Electric Fence Regulations in South Africa

Do you live in South Africa? Are you thinking about putting an electric fence in on your property? Then there are a number of different things that you will need to know and keep track of when you’re installing your electric fence. In this article, we’re going to give you an idea of what the electric fence regulations are and what you have to follow before you get started with your purchase and installation process.

  • All of the electric fences that are installed in South Africa have to comply with the most recent edition of the South African National Standard. Contact your representative to learn about any changes that may have occurred.
  • The energizer has a number of standards that is has to meet. The lightning arrestors have to be fitted properly, and you need to have at least 2 if you’re using it for security purposes. These help to regulate voltage and keep you and your family safe. You also are required to use spikes that are just meant for the energizer; this helps to prevent it from falling over or breaking during a storm.
  • The brackets and placement of the fence must fall within the requirements that are specified in the SANS. This may differ based on the size of your fence, the use of your fence, and where you are planning on putting the fence. Contact your representative to ensure that you are meeting the standards and so that you can determine what you should avoid.
  • The wiring and cabling has to be connected appropriately. It is recommended that you use rings and hooks in order to ensure that your corners are set securely. There are various types of rings and hooks that you can purchase to secure the corners and the wires; talk to your installation specialist to make sure that you have an idea of what you should be putting on there.
  • When you install an electric fence, you absolutely have to have warning signs posted about the presence of the electric fence. This helps to keep people safe in the area around the fence. The warning signs need to include a variety of pieces of information, including the type of fence that you’ve installed, what the specifications are for the electric fence, and what the electric fence is being used for.
  • There are restrictions that surround the do it yourself electric fence installations in South Africa. If you are curious about what this includes, please contact your representative to learn more about what they are and how you can be sure to stay within the law. In general, do it yourself electric fence installations are illegal.
  • If you are someone that is installing an electric fence system, or you are going to move forward with becoming an installation specialist, you will have to be licensed and registered with the government. You can learn more about this process by talking to your local government or by looking at the licensing procedures available on various websites.

As you can see, there are a lot of laws and regulations that you have to keep track of and keep in mind before you put an electric fence in or around your property. If you have questions about the regulations that you have to meet or about how you should move forward with your electric fence installation, then talk to a professional or go to the government to learn more about the options that you have available. Contact us for more information and to get all of your questions answered within a reasonable amount of time.