OBTAINING WORK PERMITS – A PRACTICAL GUIDE

By Cecil Lancaster, ECA(SA) Regional Director, Bosveld region

Some electrical contractors are finding it difficult to obtain work permits and this article seeks to provide practical guidance on how to navigate through this process. 

When applying for a work permit, the following link provides faster access to the login portal: http://www.bizportal.gov.za/essential_service.aspx

Unfortunately, we do not have news for those members who are not registered with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) at this time. 

Several members have advised that they had registered successfully and received their permits. There were some problems with the site going off-line regularly, so our advice is to keep on trying. Importantly, use you CIPC registration number, remembering to add the K (for company) or B (for CCs) before the string of digits.

Depending on your client base, it may be possible to select from ‘Services’ below as well, considering that electricians provide services that keep the economy going. Note that there are more pages on the website, but not shown here.

Please also note that for most the closest category for electrical maintenance or similar appears to be item 6 in the document below. The ECA recommends that applicants select the closest, or the category that your client may fall under, bearing in mind that you may have to justify your choice to the Department should they enquire.

Depending on your client base, it may be possible to select from ‘Services’ below as well, considering that electricians provide services that keep the economy going. Note that there are more pages on the website, but not shown here.

Please also note that the precise category for electrical maintenance or similar doesn’t appear in the document. The ECA recommends that applicants select the closest, or the category that your client may fall under, bearing in mind that you may have to justify your choice to the Department should they enquire.

Please note the information on the certificate, which together with the instructions per Annexure C below

… instructs that the individual members (employees) travelling must ensure they carry a copy of that document and a copy of the ‘Permit’ below as well as his/her identity document.

The ECA recommends that you rather make use of the appended ‘Lock Down Working Permit, which is more comprehensive.

Please remember to edit the sections shown below in red and yellow on the Lock Down Working Permit before printing and issuing to staff.

Several members have indicated that they have successfully registered but have had difficulty in downloading the certificate. Members who have received their certificates advised that they had to “exercise patience” and that they had received their documents by email after waiting several hours or overnight.

We note that there is now a new option to ‘Edit Application’ (see below).

If you are not comfortable with the category in which you have registered, you can now change that to something better suited, such as ‘Electricity, water, gas, fuel supply and maintain’ using the ‘Edit Application’ tab (see pink arrow below).

Further updates will be posted when they become available.

The ECA(SA) staff members are working remotely so if you have any queries, please contact your local branch as usual.

For those members who have been unsuccessful in registering on the portal, we suggest they use the permit designed by the ECA to close the gap.

Please ensure that the employee carries the permits, ID as well as instructions from employer or client confirming that it is an emergency at all times.

We trust that this will be of help to you.

A copy of the ECA’s permit can be obtained from your local branch of the ECA or download it from the Members’ section on our website using your username and password.

Please note that the ECA(SA) will not make applications for working permits for or on behalf of members.

National office

Johannesburg   (011) 392 0000                   info@ecasa.co.za

Regional offices

Highveld              (010) 271 0686                   highveld@ecasa.co.za

Pretoria                (012) 342 3242                   infopta@ecasa.co.za

Durban                 (031) 312 6313                   ecakzn@ecasa.co.za

Bloemfontein    (051) 447 0859                   doreen@ecasa.co.za

Port Elizabeth    (041) 363 1990                   adminpe@ecasa.co.za

East London       (043) 726 6359                   adminel@ecasa.co.za

Cape Town          (021) 462 2690                   ecact@iafrica.com

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