The township of Diepsloot is situated about 40 - 45 km north of the city of Johannesburg. Named after the Afrikaans word for “deep ditch”, Diepsloot was originally established in 1995 as a temporary living spot for about 200 families evicted from other Gauteng areas. The modern-day Diepsloot, however, has gained attention for its incredible growth over a very short period. Today, it is home to more than 800,000 residents, features various shops, centres, and even its own police station.
Aiming to make Diepsloot more convenient for residents was a recent development: a vacant piece of land transformed into a public park. This has become Diepsloot West Park, which flaunts new trees, playground equipment for children, benches and pathways, sports facilities, and even a water channel.
Both formal and informal settlements can be found in Diepsloot. Its residents live in a mixture of fully government-subsidised housing, partially government subsidised houses, brick houses built by landowners, and shacks. It is believed that about 45% of Diepsloot residents live in properties that they rent from landowners who have subdivided their land.
An electrician is a trained and qualified professional that installs, operates, repairs, upgrades, and services various electrical systems. These systems can include wiring, specialised electrical equipment, and different fixtures / appliances.
Some electricians, depending on their occupation / employer, may also install and service street lights, intercom systems, and various other control systems. electricians can work in residential houses and apartments, large corporate skyscrapers, factories, power stations, etc.
The general responsibilities of an electrician include:
· Designing electrical layouts based on job specifications and local codes
· Reading building plans to understand electrical circuits
· Studying electrical configurations
· Ordering supplies
· Testing and inspecting circuits and systems using specialised equipment
· Installing complex electrical equipment
· Upgrading existing systems
· Fixing wires and circuits
· Working with a variety of electrical equipment and tools
· Ensuring a job site is safe for use
· Working according to government regulations.
· Residential electricians install, maintain, and upgrade electrical equipment in houses and flats, but may also work with outdoor landscape lighting.
· Commercial electricians work on construction sites, in commercial buildings, and on mechanical electrical systems. Most of them are able to perform some installation work involving water heaters, commercial security systems, and electronic key systems.
· Journeymen electricians work with mechanical connections, lighting installation, power supplies, security systems, and communications in both residential and commercial buildings. This type of electrician may also work on overhead lines and/or in construction.
· Master electricians are the highly skilled professionals who generally work in a supervisory role or own their own business. In addition to the usual knowledge about installation and repairs of electrical systems, a master electrician must also be able to supervise a staff of labourers, apprentices, and journeymen electricians on residential and commercial projects.
1. Do you have a licence? Not anyone is licensed to work with electricity. If your electrician is working for a company, ask about the firm’s background and permit. And always enquire about the professional’s experience.
2. Do you have an hourly rate? Like any other professional (Architect, Interior Designer, Gardener...), electricians work at different paces. Thus, when charged by the hour, you can end up paying a completely different price depending on the professional’s speed. But keep in mind that the quickest job isn’t always the best!
3. Do you have liability insurance? Never let an electrician work on your project / property without liability insurance. That professional needs to be fully insured in order to protect you should an accident occur.
4. Do you work live? For safety reasons, no electrician should ever conduct electrical work while a circuit is live. That is why these professionals must always shut down all power to an area before undertaking any electrical work, and a shutdown notice needs to be provided to the clients before doing so.
5. What is your area of specialisation? / What other services do you offer? Make sure you employ the right type of electrician for the project you have in mind.
6. Do you have a warranty / guarantee in place? Some companies will offer a warranty period which allows you to contact them whenever an unexpected problem occurs.