It is important for practitioners dealing with a change of ownership of immovable property to be aware of the latest developments in terms of the Occupational Health & Safety Act 85 of 1993 regarding Electric Fences.
Regulation 12 of the Electrical Machinery Regulations 2011 imposes an obligation on the user of an electric fence system to have an electric fence system Certificate Of Compliance (C.O.C)
The requirement does not apply to a system in existence prior to 01/10/2012. However as with an “electrical” compliance certificate, this certificate will be required where an additional or alteration is effected to the system or where there is a change of ownership of the premises on which the system exists, if the change of ownership takes place after 01/10/2012.
The electric fence system certificate is separate from an electrical compliance certificate and is therefore an additional requirement.