New standard for SA plugs and sockets

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New standard for SA plugs and sockets

Two new standards that extend South Africa’s plug and socket specification are being added to the country’s wiring code.

Gianfranco Campetti, the chair of the SC23B mirror committee at the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), said the new wiring code should be published by the end of 2019.
 

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I don’t get it, why not keep what we have or get a standard that is used world wide, like USB C for Power
 

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How do you put 15A through the new "ZA plug"? The old 3 prong already struggles with that.

The old 3 prong is generally rated 15A and the new SANS 164–2 is 16A
 
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The plugs old and new are plenty capable of 16 Amps the wires to and from the plug can be less so, especially plug to appliance.
 

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The old 3 prong is generally rated 15A and the new SANS 164–2 is 16A
Which is incorrect. Even the 3 prong can't handle a kettle most of the time without heating up. Our heater almost melted one plug. I'd like to see this new dinky toy handle that. The only way this could work is if appliances reduce their power consumption so now more 3000W heaters or rapid boil kettles.

Or maybe the plan is to keep the 3 prong around as well.
 

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Who really benefits from these extensive changes, and why should they be so different from Europe or Britain or the US or Australia?
 

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Which is incorrect. Even the 3 prong can't handle a kettle most of the time without heating up. Our heater almost melted one plug. I'd like to see this new dinky toy handle that. The only way this could work is if appliances reduce their power consumption so now more 3000W heaters or rapid boil kettles.

Or maybe the plan is to keep the 3 prong around as well.

If the plugs comply with the standard they won't melt and 3000w is closer to 13A and a kettle is less than 10A.
 

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How to confuse the situation: Take a perfectly working plug standard, and then change everything, so there is a high probability that a device won't fit the sockets available!?

Will there soon be an update about the old joke: Cleaner comes into the hospital room and unplugs the life support machine, because there is no socket available for the floor polisher...
 

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One massive flaw with this new plug, is that you cannot plug the new 3 pin into old 2 pin sockets, meaning all your current plugs are useless. It makes converting to the new 3 pin on appliances impossible and using your appliances on international plugs impossible too.
 

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How to confuse the situation: Take a perfectly working plug standard, and then change everything, so there is a high probability that a device won't fit the sockets available!?

Will there soon be an update about the old joke: Cleaner comes into the hospital room and unplugs the life support machine, because there is no socket available for the floor polisher...

Actually this is exactly for this - The cleaner won't be able to fit his/her floor polisher on a dedicated plug, only the hospital instruments will be on it.
 

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One massive flaw with this new plug, is that you cannot plug the new 3 pin into old 2 pin sockets, meaning all your current plugs are useless. It makes converting to the new 3 pin on appliances impossible and using your appliances on international plugs impossible too.
You can't plug the old 3 pin into old 2 pin sockets either. 2 pin sockets should only be for appliances that do not need an earth, anyway.
 

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Actually this is exactly for this - The cleaner won't be able to fit his/her floor polisher on a dedicated plug, only the hospital instruments will be on it.
They'll still try, and then spend an hour trying to find someone who can explain it to them while Koos is suffocating. The whole idea of dedicated plugs and sockets is stupid.
 

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One massive flaw with this new plug, is that you cannot plug the new 3 pin into old 2 pin sockets, meaning all your current plugs are useless. It makes converting to the new 3 pin on appliances impossible and using your appliances on international plugs impossible too.

Exactly. Just got given a new (to me) appliance which has the new plug. Fits exactly zero plugs or adaptors in the house.

I did read somewhere that they have an agreement in place that your warranty won't be voided if you switch plugs. Not sure if that has come into effect or not.
 
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