What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

What can I do to minimise risk of infection?

The virus is very susceptible to common anti-bacterial cleaning agents such as bleach, and alcohol-based cleaners (60% volume). Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Maintain at least 1 metre distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unclean hands.

What is self-isolation?

Self-isolation is a way to keep yourself from possibly infecting others if you think you might be infected. It involves limiting contact with public places, relatives, friends, colleagues, and public transport.


I have flu like symptoms should I get tested?

The symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or fever. However, these are also symptoms of the flu. The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) recommends that you should only get tested if you display symptoms plus:

Been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 person;
Travelled to a high-risk country;
Worked in or been to a healthcare facility treating people with Covid-19;
Have a severe case of pneumonia with an unknown cause. However, one should consult your medical practitioner immediately if you display symptoms.

Which hospitals will treat Covid-19 patients?

The following hospitals have also been identified as centres for isolation and treatment of people infected with Coronavirus:

  • Polokwane Hospital in Limpopo
  • Rob Ferreira Hospital in Mpumalanga
  • Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, Steve Biko Hospital and Tembisa Hospitals in Gauteng
  • Grace Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal
  • Klerksdorp Hospital in the North West
  • Kimberly Hospital in the Northern Cape
  • Pelonomi Hospital in the Free State
  • Livingstone Hospital in the Eastern Cape and
  • Tygerberg Hospital in the Western Cape.

Can I go to school or work?

Anyone who is sick or displaying symptoms should not go to school or work. If you have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, you should self-isolate for 14 days from the date of close contact. If you are concerned, contact your medical practitioner for further advice



St Helena Airport

In November 2011 Basil Read was awarded a Design, Build and Operate (DBO) contract for the St. Helena Airport by the St. Helena Government. The project aims to provide air services to St. Helena Island to grow the economy through increased tourism. The airport scope includes:

  • A 1950m concrete runway
  • A 3500m2 Terminal Building and supporting infrastructure
  • Air Traffic Control and Safety
  • Bulk Fuel Installation (BFI) and Airport Fuel Facility (AFF)
  • A 14km Access Road

LVS was appointed as Turn-Key EC&I contractors for both the BFI and the AFF. The scope of work included the design, supply and installation of the following equipment:

  • Motor Control Centres (MCC)
  • Control System, Emergency Shut Down System and Fire System
  • Containerised Sub-Stations
  • Instrumentation
  • Earthing and Lightning Protection
  • Lighting and Small Power
  • Bay Control Systems
  • Automatic Tank Gauging Systems (ATG)

SAICE Awards

Johannesburg, 16 July 2018-  Low Voltage Switchboards management would like to extend their appreciation towards the engineering department and everyone involved in the St Helena Airport Project. In November 2011 Basil Read was awarded a Design, Build and Operate (DBO) contract for the St. Helena Airport by the St. Helena Government. The project aims to provide air services to St. Helena Island to grow the economy through increased tourism.


LVS was appointed as Turn-Key EC&I contractor for both the BFI and the AFF. We are proud to announce that Basil Read has been recognised and awarded by the SAICE (South African Institution of Civil Engineering) for the St Helena Project.


The opening of the airport and the anticipated moderate influx of visitors to the island; tourism is set to be an important source of employment and foreign earnings for the Saints. The island’s low volume, high quality approach to tourism will not only create exciting opportunities for the local tourism and hospitality industry, but also create stronger local demand by attracting foreign investment in other growth industries.

We would once again like to congratulate Blythe Barker and everyone involved for their contribution and dedication to making access to and from St Helena Island so much easier and efficient for the Saints.

Nelson Mandela Day

Johannesburg, 18 July 2018

As the world reflects on Nelson Mandela’s legacy, Low Voltage Switchboards took part in Mandela day and contributed towards the 67 minutes for Mandela. LVS joined AFRIBIZ INVEST in handing over a brand-new house to Mama Anna in Soshanguve in the spirit of Ubuntu.

Mama Anna (89 years) has been living in a shack for decades and now her dignity has been restored. LVS was honoured to be a part of this initiative and giving back to the community.


20 Year Anniversary

Low Voltage Switchboards is pleased to announce their 20th year in business. Founded and established by Leon Venter in 1998, LVS has successfully positioned itself as a leader in the switchgear industry. What began as a small firm with four permanent staff members, has risen to stand tall among industry giants.

Mr Leon Venter, founder and managing director, would later be joined by two phenomenal partners who are industry experts and have contributed immensely to LVS’ countless achievements and accomplishments.

Mr Rudi Barker, sales and marketing director, has been instrumental in securing ground-breaking projects beyond our borders. Backed by over 30 years in contracting and electrical engineering, he has managed to cement LVS as a sought-after organisations director, and his engineering team is the core engine of the company responsible for all engineering and production activities at the company.

This local company prides itself in its African heritage, offering comprehensive, integrated switchgear solutions, ranging from ad-hoc installations to full turnkey projects.

It is without a doubt that we couldn’t have come this far without the hard work and commitment of each member of LVS and continuous support of our clients. We are also grateful to our clients who trusted us to assist them with wold class service and products.

Their demands, challenges and feedback have pushed us to go ahead and improve vigorously. Our success story remains incomplete without the support of our customers; not only have they made us a part of their lives but also helped us reach out to the world.

We can’t thank you enough for your contributions to LVS.

Happy Women’s Day

Johannesburg, 08 August 2018– South Africa is very fortunate to have a long history of strong, influential women who have sacrificed so much for our democracy and our people. In fact, the world is filled with stories of remarkable women whose sacrifices have shaped the world. It is this unwavering commitment and dedication that we collectively celebrate in South Africa today.  One of the battles women have had to face and are still facing today – is the battle for their rights, specifically the right to be considered equal amongst men. At LVS we are very focused on ensuring that all staff are treated equally, regardless of gender, age, race or religious beliefs.

Women’s Day is a national celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Join us in taking this opportunity to not only acknowledge but show our respect and gratitude to all the incredible women in our lives for their tireless commitment both at work and at home.

Let us all recognise the contribution women make in our lives, not just today – but every day.  Consider your actions towards your female colleagues, wives, sisters, daughters and mothers and ensure that you treat them with dignity, respect, kindness and above all as peers in every aspect of your life.