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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.






Through their legacy practices, the AECOM AFRICA PROPERTY AND CONSTRUCTION COST GUIDE 2016 (27th 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 for the first time 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 your free AECOM Cost Guide

Quote of the week

Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.

Jules Renard 

ASAQS accredited CPD courses and events

To view the latest list of accredited courses and events please click here

Two new events are listed at the bottom of this page:

20th Annual Congress of the SA Council of Shopping Centres : Sandton Convention Centre 7-9 September 2016 


African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit  “Developing Future African Cities” :  CTICC Cape Town - 2-3 November 2016

ASAQS members are entitled to discount on both these events.

How to market the QS'ng Profession

By Mahlasela Ramodike

It is no secret that the QS Profession is a profession that is not particularly popular amongst the youth. By youth I am specifically referring to Grade 10, 11 and 12 pupils who are at the verge of carrying the “burden” of having to choose a career path or to establish certain career prospects. How many of them can claim to have QS’ng as an option? - Well, from experience, it seems that not many can make such a submission. This, arguably, is an issue, particularly when considering the future development, and progressive importance and growth of the profession in the Construction Industry- from a broad perspective. Another way to look at this is to ask the question: How many potential Quantity Surveyors have we lost due to the lacking in knowledge about this profession?

Click here to read on 

Alusani news

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.

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Do females earn less than males in the SA construction industry?

What are the barriers that prevent equal remuneration packages between male and female professionals in the South African construction industry?

Students at the University of Cape Town studying towards honours degrees in Quantity Surveying are posing this question for their thesis.

Please take 10 minutes to assist them and earn 30 minutes of CPD 2 in the process!

Research subjects this year cover a very wide spectrum. A student from the NMMU is, for instance, doing research on the silent killers of strategy implementation in quantity surveying firms. Another student is looking at the effect of discounting fees and yet another is looking at the implementation of BBBEE in QS firms.

To view the surveys please click here...

 cidb Best Practice Fee

How many of you know about the proposed cidb - Best Practice Fee?

In a recent communiqué with members, SAPOA says: "The cidb is concluding consultations with the public sector on the magnitude of the cidb Best Practice Fee to be applied to public sector contracts. The cidb now aims to consult with regard to the roll-out of the cidb Best Practice Fee on new construction projects in the private sector."

The proposed fee includes provisions such as:

  • a Best Practice Fee of 0,2% of the total value on the date of award of that project on Grades 7 to 9 (i.e. currently on projects exceeding R13 million);
  • a cap on construction works projects of over R1,0b;  BPF to be paid by the client to the cidb
  • a phased introduction of cidb best practice Standards
  • Standard for Performance Reports for Professional Service Providers (draft)
  • cidb Standard for Developing Skills through Infrastructure Contracts.

Last mentioned standard is a “...collaborative effort amongst the cidb, DPW, DHET and DED. For engineering and construction works, design and build, supply and services contracts, the Standard provides for a minimum contract participation goal of 0,5% of the tender value of General Building (GB) contracts and 0,25% of the tender value of Civil Engineering contracts (CE) to be allocated to workplace training in tender Grades 7 to 9. For professional services contracts, the number of skills development hours shall be not less than the professional fees in millions of Rand multiplied by 150.

It is obvious that some of the suggested provisions have not been properly thought through. A small QS firm that writes about R3 million in fees will have to spend 450 hours on skills development. That is about 3 months at say R1,500.00 per hour or R675,000.00 or almost 25% of their total fee income.

It is said that; “The income derived from the cidb Best Practice Fee will largely be used to provide valueadded services in the construction industry, in line with the cidb’s mandate.”

Please click here to download Notice 639 of 2014 on the cidb Best Practice Fee.

The above forms part of the cidb transformation framework which was presented at the cidb National Stakeholder Forum on 29 March 2016.

If you have any comments on the cidb Best Practice Fee in particular and on the cidb Project Assessment Scheme in general please communicate them to the Executive Director of the ASAQS as soon as possible.

Pricing Building Work - Course at NMMU

The SLP (Short Learning Programme) focus and aims to provide knowledge relating to construction financial matters. This four day course will cover the following content at an introductory level.

  • Develop an understanding of a Building Agreement
  • Basic concepts of pricing techniques and methods
  • Pricing of selected trades / building items (unit rates)
  • Escalation
  • Payment certificates
  • Final accounts

The target group for this SLP is emerging / small building contractors, site foremen or supervisors. Delegates attending the SLP will benefit from being able to have a better understanding how to build-up unit rates and have a broader knowledge in terms of other construction related financial matters. Delegates will also be required to submit small assignments. A certificate of attendance will be given at the end of the course. 

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The ASAQS Gauteng Chapter awards two bursaries for 2016 

The ASAQS Gauteng Chapter was proud to award 2016 bursaries to two outstanding students, based on their previous excellent academic achievements. To find out who received the awards and find out why they chose Quantity Surveying as a profession click here.

Uplifting Municipal Management Skills

The Association of SA Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS)has welcomed the recent announcement by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

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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.

Please click here to find out more

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 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.

Please click here to read the full press release

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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:

20th Annual Congress of the SA Council of Shopping Centres 

Sandton Convention Centre 7-9 September 2016 

This event is accredited by the ASAQS with 10 CPD hours in Category 1. Members of the ASAQS are also given a discount when booking for this conference.

Click here for the draft program

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

Click here to visit the conference website

African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit

“Developing Future African Cities”

CTICC Cape Town - 2-3 November 2016

25% Discount offered to ASAQS Members. This event is accredited by the ASAQS with 9 CPD hours in Category 1.

Click here to download the draft program


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