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Standardisation of Electricity By-law, 1999
- Published in Gauteng Provincial Gazette no. 16 on 17 March 1999
- Commenced on 17 March 1999
- [This is the version of this document from 17 March 1999 and includes any amendments published up to 23 September 2022.]
PreambleIt is hereby notified in terms of Section 101 of the Local Government Ordinance, 1939, that the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council have adopted a uniform set of Electricity By-laws for the entire Metropolitan area served by Metropolitan Electricity. Areas serviced by Eskom are not subject to these By-laws but to that organisation's rules and provision of electricity supply.The old Johannesburg Municipal Electricity By-laws used in the area supplied by the previous Johannesburg Electricity Department and the old Transvaal Provincial Electricity By-laws used throughout the remainder of the Greater Johannesburg area of supply, being the areas serviced by the Electricity Departments of the previous Randburg, Roodepoort, Enerdale and Lenasia South East Councils, are hereby substituted by the following standardised Electricity By-laws:
1. Definitions"Act" means the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 and the Regulations promulgated thereunder;"approved" in relation to any article or practice, means approved as defined in the Act or by the engineer as being suitable and satisfactory in respect of safety, design, performance, and the method of its application, regard being had to the recognised principles of electrical practice, and "approval" shall be interpreted accordingly;"competent person" means an employee who is a competent person as defined in the Act;"charge determined by the council" means the appropriate charge determined by the council or contained in any by-law made by the council, from time to time, in accordance with the provisions of section 80B of the Local Government Ordinance 17 of 1939;"consumer" means any person who has enterred into an agreement with the council for the supply of electricity;"consumer's agreement" means an agreement as referred to in section 3;"contractor" means an electrical contractor as defined in the Act;"council" means a local government body as defined in the Local Government Transition Act 209 of 1993 and includes the executive committee of a council or any official in the service of a council acting by virtue of any power vested in a council in connection with these by-laws and delegated to such official by the council;"demand" means the power in kVA or kW of electricity measured over any period of thirty consecutive minutes;"directly billed consumer" means a consumer, who is a tenant or occupier of a portion of any approved premises, who has entered into a consumer's agreement with the council and is separately metered and billed by the council;"electrical installation" means any electrical installation as described in the Act;"engineer" means the head of the council's electricity undertaking or an official duly authorised by the council;"extended service connection" means the electrical circuit, equipment and control gear within a building between the service connection and the council's meter that registers the electricity consumption of a directly billed consumer;"high voltage enclosure" means a chamber, compartment or other enclosure in which a transformer, switchgear or other electrical equipment is contained for operating at a voltage of or above 1000 and the expression "high voltage,, shall be interpreted accordingly:"low voltage enclosure" and "enclosure for a special supply at low voltage" mean a chamber, compartment or other enclosure in which a transformer, switchgear or other electrical equipment is contained for operating at a voltage below 1000 and the expression "low voltage" shall be interpreted accordingly;"meter reading period" means the period extending from one reading of a meter to the next;"meter cabinet" means an enclosure intended for the accommodation of a meter, circuit breaker or other associated electrical equipment determined by the engineer and designed to operate at low voltage;"month" means, in relation to electricity tariffs, a continuous period of 30,4 days;"notified demand" means the maximum demand assessment to the capacity requirements of a service connection as requested by the owner and agreed upon by the engineer;"occupier" means any person in occupation of premises at a relevant time;"owner" means and includes the registered owner of the land or premises, or his authorised agent, or any person receiving the rent or profits issuing therefrom or who would receive such rents or profits, if such land or premises were let, whether for his own account or as agent for any person entitled thereto or interested therein;"prepayment meters" means meters whereby payment for electricity is first made elsewhere and credit is transferred to such meters by means of a token or coded number or credit card, and such meter then dispense electricity as it is consumed by the consumer at a rate determined by the current tariff of charges;"point of consumption" means a point of consumption as described in the Act;"point of supply" means a point of supply as described in the Act;"premises" means any land and any building, or structure, above or below the surface of any land,"service connection" means the cable or conductor leading from the supply main to the point of supply of the electrical installation and includes any high voltage or other equipment connected to that cable or conductor, any meter and any board, panel or other device to which the meter is fixed and all installation work and apparatus associated with the said equipment, meter or other device installed by the council;"service fuse" or "service circuit breaker" means a fuse or service circuit breaker belonging to the council and forming part of the electrical circuit of the Service connection;"special supply at low voltage" means a supply of electricity exceeding that which is normally supplied in a given area;"supply" means a supply of electricity from the supply main;"supply main" means any cable or wire forming that part of the council's electricity distribution system to which service connections may be connected;
2. Application for and conditions of supplyApplication for supply shall be made to and in a form prescribed by the engineer.
3. Consumer's agreement
4. Tariff of chargesThe charge determined by the council shall be payable for electricity consumption.
5. Directly billed consumers
6. Termination of consumer's agreement
7. Continuation of supply to new consumer
10. Reading of meters
11. Prepayment metering
12. Testing accuracy of meters
13. Failure of meter to register correctly
14. Disconnection of supply
15. Unauthorised connection
16. Fraudulent use
17. Resale of electricityWhere a person resells electricity supplied by the council-
18. Installation diagram and specificationsThe council may require a contractor to submit for approval a writing diagram and specifications covering any proposed construction of and/or alteration, extension or repair to any electrical installation and, where the council requires such a diagram and specifications, the proposed work shall not be commenced until they have submitted an approved by the engineer.
19. Inspection and tests
20. Liability of council and contractor
21. Service connections
22. Sealed apparatusWhere any seal or lock has been placed by the engineer on any meter, service fuse, service circuit breaker or other similar apparatus or cabinet or room in which such apparatus is accommodated, whether or not belonging to the council, no person other than an authorised employee of the council shall for any reason whatsoever remove, break, deface or otherwise interfere with any such seal or lock.
23. TamperingNo person shall in any manner or for any reason whatsoever paint, deface, tamper or interfere with any service connection and only an authorised employee or duly authorised agent of the council may make any adjustment or repair thereto.
24. Liability for damage to service connection
25. Type of supplyThe engineer may in any particular case determine whether the supply shall be high or low voltage and the type of such supply.
26. Meter cabinets
27. High voltage electrical installations
28. Enclosures for supply equipment
29. Surge divertersEvery electrical installation connected to an overhead supply main shall be fitted with one or more approved surge diverters in positions determined by the engineer.
30. Position of cooking appliancesNo heating or cooking appliance shall be installed, placed or used below any meter belonging to the council.
31. Provision of circuit breakers
32. Control apparatus
33. Obstructing employeesNo person shall wilfully-
34. Irregular supplyThe council shall not be liable for the consequences to the consumer or any other person of any stoppage, failure, variation, surge or other deficiency of electricity from whatsoever cause.
35. Complaints of failure of supplyIf an authorised employee of the council is called to a consumer's premises by any consumer to attend to a complaint of any failure of supply and the cause thereof is found to be on the consumer's electrical installation, a charge determined by the council shall be payable by such consumer for each such attendance.
36. Owner's and consumer's liabilityThe owner and the consumer shall be jointly and severally liable for compliance with any financial obligation or other requirement imposed upon them by these by-laws.
38. Offences and penalties
39. Repeal of by-lawsThese by-laws will from the date of their promulgation replace all previously enacted by-laws in force within the area of jurisdiction of the Greater Johannesburg Transitional Metropolitan Council and its various substructures.M. A. V. DLAMINI, Acting Chief Executive Officer Metropolitan Centre, Braamfontein; P.O. Box 1049, Johannesburg, 2000
History of this By-law
17 March 1999 this versionPublished in Gauteng Provincial Gazette no. 16By-law commences.