National Electrical Test Facility (NETFA)

South Africa’s National Electrical Test Facility (NETFA) is the largest, independent test facility for power utilities and the electro-technical industry, within Africa. NETFA is part of the suite of testing laboratories at the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS).

As the foremost electrical testing facility in Africa, NETFA is recognised and acknowledged worldwide for its testing, its range of testing capabilities at one location, its reputation for consistent testing procedures and its technical experts.

Our SANAS accreditation, based on ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 ensures that the tests conducted are suitable for South African conditions and that the facility is also able to test to international requirements. We are currently transitioning to ISO/IEC 17025: 2015.

At NETFA, we have four technical focus areas and a range of testing services that can be provided at the same time. As the first facility in Africa to have tested at 765 kV in the 1980s – the facility is well known for its high power testing capabilities. Our independent and impartial laboratories include the following:

  • short circuit laboratory
  • high voltage laboratory
  • materials & installation laboratories
  • distribution technology services

While the nature of some stress tests require certain duration testing, NETFA excels in tests such as radio influence voltage (RIV) tests, with a 24 hour turnaround time in conducting tests and completing a test report.

SABS is the national appointed agency to verify local content of goods. Verification is conducted against the South African National Standard (SANS 1286:2017) for determining local content. Amendments to the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, No. 5 of 2000 has allowed for the increased local content production within the economy. All suppliers tendering for goods, works and service contracts within the public sector will have to comply with the local content criteria applicable to the designated sector. The National Treasury has issued instruction notes detailing the local content criteria which have been determined by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and applicable to the respective designated sectors.

The electro-technical sector is designated, with the following products, amongst others, being listed:

  • Transformers, shunt reactors and associated equipment
  • Steel power pylons
  • Electrical cable products (low voltage and medium voltage)
  • Residential electrical meters
  • • Solar Water Heater Components

Suppliers are required to submit a “declaration of local content” form when submitting their proposal for tenders. Once awarded a tender, suppliers will be required to undergo a local content verification conducted by the SABS.

Click here to download the pdf brochure and to learn more about the services offered to the electro-technical industry.