Comprehensive and far-reaching legislation, national standards and training courses are about to radically change the electric fencing industry. The new legislation published on 25 March 2011, Government Notice No.34154, makes provision for the compulsory registration of an Electric Fence System Installer and the issuing of an Electric Fence System Certificate of Compliance. These requirements will be fully implemented from 1 October 2012 onwards.
Current draft installation standards, soon to be published by the South Africa Bureau of Standards, will form the basis of the Electric Fence System Certificate of Compliance. These standards will include all installation aspects with regard to security and agricultural electric fence installations.
In addition to this, the Electric Fencing and Components Manufacturers Association is in the process of completing the necessary unit standards that will make up the course requirements, for individuals who want to quality as an Electric Fence System Installer.
For those who want to know more and follow the various issues can do so via the Electric Fencing and Component Manufacturers Association website: www.efcma.com.
This article was compiled by the Electric Fencing and Components Manufacturers Association in the interest of safer and better electric fencing systems and installations.
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