The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors
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.
The Western Cape Chapter invites you to join them at their end of year function... and that includes QS's from other provinces too! The event will support Go for Gold (www.goforgold.org.za) and celebrates Cape Town as World Design Capital 2014.
Only days to go to the conference that will change your way of thinking...
The focus of being ready to evolve as a professional QS is being presented by a number of speakers, who have been selected to encourage you to embrace change for your survival. That is why this conference, organised by the SACQSP, ASAQS, AAQS and various other bodies is entitled:
Mapping the Future
The keynote speakers include (click on the name to see a short CV):
Prof Matthew Lester
Raymond de Villiers
Entertainment at the Gala evening will be provided by Gilian Gork, South Africa's premier mentalist.
Click here to view a video about him.
There will be a panel discussion to prompt a healthy debate on fees. Forty nine (49) research papers will also be presented both from within South Africa as well as our African affiliates.
YOU SHOULD BE AT THE CSIR CONFERENCE CENTER IN PRETORIA ON 22 & 23 SEPTEMBER !
Click here to book one of the few remaining seats, but hurry, they are going fast!
Bookings close on Thursday 18 September at 17h00
You need to look at this as it will effect your future business
As most business owners know, the B-BBEE Generic Codes are undergoing a complete overhaul and the new codes issued and legislated by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on the 11th of October 2013 will have a major impact on doing business in this country in future.
To further complicate matters, we in the construction industry are also regulated by the Construction Sector Charter which takes precedence over the generic codes. In the past, the Charter reduced the threshold as an EME and therefore B-BBEE compliance from R10m to R1,5m which had serious implications for small firms.
The charter now has to be aligned to the new codes and if this is not done before the end of October this year there is a very good chance that come 1 April 2015 we will, by default, have to comply to the generic codes as they now stand.
The Executive Director sent out an e-mail explaining the situation in detail and also enclosed a paper on the position that the ASAQS has adopted on your behalf.
Please let us know whether you agree- or disagree or have any suggestions regarding the position that the ASAQS has adopted by no later than Monday 15 September. This is incredibly short notice. A situation forced on by the negotiation process between stakeholders which must be accelerated if we wish to meet the deadline.
Please read through the positioning document and let us have your inputs i.e. if you think that the threshold for EME's should somehow be adjusted annually, then let us know. If you think that due to the "feast or famine" nature of our business the fees on which B-BBEE compliance should be based must be calculated on a three year rolling average, then tell us so.
The ASAQS is negotiating on your behalf so please strengthen our position by giving your inputs to Larry via e-mail. If you have any comment on the position currently taken in negotiations, please send him an e-mail before close of business on Monday.
New page added to the CUG
We have added a new page that will only be available to signed in members such as PMAQS's, MAQS's and Firms. The purpose of this page is to provide targeted members with leads that could lead to new business.
This week we publish a call by National Treasury for QS's to become involved in the Cities PPF. Expressions of Interest need to be submitted by 22 September 2014.
To gain access to the page you need to be logged in before clicking on the link in our menu to "Leads to business". You will find it under Resources\Members only CUG.
Mutual Recognition of Professional Competence signed
The official signing of the Mutual Recognition of Professional Competence document between the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) on the 4th September 2014 in Cape Town.
Prof Kathy Michell – President SACQSP and Mrs Louise Brooke-Smith – President RICS
Qualified quantity surveyor members of the RICS (MRICS or FRICS), may be registered as a “Professional Quantity Surveyor” (PrQS) with the SACQSP upon submission of a detailed resume/CV of practical quantity surveying experience and the satisfactory conclusion of a professional interview. For RICS members download the REGISTRATION POLICY for more detailed information. Next registration submission deadline 19th September 2014 – Professional interviews November 2014.
Important dates on the SACQSP calendar:
CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS OF APC DOCUMENTS TO THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE
12:00 Friday, 19th September 2014
LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
Kindly note all Candidate QS's need to submit the 2014 Letter of Undertaking in order to proceed with your candidacy. This document must be uploaded on your profile. Click here for the document.
Research inputs required
Students studying Quantity Surveying sometimes have to complete research projects that require surveys to be completed.
The ASAQS has formulated a policy on how students can be assisted and the SACQSP has also determined that registered quantity surveyors undertaking these surveys may claim 30 minutes in CPD category 2 for each survey completed.
Due to the number of these requests we receive all current surveys and questionnaires will in future be published under "Student Research" below the EduTech Tab in our menu.
To view the current batch please click here We are sure there will be more than one survey that will be of interest to you and with which you can quickly earn some CPD 2 hours!
It's time for our annual salary survey
To all senior Partners/Directors - QS Firms
An annual survey of salaried staff is conducted amongst firms in order to determine the hourly rate for principals, partners, members of close corporations and directors.
As such principals are not necessarily allocated a salary, different categories of salaried personnel are used as a basis, with a factor added in order to arrive at an hourly rate.
Please be assured that absolute confidentiality is assured. As soon as feedback is returned from the firms, this information is handed over to a firm of statistical analysts who are commissioned to capture the information and compute the results to finally arrive at an hourly rate.
Clearly the better the response from the firms, the more reliable and representative the results will become. A special appeal is therefore made to all member firms to please assist the Association with this important survey by setting aside a little time to complete the questionnaire and returning same (preferably in electronic format) to the offices of the Association by no later than the deadline date of Friday 26 August 2014.
L E Feinberg
Please click here to participate in our online survey (Members must be signed in)
Ridding Government Departments of Procurement Fraud to be Applauded
Recent articles in the press regarding possible fraudulent activity in which members of the quantity surveying profession have been implicated is of grave concern to the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession and the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors.
Click here to read more
Netspot : Ratio-nal problems
Marke Corke of Suitegum writes on his blog that some call it the art of business. Others refer to it as business science. Most are confused by it. Not that anybody ever admits to being confused.
It is something that exists in any business, whether we like it or not. If a business owner uses the information, it can be a very handy tool to gain profitability and therefore, greater value. What is he referring to?
Click here to find out what he is talking about.
New courses added to GoLearning
In order to assist you we have added numerous new courses to GoLearning and will continue to add new courseware during the year.
Efficient - available 24/7 - do CPD when it suits you
Affordable - at a fraction of the cost of a seminar
Targeted - do courses according to your needs
Eat into your CPD requirements with GoLearning by clicking here.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF FORTHCOMING CONGRESSES / CONFERENCES
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 :
ICEC 2014 IX World Congress - Re-Engineering Total Cost Management
Milan, Italy, 20, 21, 22 October 2014
Call for Papers - Second Announcement
What you get: :Banner adverts on the ASAQS website (over 1,000,000 hits/month on average!) A Mini-ad on the ASAQS website and on the Weekend Property and Construction News (over 5,300 subscribers) Preferential exposure of your products and services Targeted marketing at only R484.50 (inclusive) per month
Don't wait, we only have a limited number of slots left.
Contact Bert van den Heever the ASAQS Webmaster