COVID-19 RegulationsSome municipal functions such as public transport, restaurant hours and liquor sales are impacted by recent national COVID-19 regulations.
Read the COVID-19 regulations.
This is the latest version of this By-law.
Electricity Supply By-law, 2005
- Published in Western Cape Provincial Gazette no. 6303 on 3 October 2005
- Commenced on 3 October 2005
- [Up to date as at 23 October 2020]
General conditions of supply
2. Supply of Electricity by MunicipalityOnly the municipality may supply or contract for the supply of electricity within the municipal area.
3. Supply by agreement
4. Compliance with noticesAny person on whom a notice duly issued or given under this by-law is served shall, within the time specified in such notice, comply with its terms.
5. Application for supply
6. Processing of requests for supplyApplications for the supply of electricity will be processed and the supply made available within the periods stipulated in NRS 047.
8. Municipality’s right of access to premisesThe occupier of premises must give the engineer or any duly authorised official of the municipality access at all reasonable hours to the premises in order to read, inspect, install or repair any meter or service connection for the supply of electricity, or to disconnect, stop or restrict the supply of electricity.
9. Obstruction of employeesNo person may wilfully— (a) hinder, obstruct or interfere with an employee of the municipality in the performance of any duty relating to this bylaw; (b) refuse to furnish such information as the municipality may reasonably require; or (c) give to the municipality any information which to his or her knowledge is false or misleading.
10. Improper use
11. Tariffs, fees, availability charges and deposits
12. Interest on overdue accounts
13. Resale of electricity
14. Right to disconnect supply
15. Non-liability of the MunicipalityThe Municipality is not liable for any loss or damage, direct or consequential, suffered or sustained by a consumer as a result of or arising from the cessation, interruption or any other abnormality of the supply of electricity, unless caused by negligence on the part of the municipality.
16. Leakage of electricityNo rebate will be allowed on the account for electricity supplied and metered in respect of electricity wasted owing to leakage or any other fault in the electrical installation.
17. Failure of supply
18. Sealed and locked apparatusWhere the municipality has sealed or locked any meter, service protective device or other apparatus, whether or not belonging to the municipality, no person other than an authorised official of the municipality, may in any manner or for any reason whatsoever remove, break, deface, or tamper or otherwise interfere with any such seal or lock.
19. Tampering with service connection or supply mains
20. Protection of Municipality’s supply mains
21. Prevention of tampering with service connection or supply mainsIf the engineer decides that it is necessary or desirable to take special precautions in order to prevent tampering with any portion of the supply mains, service connection or service protective device or meter or metering equipment, the consumer must either supply and install the necessary protection or pay the costs involved where such protection is supplied by the municipality.
22. Unauthorised connectionsNo person other than a person authorised thereto by the engineer in writing may connect, attempt to connect or cause or permit to be connected any electrical installation or part thereof to the supply mains or service connection.
23. Unauthorised reconnections
24. Temporary disconnection and reconnection
25. Temporary suppliesIf the engineer is of the opinion that any temporary supply of electricity is interfering with the efficient and economical supply of electricity to other consumers, the ejngineer may at any time with notice, or under exceptional circumstances without notice, terminate such temporary supply and, the municipality is not liable for any loss or damage suffered by the consumer by such termination.
26. Temporary work
27. Load reduction
28. High, medium and low voltage switchgear and equipment
29. Substation accommodation
30. Wiring diagram and specification
31. Standby supplyNo person is entitled to a standby supply of electricity from the municipality for any premises having a separate source of electricity supply, except with the written consent of the engineer and subject to such terms and conditions as may be laid down by the engineer.
32. Consumer’s emergency standby supply equipment
Responsibilities of consumers
33. Consumer to provide and maintain electrical installationThe consumer must at own cost install and maintain any electrical installation connected or to be connected to the supply mains, and any additions or alterations thereto which may be made from time to time in accordance with this by-law and the regulations.
34. Fault in electrical installation
35. Discontinuance of use of supplyA consumer who wishes the electricity supply to be discontinued, must give the municipality at least two full working days’ written notice, failing which the consumer will remain liable for all payments due for the supply of electricity until the expiration of two full working days after such notice has been given.
36. Change of occupier
37. Service apparatus
Specific conditions of supply
38. Service connection
39. Metering accommodation
Systems of supply
40. Load requirements
41. Load limitations
42. Interference with other persons’ electrical equipment
43. Supplies to motorsUnless otherwise approved by the engineer the rating of motors shall be limited as follows:
|Insulated service cable, size in mm2, copper equivalent||Maximum permissible starting current||Maximum motor rating in kW|
|mm²||A||Direct on line (6 × full-load current)||Star/Delta (2,5 × full-load current)||Other means (1,5 × full-load current)|
44. Power factor
45. ProtectionElectrical protective devices for motors must be of such a design as effectively to prevent sustained overcurrent and single phasing, where applicable.
Measurement of electricity
47. Accuracy of metering—
48. Reading of credit meters
49. Prepayment metering
50. Requirements supplementary to those in the Regulations
51. Responsibility of Electrical ContractorsThe municipality is not responsible for the work done by the electrical contractor/accredited person on a consumer’s premises nor for any loss or damage which may be occasioned by ﬁre or by any accident arising from the state of the wiring on the premises.
52. Recovery of CostThe municipality may repair and make good any damage done in contravention of this by-law or resulting from a contravention of this by-law. The cost of any such work carried out by the municipality which was necessary due to the contravention of this by-law, will be for the account of the person who acted in contravention of this by-law.
53. Delegation of powers and duties
55. RepealThe By-laws speciﬁed in the ﬁrst column of Schedule 1 are hereby repealed to the extent set out in the second column of the Schedule.
- Entire By-law
- Chapter 1 – General
Chapter 2 – General conditions of supply
- 2. Supply of Electricity by Municipality
- 3. Supply by agreement
- 4. Compliance with notices
- 5. Application for supply
- 6. Processing of requests for supply
- 7. Wayleaves
- 8. Municipality’s right of access to premises
- 9. Obstruction of employees
- 10. Improper use
- 11. Tariffs, fees, availability charges and deposits
- 12. Interest on overdue accounts
- 13. Resale of electricity
- 14. Right to disconnect supply
- 15. Non-liability of the Municipality
- 16. Leakage of electricity
- 17. Failure of supply
- 18. Sealed and locked apparatus
- 19. Tampering with service connection or supply mains
- 20. Protection of Municipality’s supply mains
- 21. Prevention of tampering with service connection or supply mains
- 22. Unauthorised connections
- 23. Unauthorised reconnections
- 24. Temporary disconnection and reconnection
- 25. Temporary supplies
- 26. Temporary work
- 27. Load reduction
- 28. High, medium and low voltage switchgear and equipment
- 29. Substation accommodation
- 30. Wiring diagram and specification
- 31. Standby supply
- 32. Consumer’s emergency standby supply equipment
- Chapter 3 – Responsibilities of consumers
- Chapter 4 – Specific conditions of supply
- Chapter 5 – Systems of supply
- Chapter 6 – Measurement of electricity
- Chapter 7 – Electrical contractors
- Chapter 8 – General
History of this By-law
3 October 2005 this versionPublished in Western Cape Provincial Gazette no. 6303By-law commences.