Ruiters v Minister of Human Settlements (13669/14) [2015] ZAWCHC 107 (12 August 2015) per Donen AJ

[61] The provisions of the Act relating to an owner builder do not expressly require proof of his or her technical competence. No law of general application limits the use of an owner builder’s property on the basis that he or she is not technically competent to construct his home.  The limitation in the Act based on lack of technical construction capacity relates only to a home builder. [footnote omitted]  The construction of a building by an owner builder, however, is required to comply with plans approved by the local authority as provided for in the National Building Regulations Act.  A certificate authorising occupancy will only be granted in terms of s.14 of this Act if the building has been erected in accordance with the provisions of the Act and the conditions on which approval was granted; and an electrical certificate of compliance with applicable laws has been issued;  and certificates relating to design, erection and installation of the structural, fire protection and fire installation systems have been submitted.