Following a briefing by the Minister of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Zuma, on Thursday 16 April 2020, some sections of the media published that electricians can now work normally.
This is incorrect and this Media Statement from Mark Mfikoe, National Director of the Electrical Contractors’ Association (SA) seeks to correct that perception.
In terms of the Disaster Management Act, 2002: Amendment of Regulations issued in terms of Section 27(2) published in the Government Gazette of 16 April 2020, the work that the electricians are allowed to do remains unchanged except in two respects:
- Electricians, in their capacity as qualified tradespersons can purchase hardware, components and supplies solely for the purpose of emergency repairs at residential homes.
- When providing services in their capacity as trades necessary for the rendering of emergency repair work including providing essential services or emergency services to service providers classified as Essential and Necessary services as specified in the Regulations.
When making purchases from suppliers, the qualified tradesperson is required to fill in a form in which he confirms that the work to be performed is that which has been specified in the Regulations. The full identity of the person making such purchases is also captured and the records must be kept by the supplier of hardware, supplies and/or components.
It remains a requirement that all those providing services must acquire the necessary permit to do so.
Mogomotsi Mark Mfikoe
BA Hons(Unisa), LLB (Unisa) Mercantile Law (University of Stellenbosch)HED (Unin) Post Grad Dip (Unisa)