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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.


QS Students from UCT represent SA in an international competition

The CIOB’s Global Student Challenge has reached the stage where the six teams who have qualified for the final have been identified. These teams are invited by the CIOB to attend the final starting 9th July at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Hong Kong. The final coincides with the CIOB’s Members Forum which will provide the Finalists with a varied, interesting and exciting experience where they will meet and engage with many senior Fellows of the CIOB and industrialists. This is great platform on which to plan a career.

The Global Student Challenge offers students a chance to learn skills to stand out from the crowd as well as an opportunity to compete head to head in Hong Kong to win mentoring from industry leaders and CIOB Past Presidents. The challenge is open to students based anywhere in the world on a built environment Bachelor’s degree level course.

We are extremely proud that team "Prestige Worldwide" from the University of Cape Town, comprising Brendan Ardagh (BSc Honours in Quantity Surveying 4th year); Alain Alexander (BSc Honours in Quantity Surveying 4th year); James Myburgh (BSc Honours in Quantity Surveying 4th year); Courtney Meyer (BSc in Construction Studies 3rd year) will be representing South Africa at this prestigious event.

UCT 2016 Mentoring Programme

The Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment at UCT has launched the 2016 Mentoring Programme.

This is a distance mentoring programme and contact is limited to a maximum of two email contacts per month, so engineers and architects outside of Cape Town are most welcome to participate. There is no obligation to meet with the student or offer them any kind of employment.

Please find attached the invitation document.

Presidential Tour 2016 

The president of ASAQS 2015/16, Mr Bert van den Heever, delivered a talk to the Western Cape Chapter on the origins and problems experienced with the PPPFA as it is currently written. He also shared his thoughts on the current spate of excessive and unsustainable discounting which is threatening the demise of BEP's in the Chapters that he has visited thus far.

After the ED, Mr Larry Feinberg, updated the Chapter on the initiatives and finances of the ASAQS, the President handed special commendation awards to the members of the Construction Economics Committee of the ASAQS. (See news item below)

We wish to thank Ms Delana Finlayson and her team on the Western Cape Chapter for the warm way in which the President, ED and Incumbent President were received and the lovely evening that we could spend in their company. Their hard work to represent-, and further the causes of he ASAQS, is highly appreciated.

President presents special commendation awards to three ASAQS stalwards

Martin Smith receiving special commendation awardBert van den Heever gave a special commendation award to Martin Smith who led the  Construction Economics Committee in the updating of three documents for the ASAQS.

These documents are:

The Guide to Elemental Estimating 2016

The Guide to the Reinstatement Valuations of Fixed Improvements for Insurance Purposes 2016, and

The Guide to Co-ordinated Economic Viability Studies for Commercial Property Investments 2016

Messrs Patrick Waterson and James Hanley were also presented with awards to acknowledge their work and the outstanding contribution they have made as a committee to the profession as a whole. As a token of the Boards' appreciation these three members were invited to attend the upcoming ASAQS conference; Running with Horses as guests of the Board. The documents will officially be launched during the conference.

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.

Click here to read the full report on IOL



CPD opportunities in Queenstown, George, PE and East London



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)

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."

Click here to read the full report

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NEC contracts provide more equality and better partnerships for contractors
....says Alusani® Course Leader, Coen Snyman

Coen Snyman, NEC Course Leader at Alusani Skills & Training Network®, says that the NEC Family of Standard Form Contracts enables more equality and more collaborative partnerships between employers and contractors. While many aspects of the NEC contracts are still largely misunderstood, the flexibility and mutual benefits that it offers contractors as well as private companies, parastatals and public sector organisations across South Africa, makes it an attractive option for professionals in the construction industry.

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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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  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:

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 Call for Papers

Abstracts must be submitted by 11 May 2016

Click here to visit the conference website


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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