It is amazing how much money home builders and home owners spend on tiles, taps, bathrooms, kitchens and appliances and the like but, when it comes to the electrical installation, they are often prepared to settle for the cheapest materials and questionable workmanship.
Short cuts, shoddy workmanship and cheap non-compliant materials, equipment and fittings are a recipe for disaster and will, ultimately, place your investment (and lives) at risk.
When employing an electrical contractor, consider using an ECA member to do your electrical installation. Their work is guaranteed up to R20 000 per contract under the ECA(SA) Guarantee of Workmanship Scheme, and you have recourse in the unlikely event that workmanship is found to be defective.
ECA(SA) members are bound by law to only use compliant materials and the homeowner can be certain that the installation is safe. There are many unregistered electricians who are working ‘under the radar’ so using the services of an ECA member means that the homeowner can be assured that the electrical contractor working on their property is registered with the Department of Labour both as a contractor and registered person, subscribes to good practices, and works strictly according to the Wiring Code.