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May 28, 2015

Good Fences Make Good Citizens

Your electric fence is meant to keep intruders out, but did you know yours could land you in some serious legal hot water?

SA legislation (passed in 2011 in the new Electrical Machinery Regulations), dictates that any electric fence installed after 1 December 2012 must be checked, tested and have a valid Electric Fence System Certificate of Compliance (EFC). The legislation further dictates that all property transfers on properties that have electric fencing require this certificate to be lodged with the conveyance attorney. It’s important to note that this certificate is separate from an electrical compliance certificate and is an additional requirement if your property has an electric fence.

Property owners who don’t comply with the regulations may find their insurance claims rejected, but worse, they may be held liable if someone is injured by their electric fence – even if the injured is a criminal who’d tried to gain unlawful access.

Not all installers are equal

Just as we’re expected to use qualified building contractors and registered plumbers when building, the law states that only certified installers may erect electric fences – this goes for upgrades as well.

‘The law requires that only certified installers may erect fences,’ said Marike van Niekerk, legal manager of MUA Insurance Acceptances, in an interview with Beeld. ‘All installers of electric fences must undergo an examination before they can be accredited. There are very few certified installers… Not only will the owner have legal fees to pay, but he also runs the risk of criminal prosecution.’

Amlec is registered as an Electric Fence System Installer in terms of the Electrical Machinery Regulations, 2011  – call us to avoid legal fees and the risk of criminal prosecution.

Regular maintenance

You can’t simply install an electric fence and then ignore it. It requires regular maintenance, including:

·         keeping the fence clear of long grass, weeds and other foliage;

·         checking the fence and its insulators for breakage, rust and damage.

Talk to us if you’d like to arrange for these checks to be done professionally.

Increased reliability

Want to safeguard your fence against power outages? Then consider an uninterruptible power supply that can supply the fence with 6-8 hours of power in the event of a power outage. Ask us for a quote.


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