ELECTRICITY is the power source behind all the household appliances we use on a daily basis.
That is why professionals, such as Lionel Butler owner of Butler’s Electrical, Chatty, ensure that your current continues to flow so that you never have to start your day without your morning cup of coffee.
After studying at Bethelsdorp Technical College (now PE College) and completing his five-year apprenticeship at Smith and Weldrick Electrical, Butler qualified as an electrician.
The Bethelsdorp resident acquired some more experience while working at Firestone for 14 years before opening his company 21 years ago.
“During all my years of work I have gained experience in a diverse field. I have worked on everything from household appliances to high-rise buildings.
“While I was working I studied part-time to acquire my T2 electrical heavy current certificate. After that I decided to start my own business. I needed a new challenge, it’s the only way we better ourselves,” Butler said.
Competition was stiff in the field, he said, and people should be warned about the quality of electrical work.
“One of the major challenges of having your own business is competition. I feel the public needs to be aware of DIY electricians.
“When you hire the service of an electrician you should always ask for qualification papers.
“Time and again I will work on a house and the wiring is done completely wrong. But then people will tell me it doesn’t matter because it works. Yes, it works but it is extremely dangerous,” Butler said.
Most electrical problems occurred in the Northern Areas and townships in Port Elizabeth, he said.
“Unless people become educated in electricity in these areas, electricity will always be a serious cause for concern. That is why I urge everybody to hire the services of a professional for the safety of one’s family and one’s peace of mind,” Butler said.