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All home owners are required to have valid certificates of compliance (CoCs) for the electrical installations on their properties.

A valid electrical CoC is the accepted proof of safety and compliance. The CoC and test report documents were formulated by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), with stakeholder input, and are accepted by the Department of Labour as being the standard for assessing electrical installations.

In terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (No 85 of 1993) (OHASA), no property may change hands without a valid CoC that covers all electrical installations – from the main switch in the distribution board to the points of consumption, such as socket outlets and terminals of light fittings.

This applies to all installations that form part of alterations or additions to the property, from garages to swimming pools and security gates, but excludes appliances such as lights, geysers, stoves, gate motors, garage door motors and air conditioning units etc.

When a property is sold, either the buyer or the seller can obtain the CoC. However, it is usual for the seller to pay a contractor to inspect the installation, carry out any work required for compliance and issue a CoC when everything is in order, as per SANS 10142/1.