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How To Wire A Plug South Africa?


For many South Africans, wiring a plug can be daunting. However, it does not have to be complicated or dangerous and with the right tools and knowledge you can easily wire your own plug. In this article we will provide step-by-step instructions on how to safely wire a plug in South Africa.

Safety First

Before doing any work on an electrical appliance it is important to first turn off all power at the circuit breaker box for safety reasons. If you are unsure about anything then consult an electrician before attempting any wiring yourself as mistakes could result in severe injuries or death as electricity is extremely powerful and should never be taken lightly.

Tools Needed:

In order to successfully complete this task you will need the following tools:
• Pliers • Wire cutters • Electrical tape • Screwdrivers • Plug (with screws)


1) Begin by removing the outer casing of the plug using pliers or screwdrivers if necessary so that you can access its internal components. It is important at this point not to touch any of these components until they have been properly insulated later on in the process.

2) Once inside, take note of which coloured wires attach where – typically there are three different colours – Green/Yellow (earth), Blue (neutral) and Brown (live). Then use your wire cutter tool to carefully strip away some insulation from each one so that just enough copper conductor is exposed for a secure connection when attaching them back into place again later on. Make sure you leave sufficient length of cable attached within each component so that they reach their respective terminals without being too tight!

3) Tightly wrap electrical tape around each individual component such as live, neutral and earth terminals separately – ensuring there are no gaps between them – before attaching them back into place with screws provided with your new plug according to their original colour coding system i.e green/yellow for earth, blue for neutral & brown for live etc.. Be sure not loosen or tighten screws excessively otherwise terminal connections may become loose which could potentially cause short circuits leading hazards such as fires etc.. After completing these steps securely fix together both sides of your new plugs’ casing making sure no wires protrude outwards from either side once again paying attention not over tighten screws here either! Lastly check continuity between all points by switching power back on temporarily then off again afterwards feeling confident everything has been done correctly 🙂


Wiring a plug isn’t necessarily difficult but it does require patience along with understanding basic safety precautions especially when working with mains electricity always remembering even low voltages pose potential hazard risks if treated carelessly! We hope our simple guide has been helpful giving readers confidence knowing how easy yet important this task really is 😀

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