The new amendment to the wiring code introduced in 2016 stated that each new plug point must have a least one socket that can accommodate a ZA Plug. This new standard is now mandatory from January 2018.
Although the new standard is now required to integrate sockets which comply with the ZA plug in new buildings, the old standard still remains legal so rest assusred the amended wiring code does not effect existing buildings or houses.
So why the change? The IEC is trying to establish a universal plug and socket system. Regardless of their best efforts, Brazil and South Africa are the only countries to have adopted the 250v standard.
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