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Electricians in Polokwane 

Polokwane (which means “place of safety” in Northern Sotho) is the capital of South Africa’s Limpopo Province. Situated about 317 km north-east of Johannesburg, it is South Africa's largest urban centre north of Gauteng.

Polokwane was founded by the Voortrekkers in 1886 (known then as “Pietersburg”) and officially became a city on 23 April 1992. Today, it is a city sporting green public spaces, wide streets, and a stunning mixture of Jacaranda and coral trees.

Modern-day Polokwane is divided into nine residential districts and its properties range from low-cost housing to gated communities such as Bendor Village, Woodlands and Broadlands. As per property24, 1 761 three-bedroom houses were listed as available in March 2019, 936 four-bedroom properties, and 578 two-bedroom abodes. For the same time period, the average price of properties in Polokwane was given as R 2 569 084.

What does an electrician do?

An electrician installs and maintains electrical power for lighting- , communication-, wiring- and control systems, and appliances. Their training makes them qualified to inspect electrical components such as circuit breakers and transformers, as well as use various testing equipment to help them identify possible electrical problems. Electricians are also expected to repair any issues with or replace equipment or wiring.

An electrician must be able to read blueprints to enable them to locate outlets, circuits, and other equipment. To do their jobs correctly, these professionals make use of a variety of tools, such as conduit benders, wire strippers, power tools, ammeters and voltmeters.

Most electricians are specialists in electrical engineering or maintenance, yet a growing number of them are able to do both. These professionals could also specialise in residential, industrial, commercial, or outdoor power lines (or more than one of these areas).

Interesting facts about electricians

·         Master electricians train almost as long as Doctors. With electrical work, there is no room for error, which is why master electricians undertake years of additional training to ensure they sidestep any lethal mishaps. After completing an apprenticeship and becoming a licensed electrician, they gain experience for three years before applying to be a master electrician, and their credentials are also carefully checked.

·         They must pass a colour test. Often the only way to distinguish between various types of wiring is to use a colour-coded system. Without proper colour vision, a person working with wiring could make a deadly mistake.

·         Electricians are safety professionals. Safety checks form a major part of an electrician’s job. These professionals work in an assortment of places and different types of buildings, which makes it imperative that they follow the correct building codes whenever installing electrical models.

·         More jobs will be made available to electricians. As this occupation is vital to the construction of homes and properties, many more jobs will be made available to electricians in the near future. Also consider the fact that because of our increasing dependence on digital technology, our reliance on electricity and electrical appliances is definitely escalating.  

Five reasons why you must hire a professional electrician

1.    They play it safe. The average person knows little to nothing about electrical wiring, which makes attempting a DIY job involving electrical cables and appliances quite deadly. Remember that a professional electrician doesn’t just keep you safe by doing the electrical work, but also keeps your family and house safe, because if a repair is performed incorrectly, long-term safety hazards could occur in the form of electrical shocks and/or fire.

2.    They save you costs. A lot of homeowners who attempt to DIY an electrical repair end up hiring a professional electrician. And in most cases, they have made the original problem much worse simply because they don’t have the skills and experience. That means a more intense task for the electrician to fix the now-worse issue, resulting in more time and money from the client.

3.    Troubleshooting. Often times a client will call up an electrician to come and deal with one issue, just to have the professional arrive and discover that the one issue is actually a symptom of a much larger problem. Only a professional electrician is trained to perform troubleshooting and problem-solving required to diagnose an electrical problem and come up with an effective solution.

4.    They have the required education and certification. Similar to other professionals in the construction industry (like architects), electricians complete many hours of education, on-the-job training, and certification before they can lawfully do their job. A professional electrician’s license and certification guarantees that a certain standard of work can be delivered. When you’re searching for an electrician, check whether they’re an apprentice, journeyman, or master electrician. And always verify that their business is bonded, licensed, and insured.

5.    Long-term peace of mind. With a professionally qualified electrician taking care of your electrical requirements, you have the peace of mind of knowing that your electrical system’s lifetime is extended and that future problems are prevented. And remember that electrical work performed by a professional is usually guaranteed. That means that should the problem continue or return, the professional will come back free of charge.

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