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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.


National Treasury and ASAQS / SAICE Moderation of the Presidents Private Residence in Nkandla 

On the 21st July 2016, a letter was sent to all members of the ASAQS explaining the role that the Association played in assisting the Honorable Minister Pravin Gordhan of the South African National Treasury by moderating a matter of the highest priority – This matter being the Constitutional Courts decision regarding Nkandla and the final costs for specific building upgrades that were to be borne by the President.

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SCM Treasury Circular - Organs of State to pay within 30 days of receipt of a valid invoice

National Treasury has developed measures to resolve non-payment of suppliers exceeding 30 days from presenting a valid invoice to the relevant Organ of State.

Recently a SCM Treasury Circular was sent out to inform Accounting Officers (AOs) and Accounting Authorities (AAs) of Departments, Constitutional Institutions, Public Entities listed in Schedule 2 and 3 to the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) of the procedure that must be followed to assist Suppliers/ Creditors in facilitation of payment exceeding 30 days from the date of submitting a valid invoice to the relevant Organ of State.

A call centre has been set up to deal with transgressors. The Call Centre has been activated and operates on an e-mail system.

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The African Smart Buildings Summit 2016 

11-12 August 2016 - Cape Town 

The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors Partners & members SAVE 15%! Register today!

Are you ready to embrace and enable Smart Buildings in Africa?

The African Smart Buildings Summit 2016 will provide key insights into emerging trends, as well as the
best practice approaches needed to meet smart building design and efficiency objectives and integration
in Africa.

Click here to find out how to save 15% when you register before 1 August 2016

Do you think that discounting fees is impacting negatively on the profession?

We have recently published some new student surveys. One survey, aimed at managers and directors of QS firms, has as it's research title "The impact of discounting fees on the Quantity Surveying Profession

Please click here to view the other equally interesting research topics.

Remember that you can claim 30 minutes of CPD Category 2 for each survey completed.

The cost of building green 


The establishment of the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) in 2007 introduced a period of increased awareness and education in the South African built environment regarding the green building movement. With this emerged the perception that green building attracts a significant cost premium when compared to conventional construction.To address this concern, the Cost of Green Building Study Committee was established in 2014.

The purpose of the committee was to conduct research on the cost of green buildings constructed in South Africa and to determine the costs and trends associated therewith.

The committee comprised of selected members from the GBCSA, the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) and the University of Pretoria (UP).

Today, we are proud to say that the research has been thorough, the outcomes have been peer reviewed and validated, and the results are highly relevant to all in the built environment.

For this, we extend a vote of appreciation to all who have been involved in a most meaningful process.

The publication of this first edition GREEN BUILDING IN SOUTH AFRICA – GUIDE TO COSTS AND TRENDS booklet, is envisaged as the first of many to come. We anticipate it being a regular and sought after publication that will keep the built environment updated on green building costs and trends.

Please download a copy of this commemorative edition with our best wishes.

Please click here to read the full press release.

GBCSA 2016 I ASAQS 2016

CBE invites BEP's to apply for appointment as mentors/assessors

The CBE wishes to invite qualified registered built environment professionals to apply to be appointed on our database for a period of three years to serve as mentors /assessors to monitor/assess the professional development of CBE candidates in the structured candidacy programme in all nine provinces. The purpose of this is to ensure that candidates are provided with learning opportunities that help develop professional skills and learning opportunities to promote professional growth and individual achievement; thereby ensuring that candidates register as professionals in the minimum time periods laid down by the six councils for the professions.

Attached is the advert as well as the Terms of Reference with the various appendices that prospective mentors need to complete and return with their application.

The closing date for the submission of applications is the 25 July 2016 at 11:00

Construction sector needs to familiarise itself with the latest edition of the JBCC Suite of Contracts, says Alusani® Course Leader

The JBCC Suite of Contracts are some of the most widely used contracts within the South African construction industry. The various agreements that make up the suite of contracts have become the agreements of choice for many building projects.

Edition 6.1 of the JBCC Suite of Contracts, however, is considerably different from its predecessor. This edition sees the entire format of the contracts change with the Principal Building Agreement, reduced from its previous 40 clauses to only 32 clauses. JBCC Course Leader at Alusani Skills & Training Network®, Steve du Toit, says there has been a large demand from industry for training on the latest edition.

“The format of the agreements has changed substantially. The definitions and clause headings have been changed so the agreements look very different to one another. People tend to stick to what they know, which has led to a number of contractors and companies still doing work based on Edition 5. If a project started before Edition 6 came out, then it is understandable that this version of the agreement is still being used, but people within the construction sector need to familiarise themselves with Edition 6 as soon as possible,” says du Toit.

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Tender Scam

Numerous consultants have received invitations to obtain tender documents for the "Modderfontein New City" project.

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Interbuild Africa - Your free ticket here!

7th - 20th  AUGUST 2016
Expo Centre Nasrec,
Johannesburg, South Africa
9AM - 5PM (Wed - Fri) | 9AM - 3PM (Sat)

Please click here to download your free digital ticket

NOTE: Click on the link contained in the ticket or click here to pre-register online.

On the 18th August, EduTech in association with the RICS, will present a one day workshop (6 CPD hours) on mediation at Nasrec.

The one day Mediation - Dealing with Disputes in Construction workshop is designed to educate, enlighten and empower delegates. The training provides you with a broad understanding of what mediation is, how it fits into the dispute resolution spectrum and how it can be used as a powerful business tool to resolve disputes. The training is open to those who are new to mediation, as well as those who wish to refresh their skills. 
Topics include communication & listening skills, the mediation process, confidentiality, neutrality, ethics and roleplays.
Delegates that have completed this training find the highly interactive programme practical enough to immediately apply the learnt mediation skills into their existing roles. A certificate will be issued to all delegates on completion of the workshop.

Click here to register for this workshop which is priced at only R 1,250.00 (excluding VAT) for members.


Africa Property Investment Week


Attend the most noteworthy platform for learning about real estate investment in Africa. This is a stand-alone opportunity to discuss current trends, share industry experiences and enjoy insightful debate.

Africa Property Investment Week takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre on the 18th and 19th August 2016.

Members of ASAQS get a whopping 20% discount if they register by clicking here and use the code API_20 in the ID Code field, to receive the discount.

Formidable Challenges Facing Quantity Surveyors, New ASAQS President Warns 

The quantity surveying profession is facing formidable challenges in future, Dr Stephan Ramabodu, the new president of the Association of SA Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS), has warned.

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PSM Workshops 2016
In response to popular request, we have moved the Pre-Exam Workshops
scheduled for Saturdays to Thursdays - Please click here to find out more

ASAQS' Educational Arm Ensures That S.A. Quantity Surveyors are 'World Class' 

EduTech, the educational arm of the Association of SA Quantity Surveyors, is playing an essential role in providing educational and technical support to ASAQS members to ensure that the standard of SA quantity surveying is in "world class", Larry Feinberg, executive director of ASAQS, has stated.

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National Treasury Standard for Infrastructure Procurement and Delivery Management (SIPDM)

The 1st July 2016 marked an important milestone in the separation of the supply chain for infrastructure procurement and delivery management from that for general goods and services for all organs of state.

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Dealing with “functionality” and “quality” in the evaluation of tender offers 

What does the SIPDM say?

Members who heard the past-president, Bert van den Heever, talk on "Working our way into oblivion" will remember that he said that a major problem in the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) was that it did not clearly deal with "quality" versus "functionality".

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Quantity Surveyors need to concentrate more on Life Cycle Costing, ASAQS Congress urged 

There is alarming ignorance among quantity surveyors, and apathy and resistance from building owners and developers, about Life Cycle Costing - a concept that will become increasingly important as the Green Building revolution sweeps the world.

This cautionary message was spelt out by Dr Hoffie Cruywagen, of the University of Pretoria's Department of Construction Economics, in his address to the annual congress of the Association of SA Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) held in Midrand recently.

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Quote of the week 

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

John F. Kennedy


2016 Kenneth K. Humphreys Young Student/Practitioner Paper Award competition 

01 August 2016 – Closing date for submission of entries to the ASAQS - entries may be e-mailed to the Executive Director of the ASAQS at

The winners will be announced at the ICEC World Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ( )

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Have you missed something? Browse to the News section! 

Think you may have missed something browse to our news section, it might still be there.

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.

  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:

Cape Construction Expo and Conference 

11-12 August 2016
Cape Town

Click here to get a free ticket by pre-registering online 

The 8th Annual Construction Risk Management Conference 

24 and 25 August 2016 in Durban
This conference has always attracted many of Africa’s leading construction and engineering companies to evaluate the risks associated with their global businesses and to design and implement tailor-made risk management solutions. The conference aims to untangle extra-ordinary risks in emerging markets and help develop some strategic options for firms to deal with these risks on the African continent.

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10th ICEC World Congress & ICEC Council Meeting 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 8-12 October 2016

The event is being hosted by IBEC the Brazilian Institute of Cost Engineers (an ICEC member association since 1981). Details can be found on the congress website at: .

The latest announcement from IBEC is also attached.

Quantity Surveying Research Conference

Announcement & Call for papers
Quantity Surveying
Research Conference 2016
Port Elizabeth – South Africa, 19 – 21 October 2016
Organised for
Organisers and Co-ordinators of Content, Papers and Programme

Sea-change: Navigating  the waves of change

Click here to download the Second Call for Papers

Abstracts must be submitted by 13 June 2016

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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.

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