From the glowing neon lights on the streets and the high rises across the nation to the modest building of a barber’s shop, electrical cables never run out of uses.

The walls of our homes and offices are adorned with an enormous number of cables; they represent the lifeline of our electricity infrastructure.

Before we charge our gadgets, put on the TV or run the vacuum cleaners, an electric cable somewhere and somehow supplies the electricity we need to get it working.

To put it succinctly, as long as we use electricity, we’ll all need electric cables in our lives.

Fortunately, South Africa’s electric cable industry is something to be proud of. While the trend in the country backs greater patronage for foreign-made brands, South Africa cables remain a notable exception.

To the delight of local manufacturers, there’s a general perception of quality towards South Africa made cable brands.  Usually, this means that South Africa manufacturers have the greatest influence on prices.

However, this doesn’t necessarily translate into lower prices. A myriad of other factors has a significant influence on prices.

If you’re looking to start a building project or just simply being curious about cable prices, here’s a succinct price list for your reading pleasure.

Prices of Electrical Cables in South Africa

Power Cables in South Africa

South Africa’s electric cable market is huge. With a numerous number of minor and major electrical projects conducted by both the government and private individuals across the country yearly, the need for electric cables is always continuously on the rise.

This means, apart from a huge market, there are lots of manufacturers in the sector to meet up the huge demand by the market. As more and more manufacturers enter the space, prices are significantly influenced by healthy competition among cable manufacturers.

There’s currently a large number of electric cable manufacturers in the country with a considerable number of them existing as long 30 years ago.

Usually, this means these companies possess a wealth of experience in the manufacturing of electrical cables and are well conversant with tailoring products for the local market.

Costs of Electrical Cables in South Africa

Like most other products in the country, prices of electric cables are also significantly influenced by the prevailing exchange rate of the South Africa ZAR against the US dollars. Factors like competition, inflation, and demand also play an equally significant role in determining prices.

The prices listed here are averages across the country. I recommend you make room for a margin of up to 9 percent. The prices below are the prices per coil of the respective brands. A coil is 100 meters measurement of the electric cable.

Doncaster cables prices in South Africa

Doncaster 1.5mm single core copper wire – R$ 267

Doncaster 1.5mm three core copper wire – R$ 907

Doncaster 1.5mm four core copper wire – R$ 1,395

Doncaster 10mm single core copper wire – R$ 1,580

Doncaster 16mm single core copper wire – R$ 2,220

Doncaster  2.5mm four core copper wire – R$ 1,998

Doncaster  2.5mm single core copper wire – R$ 402

Doncaster 2.5mm three core flexible copper wire – R$ 1,628

Doncaster 4mm four core flexible copper wire – R$ 3,515

Doncaster 4mm single core flexible copper wire – R$ 629

Doncaster 4mm three core flexible copper wire – R$ 2,294

Doncaster 6mm four core flexible copper wire – R$ 4,070

Doncaster 6mm single core flexible copper wire – R$ 777

Doncaster 6mm three core flexible copper wire – R$ 2,886

Prussian cables prices in South Africa

Prysmian 1.5mm four core flexible copper wire – R$ 925

Prysmian 1.5mm single core flexible copper wire – R$ 222

Prysmian 1.5mm three core flexible copper wire – R$ 777

Prysmian 10mm single core flexible copper wire – R$ 1,358

Prysmian 16mm single core flexible copper wire – R$ 2,109

Prysmian 2.5mm four core flexible copper wire – R$ 1,477

Prysmian 2.5mm single core flexible copper wire – R$ 333

Prysmian 2.5mm three core flexible copper wire – R$ 962

Prysmian 4mm four core flexible copper wire – R$ 2,701

Prysmian 4mm single core flexible copper wire – R$ 592

Prysmian 4mm three core flexible copper wire – R$ 2,035

Prysmian 6mm four core flexible copper wire – R$ 4,070

Prysmian 6mm single core flexible copper wire – R$ 777

Prysmian 6mm three core flexible copper wire – R$ 2,960

Coleman cables prices in South Africa

Coleman 1.5mm single core copper wire– R$ 267

Coleman 2.5mm single core copper wire – R$ 481

Coleman 10mm single core copper wire – R$ 2,960

Coleman 16mm single core copper wire – R$ 1,943

Cutix cables prices in South Africa

Cutix 1mm single core copper wire – R$ 254

Cutix 1.5mm single core copper wire – R$ 352

Cutix 6mm single core copper wire – R$ 1,203

Cutix 16mm single core copper wire – R$ 3,201

Nigerchin cables prices in South Africa

Nigerchin 1.5mm single core copper wire – R$ 345

Nigerchin 10mm single core copper wire – R$ 1,399

Nigerchin 16mm single core copper wire – R$ 3,177

Nigerchin 1mm single core copper wire – R$ 271

Nigerchin 2.5mm single core copper wire – R$ 555

Nigerchin 4mm single core copper wire – R$ 839

Nigerchin 6mm single core copper wire – R$ 1,277

Vecan cables prices in South Africa

Vecan 1mm single core copper wire – R$ 222

Vecan 1. 5mm single core copper wire – R$ 296

Vecan 2.5mm single core copper wire – R$ 452

Vecan 6mm single core copper wire – R$ 1,055

Vecan 10mm single core copper wire – R$ 1,554

Vecan 16mm single core copper wire – R$ 2,590

Electrical Cable Buying Tips in South Africa

It is very common among South Africans to pay little attention to the quality of electrical cables they purchase. If it’s conducting electricity, it’s enough – some may easily rationalize. But with the numerous documented cases of fire outbreaks, blackouts, and electrocution, it’s pertinent to prioritize quality of cables over the prices.

As I earlier explained, South Africa made cables are generally adjudged to be of superior quality to most imported brands. It’s therefore important to perform a closer and thorough inspection to make sure the brand you are buying is a reputable South Africa brand.

Lots of product counterfeiters buy cheap and low quality imported brands – mainly Chinese – and repackage them as made in South Africa. As a rule of thumb, always make sure the name brand on the cable body corresponds with that of its accompanying pack.

Similarly, for non-professionals who handle small scale electrical jobs at home or office, paying attention to the diameter of wires is important.

The smaller diameter wires used in making substandard cables substantially reduces its electrical conductivity, especially when used for heavy lifting electric jobs. This causes overheating and could result in damages to connected appliances or even fire outbreaks.

Reduction in conductivity could also negatively affect the cable’s insulating properties. This is among the major causes of electrocution induced by electrical cables.