Electric fencing on top of walls must be at least 1,5 m above ground level. The fencing must be installed and operate in such a way that it won’t be hazardous or allow people or animals to become entangled in the wires. Barbed or razor wire cannot be electrified.
– Toptronic Energy Electrical.
In South Africa, electric fences are a popular security solution for commercial, industrial and domestic installations but many property owners are clueless about the legal requirements for their electric fencing or that such requirements even exist.
While electric fencing may be considered as the most effective method of deterring intruders, it must always be remembered that, unlike alarm systems and CCTV cameras, electric fencing is potentially dangerous.
Although there was legislation for non-lethal electric fences in the 1980s, this was largely unregulated because electric fences were mainly installed on farms. Then, as electric fences became more commonplace in cities and suburbs, it became necessary to update legislation to protect the public. At that time, the ‘loopholes’ in legislation were being exploited by a proliferation of ‘electric fence installers’ as every Tom, Dick and Harry climbed onto the bandwagon and were installing electric fences – and the unwitting public had no way of knowing whether their fences were safe and/or compliant.
On 25 March 2011, the government published amendments to the Electrical Machinery Regulations within the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1983 (Act no 85 of 1983). Some of those amendments related to non-lethal electric fences and were intended to set product and erection standards to protect consumers from potentially dangerous products and inferior installation methods. The new laws also sought to eliminate telephone, television, and wireless interference resulting from poorly installed systems and dodgy earthing.
The amendments tightened up the industry and made it compulsory for electric fence installers to undergo tough training before being able to register with the Department of Labour as an Electric Fence System Installer.
The new laws also had far-reaching implications for property owners.
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