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ASAQS Annual Conference: AGILITY - Swift & Strong - 1 & 2 August 2017

NW - Decision Framework for Extension of Time Claims - 22 September 2017

The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors

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Quantity Surveyors, project managers, cost engineers or anybody interested in the construction industry and built environment should find really useful information on this large web site dedicated to the quantity surveying profession in South Africa. Our Events Calendar lists seminars and events for quantity surveyors, cost engineers, project managers and other role players in the construction industry. Visit our online store to purchase contracts, documents, apparel and software or take time out to catch up on the latest "News". Browse around... we hope you enjoy your stay! Welcome. We're glad you're here.


Training opportunities


The Department of Public Works invites suitably qualified candidates to join the exciting Young Professionals Programme and contribute towards building technical capacity for the State.

The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is aimed at accelerating the registration of Professionals in the built environment through structured mentorship.

Ref: HCI/CQS/2017

Centre: Head Office /Polokwane/Mmabatho/Nelspruit/Kimberly/ Bloemfontein/Durban/ Cape Town/ Mthatha/ Port Elizabeth

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AECOM Cost Guide

Through their legacy practices, the AECOM AFRICA PROPERTY AND CONSTRUCTION COST GUIDE 2017 (28th Edition) has been published for many years. It is the result of on-going cost research and is made available to clients and colleagues as a service to the property and construction industry. We are proud to know that it became respected within the industry. We are delighted to share our cost guide with clients and colleagues through the ASAQS web site. They are encouraged to contact us directly, should they wish to positively contribute to make our publication even more respected and relevant in the future.


AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm. It designs, builds, finances and operates infrastructure assets around the world for public and private sector clients. In Africa, AECOM has offices in more than 20 countries, including Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. With top-level professionals in multiple locations; AECOM understands Africa's specific infrastructure needs, as well as the challenges of working on the continent. Its multidisciplinary teams of award-winning engineers, planners, architects, environmental specialists, economists, scientists, consultants, and quantity surveyors (cost), project- and programme-managers are committed to delivering projects that improve the quality of life of communities throughout Africa, and are within budget.

Click here to download the latest AECOM Africa Property and Construction Cost Guide 2017 (28th Edition)

Applications are invited to serve on the JBCC Drafting Committee

The constituents of the Joint Building Contracts Committee have critically reviewed the objectives of the JBCC and the range of documents it produces to serve the industry identifying certain additional publications. To this end a ‘drafting committee’ is to be established during August 2017 consisting of no more than five industry representatives and two construction lawyers.

The JBCC herewith invites members of its constituent bodies, or persons associated with such a body, wishing to serving on this drafting committee that is expected to generally meet in Johannesburg on the 2nd and 4th Friday of a month for an all day work session. Payment per day will be made on the successful completion of assignments within an agreed time period determined by the JBCC Board.

Applications must be received by e-mail to no later than close of business on Friday 28 July 2017

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In Memoriam - Sam Mthethwa

Sam Mthethwa

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the sudden passing this week of Sam Mthethwa – an ASAQS Board Member and the current ASAQS Mpumalanga Chapter Chairperson.

Sam was a man of great insight, intelligence and professional acumen gained through dealing with all facets of the profession over 23 years of exposure and experience within the industry.

In 1996 Sam joined the Standerton branch of Hardstone & Partners (now Hardstone Mthethwa) as a junior Quantity Surveyor. Sam became a full partner at Hardstone Mthethwa in 1997.  He qualified as a PrQS in 2004 and thereafter became the 100% Principal of HM Hardstone Mthethwa Registered Quantity Surveyors in Standerton. 

Not only was Sam an active and insightful ASAQS Board member and Chairperson of the ASAQS Mpumalanga Chapter but was also the past Chairman of the WF Te Water South African National Tuberculosis Association (SANTA) Centre in Standerton. 

Sam has left a deep, lasting and profound impression on everybody that knew him. We are honoured and grateful for Sam’s lasting contribution that he made to our association and to the profession which he served in with such passion and integrity.

With regards to the funeral arrangements, we have been informed of the following by Margie (Sam’s PA):

DATE: Saturday, 08th July 2017
TIME: 09h30 am
WHERE: The Kingdom Hall in Standerton

We welcome Claire Deacon and Associates as a sponsor

Claire Deacon and Associates (cd&a) have practiced in the field of health and safety since 1995. 21 years of experience in the field provides them with the tools to support the built environment, and the client team on any level of project.  cd&a is passionate about H&S and our team of specialists are all registered with the SACPCMP in various categories.  cd&a has recently introduced Environmental and Heritage support to projects.

The company is led by Dr Claire Deacon, whose wide background in health, ergonomics, and research provides in depth understanding and legal compliance on projects across the project stages and life cycle.  Dr Deacon currently serves as a board member on the 4th term SACPCMP Council, is a Director of ACHASM, and represents ACHASM on the BEP Grouping.

The cd&a focus is to limit risk to the project, client and designers.  Current projects include the monitoring of the Rand Water Station 5 water reticulation plant, Vereeniging; Investec’s Cornubia Regional Shopping Centre, Umhlanga; and OTMS’s Bulk Crude Oil Tank Storage Facility, Saldanha. Other completed projects include health and safety support of Provincial and District offices of the Eastern Cape Department of Roads and Public Works, as well as many roads schools and maintenance projects.

With offices in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape; Cape Town, and Midrand, Gauteng, they are well placed to deliver professional health and safety support to projects across South Africa.

Click here to read the latest Construction Health and Safety Newsletter published by Claire Deacon and Associates

Management Trainees: Real Estate Management Services
(X10 Positions)

The Department of Public Works is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

Requirements: A three year qualification in Property Management/Property Studies, Quantity Surveying, Real Estate or any related qualification with at least one year working experience in the Property Management environment; Knowledge and Experience in Estate Agency, Market Valuation, and Lease Management and a valid driver’s license would be an added advantage.

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Quote of the week

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose.
Lyndon B. Johnson (1908 - 1973)


International Construction Market Survey 2017

Turner & Townsend’s International Construction Market Survey 2017, a major data-led study of construction costs in 43 global markets gives an in-depth snapshot of construction costs – and what’s driving them – around the world.

It measures average input costs and calculates the average cost per m2 of building a range of construction projects, including high-rise apartments, city centre offices, hospitals, schools, warehouses and shopping malls.

All local construction costs have been converted into US dollars to allow accurate cost comparisons to be made between construction markets in widely diverse economies.  The report also uses the Purchasing Power Parity methodology to determine the relative value of different currencies, and location factor approach, which takes into account factors such as labour productivity, market heat and tender margins.

Turner & Townsend is a B-BBEE Level 1, global and independent professional services company specialising in programme management, project management, cost management and consulting across the property, infrastructure and natural resources sectors.

Click here to gain access to  ICMS 2017

Why the 'cost per square metre rate' should be used with caution

Clients and contractors involved in the cost comparison and cost planning process in expressing building cost should use the 'cost per square metre rate' with extreme caution, advises Bert van den Heever, former president of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS).

There are a number of design variables which can adversely influence square metre rates, thereby giving a false impression of the cost of a building project and this can lead to serious problems for both clients and contractors, he says. “You will not compare a Porsche to a Volkswagen on the basis of their cost per square metre, so why try and do it with buildings?"

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Solar paint that makes clean energy?

RMIT University in Melbourne announced on the 14th that researches at the university have created a revolutionary new solar paint that can be used to produce endless amounts of clean energy.

The paint contains a newly developed compound that absorbs moisture and then acts as a semi-conductor and catalyses the splitting of water atoms into hydrogen and oxygen.

As long as there is moisture in the air a painted wall can produce hydrogen. Hydrogen is the cleanest source of energy, creating only water vapour when it's burned. It can be used directly in fuel cells, or stored for later use. With the development of this paint, the promise of a 'hydrogen economy' might finally come true

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The right road to termination

In the latest copy of the RICS Construction Journal David Falkenstern and Ilke Sahin offer advice on how to ensure contract termination is the last resort.

They say: ..."Manipulating the programme to show an artificially early completion date will likely lead to an inaccurate critical path, yet this is a common feature of construction disputes that exaggerates their scope. Therefore, clients should not pressure contractors to show no delay in their updates when delay is inevitable. Inaccurate programme updates will also cause erroneous project forecasting, including financial forecasting. Consequentially, this can exacerbate cash-flow problems for both contractors and clients and lead to further dispute."

They go on to make a case for proactive clauses that help limit the scope for dispute that may result in termination, such as:

  • defining the method of analysis to be used in an extension-of-time request made soon after the parties first become aware of the delay, and possibly an alternative method to be used after the completion of the affected works
  • ownership of programme float, the spare capacity built into the programme
  • how concurrency – that is, when two delays simultaneously affect the critical path – should be analysed.

We strongly urge you to read the full article by accessing the Construction Journal and then turning to page 15

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New courses added to GoLearning

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  Weekend Property & Construction News


In order to assist members to plan their diaries this year in terms of forthcoming congresses and conferences they may wish to attend, we publish the preliminary dates of some of these congresses for your attention:

Agility, Swift & Strong - ASAQS Conference
1&2 August 2017
Gallagher Conference Centre


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