GEIA has operated as an Approved Electrical Inspection Authority accredited by the
South African Department of Labour (Sept.1999 - Apr. 2013) and is currently preparing
for the implementation of an operational standard through SANAS (South African National
Accreditation System), as a private Electrical Inspection Body
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SALE OF PROPERTY AND CERTIFICATES OF COMPLIANCE (COC)
If you have recently purchased fixed property, it is most likely that one of the
provisions of the Sale Agreement was that the seller of the property would supply
you with an Electrical Certificate of Compliance (C.O.C.).
If as a new user of the electrical installation, you have any doubt as to the validity
of the COC or believe that the COC may have been obtained under dubious conditions
or circumstances, you should have the electrical installation checked as soon as
As this matter is encompassed within legal processes, it is important that this check
be done by an Independent Electrical Inspection Body to obtain “evidence” of non-compliance
before any person with potential vested interest becomes involved in accessing the
Failure to adhere to legal processes could severely prejudice any rights of recovery
that you may have as a result of the property sale process.
The provisions of Section 22 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993
stipulate that subject to Section 10(4), an electrical installation may not be marketed
or sold unless the safety requirements have been complied with. In other words, a
valid Certificate of Compliance must be produced in the sale process.
Where a certificate of compliance is transferred, it must be ensured by the person
that receives such a certificate of compliance, that it is VALID.
A Certificate of Compliance which is (2) two years and older may however not be transferred
under any circumstances in the property transfer process.