Load Shedding FAQ

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Eskom currently supplies more than 5 million households with electricity. The rest get their electricity from their local municipality. Eskom and municipal schedules often differ, even in the same regions. These are some of the most common questions consumers, including our readers, ask about load shedding.  Please note that these …

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SA Confirms Commitment to Net-Zero Emission by 2050

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The South African Government has confirmed its commitment to net-zero emission by 2050, even though it continues to rely on coal for the bulk of its energy needs.  This is what President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his 2021 State of the Nation Address (SONA) about net-zero emissions and renewable energy, …

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Builders’ Holidays 2020

Annual Builders’ Holidays changes December 2020 to January 2021 2020 has seen a major upheaval in terms of many of the normal functions in the building industry because of the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic. After months of not being able to operate, the usually welcome idea of the traditional shut-down over …

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Categories

Here is a list of all the categories on the site that should make it easier for you to find what you are looking for.

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Reduce Your Energy Costs by 90%

You Can Reduce Your Energy Costs by up to 90% After signing up for “My Green Home” four years ago the Makalima-Ngewana family family saw their house in the middle-class suburb of Pinelands (a suburb of Cape Town) retrofitted with energy saving LED lights, low-flow showerheads and roof-top solar panels, …

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Roofs and Roofing

Roofs come in all shapes and forms, ranging from “flat” concrete roofs to steeply pitched roofs. Some roofs are tiled while others types of roofing is finished with sheeting of various types. Thatch is also used for roofing, though the structure of rafters and beams is completely different to that …

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Consumers Pay For Fresh Air On Their Water Bills

By JANEK SZYMANOWSKI Every time a water pipe bursts, there’s a good chance that the municipality will rake in thousands of rands from false water meter readings. This is because air passing through consumers’ water meters and water pipes gives false readings that are charged automatically on all water bills. …

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Contractors All Risk-Insurance Policy Explained

What is a Contractors All Risk Insurance policy? Contractor’s All Risk Insurance is a policy which insures the principal/employer and covers the contract works undertaken by the contractor and sub contractors. CivilSure offers 2 types of Contractor’s All Risk Insurance policies: 1. Contractors All Risk Once Off This Contractor’s Insurance …

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Did you Know the NHBRC Can Send You to Jail?

The NHBRC CAN Send You to Jail. If you are in the home building industry then this is a must read. Here are some important things you and housing consumers should take into consideration regarding the NHBRC and how it will affect your home building process. The National Home Builders …

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New Electric Fence Law

New Electric Fence Legislation Sends Shock Waves throughout South Africa Penny Swift, 23 June, 2013 When the regulations regarding an electric fence were changed in 2011, nobody paid much attention. But now that the authorities are enforcing the regulations, people are totally shocked and all fired up. Yesterday a homeowner …

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How to Register to Download

How Do I Register to Download? We get a number of questions from our viewers as to how to register to download documents. Here is a brief explanation with a few screenshots that we hope will help you get the documents that you would like to download. Firstly on our …

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Construction Laws & SANS 10400

How Construction Laws, National Building Regulations and South African National Standards Affect Homeowners Prior to 1985, various provinces and municipalities in South Africa had their own construction laws and regulations which, although similar, were not the same. Over a period of years a committee of experts, including architects, builders, developers, and the Bureau of Standards …

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