The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors
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The role of quantity surveyors in war on corruption
Johannesburg - Quantity surveyors could help stamp out corruption, the industry’s professional body announced.
Larry Feinberg, the executive director of the Association of SA Quantity Surveyors (Asaqs), said the association had already issued a warning that the tendency to omit cost-controlling quantity surveyors from public sector projects could lead to spiralling construction costs and would encourage corruption.
“We are, therefore, gratified to note that the Ministry of Finance has included quantity surveyors in the team appointed to investigate the costs relating to the recent Constitutional Court finding on the Nkandla project.
“But it is imperative that the services of credible and responsible quantity surveyors be employed right at the outset of any major public sector project so that costs are controlled and potential corruption avoided from the outset of any project,” he said.
Feinberg said as long as the costs of construction projects in South Africa were not professionally verified and controlled, each one would pose a threat to the economic welfare of the country.
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ASAQS Wits Student Chapter
On the 13th of April The ASAQS Wits Student Chapter held a seminar uncovering the Opportunities of a Quantity Surveyor in various sectors at the University of the Witwatersrand, WSS3; with highly respected key note speakers from numerous sectors, namely:
- Stephen Carr – Quantity Surveying in Mining (Cubit Quantity Surveyors)
- Nonku Ntshona – Quantity Surveying in Property Development (Nonku Ntshona and Associates)
- Makhotso Lengane – Quantity Surveying in Law (Webber Wentzel), and
- Patience More – SACQSP
As at 31 March 2015, The South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP) had registered 1807 Candidate Quantity Surveyors and 1936 Professional Quantity Surveyors (PrQS’s). The Council Representative highlighted that these results are attributed to the lengthy processes associated with registering as a Professional Quantity Surveyor and a lack of knowledge about the profession.
Nonku Ntshona - an African female entrepreneur- founded a QS consultancy in her backyard with no employees. She highlighted the importance of networking from an early stage as well as taking the initiative to approach your superiors for more work and experience.
Makhotso Lengane stated that the technical knowledge/perspective of a Quantity Surveyor is of much importance during the process of drafting contractual agreements. As such, Quantity Surveyors help the lawyers interpret the “technical information” and translate it into simpler language.
Click here to read the full report with photos taken during the event
(Thank you to Ronnie Siphika, the reporters Colleen Chauke and Reshoketsoe Sebela and the Editor, Mahlasela Ramodike for supplying us with this report)
Election : ASAQS Chapter Representative of the Board
Invitation are now open to nominate a candidate or candidates amongst the PMAQS and MAQS members of The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors for election as Chapter Representative members of the Board for the period 06.06.2016 to 01.06.2018.
The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors has adopted an outward looking policy with the objective of positioning the Quantity Surveying profession at the forefront of the construction industry. The men and women who represent our profession at Board level should be perceived as dynamic, business-orientated, adaptable, able to accept challenge and capable of sharing a vision of the future of our profession in a country where rapid change is the norm.
The nomination forms are available here.
(Thank you to Ronnie Siphika, the reporters Colleen Chauke and Reshoketsoe Sebela and the Editor, Mahlasela Ramodike for compiling and making this report available to us.)
ASAQS calls on Government to follow the example set by the Nigerian government
Mr Larry Feinberg, executive director of ASAQS, was recently quoted in the Construction World magazine as saying that the South African government should follow Nigeria's example by employing reputable quantity surveyors to stamp out corruption and inflated construction costs in the building industry.
He said that: "The government of Nigeria - which has one of the highest building costs in the world – has formally asked quantity surveyors in that country to join the campaign to stamp out corruption, particularly in the local construction industry."
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Competitions Commission rejects SACQSP'S IDoW & Guideline Tariff of Fees
The Registrar of the SACQSP, Patience More, wrote to all registered quantity surveyors on the 31st of March to inform them that:
"The South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP) was established by Act 49 of 2000 (the Act). Its statutory mandate provides for the registration of professionals, candidates or specified categories. One of the SACQSP’s powers is to “take any steps it considers necessary for the protection of the public in their dealings with registered persons, for the maintenance of the integrity, and the enhancement of the status of the quantity surveying profession.” Section 14 (g) of the Act refers."
One of the ways (per Section 34 of the Act) through which the SACQSP protects the public in their dealings with registered persons, is to “determine guideline professional fees and publish those fees in the Gazette”.
In due course, the CC advised the SACQSP and the other BEPCs that publication of an IDoW policy and a Guideline Tariff of Professional Fees contravened the Competition Act and therefore, to permit publication of those documents, each BEPC would be required to apply for exemption from the terms of the Competition Act.
To read the rest of her message please click here.
New Preliminaries now available
The EduTech Centre recently sent out an urgent notification to ASAQS members related to the implications of certain provisions/clauses in Edition 6.1 of the JBCC Principle Building Agreement and the suggestions offered to address same by the ASAQS Preliminaries Committee.
Since then, the Preliminaries Committee have been hard at work to rectify the situation and presented us with a set of new documents this week. I wish to record my heartfelt thanks to the extended ASAQS Preliminaries committee, under the able guidance of Dr. Corné de Leeuw, for their support, dedication and individual efforts that were required to quickly compile these new documents.
The new ASAQS Preliminaries - February 2016 (In PDF format), ASAQS Preliminaries - February 2016 - Bill No 1 (PDF format), ASAQS Preliminaries - February 2016 - Bill No 1 (WinQS Version) are now available from the Firms only CUG.
Bert van den Heever
President ASAQS 2015/2016
PS - Downloading the new Preliminaries requires that you sign in with your firm's ID and password as this document resides in the Firms Only CUG. Many members still write to us complaining that they cannot download new documents, not realising that they are required to sign in on their firm's profile should they wish to download documents from the Firms Only CUG. Documents that reside in the Members Only CUG can be downloaded by signing in with either your Personal profile or with a Firm's profile. Please click here for a full explanation.
The Presidential tour resumes in May with visits to Polokwane, Kimberley and Cape Town.
During April, Bert and Larry visited Nelspruit and Durban.
Bert's talk, entitled "Working our way into oblivion... or tendering for our own demise" illustrated to members the historical development of state procurement from the Constitution to where it soon will be with the implementation of the SIPDM. He also talked at length on the touchy subject of the over-discounting of fees.
This subject has been avoided for too long and in recent months tendering practices has resulted in numerous complaints and problems reported to Head Office.
Please contribute to this research:
Bongiwe Mali-Swelindawo is associated with the City of Cape Town. She completed her Master’s degree Cum Laude and has since decided to develop a Performance Model for the Effective Management of Public Sector Properties as part of her Doctoral studies.
Kindly take some time out to complete her questionnaire ‘on-line’ by clicking on this link.
Stephan Koigi is studying towards a master’s degrees in project management. As part of this degree, he is conducting a research report for a minor dissertation research study. The purpose of this research is to identify the perception of quantity surveyors advising on building specifications to support sustainable building developments.
He has prepared a survey that he would like to administer to quantity surveyors through the ASAQS website and he willappreciate your assistance in doing this quick survey by clicking here.
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ConstructionIT Conference coming up soon
Vaughan Harris, Executive Director of the BIM Institute says that: ..." a successful construction industry is essential to us all and now is the time for us to rethink our quality control systems for us all to benefit from high quality information technology that is constructed and developed efficiently for a construction environment. At its worst the South Africa construction industry displays poor standards and lack sustainable development. But, there is no doubt that substantial improvements in quality and efficiency are possible. Indeed, these systems are vital if the industry is to satisfy all its players and reap the benefits of becoming a proud nation once again. The BIM Institute wishes to see the dramatic improvements by helping deliver the standards and requirements of the Building Information Modelling Strategy for Africa and promote the software and IT processes and standards required to strengthening South Africa’s construction industry for the future of any construction project implementation and beyond. Click on the image to find out more...
GCC 2015 revision enables contractors to cease work due to non-payment says Alusani® Course Leader
The GCC 2015 revision remains widely unpublicised, but there are a few key changes that can have a large impact on the negotiation power of contractors when doing business in the construction industry.
The upgrade to the contract, which is largely used by state-owned entities, was necessary due to the fact that there were a number of grey areas that needed clarification. GCC Course Leader at Alusani Skills & Training Network®, Steve du Toit, says that the most significant revision to the contract is a clause that gives contractors the right to suspend work on current projects if they are not paid.
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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.
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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 :
Quantity Surveying Research Conference
Announcement & Call for papers
Research Conference 2016
Port Elizabeth – South Africa, 19 – 21 October 2016
THE SOUTH AFRICAN COUNCIL FOR THE QUANTITY SURVEYING PROFESSION and
THE ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICAN QUANTITY SURVEYORS
Organisers and Co-ordinators of Content, Papers and Programme
NELSON MANDELA METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF QUANTITY SURVEYING
MAIN CONFERENCE THEME:
Sea-change: Navigating the waves of change
Click here to download the Call for Papers
Abstracts must be submitted by 11 May 2016
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