and liable upon conviction to a fine or to imprisonment for a maximum period of 12 months and, in the case of a continuous offence, to an additional fine of R200.00 for each day on which the offence continues.


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