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LATEST NEWS

Chapter Chairpersons meet in Midrand

The inaugural Chapter Chair Meeting.was held at the offices of the ASAQS on 10 February 2016.

Chapter Chairs 2016
Mr Bert van den Heever, President of the ASAQS presented the Chapter Chairpersons with Certificates in Recognition of the hard work that they put in on behalf of the Association.Seated from the left are: Louis Ferreira (Northern Cape), Tina van der Merwe (Limpopo), Larry Feinberg, Bert van den Heever, Karl Trusler and Christelle Bown (Eastern Cape). Standing from the left are: Herman Schoeman (North West), Sam Mthethwa (Mpumalanga), Delana Finlayson (Western Cape), Wiseman Maqetuka (Border), Cameron Greyling (Free State), Elaine Human (Gauteng) and Yunus Bayat (KZN)

Karl Trusler did a presentation on the vision for EduTech and updated them on progress made thus far, Chris de Wet presented them with his findings regarding marketing of the profession. He explained that research was conducted among quantity surveyors in professional practice as well as those in construction, finance, etc. A marketing strategy meeting is scheduled for 23 February 2015. Chapter Chairs also had the opportunity to meet Jan de Beer, our media consultant and were urged to report any interesting projects that may be happening in their chapters to Jan or Larry.

After lunch further discussions took place during which insights and ideas were exchanged. Larry wrote a short thank-you note this morning in which he said that: "....Through our discussion yesterday we also hope that we have provided you with some insight into the key initiatives that HO will be taking with the exciting EduTech portfolio and marketing QS’s and our profession during 2016. Further and equally important we feel that the forum provided an ideal setting to discuss matters of importance affecting our profession and regions as a whole."

It is envisioned that Chapter Chairs should meet in Midrand at least twice a year and the logistics of this will be discussed at the upcoming Board Meeting on the 15th March as many Chapter Chairs also serve on the Board. 


How to buy well: a short guide to ethical procurement 

Bruce Harpham writes in an article published on ProjectManagement.com that: " Unethical practices in procurement pose significant risks to companies and the public sector. At worst, unethical procurement increases human suffering in developing countries and other situations. In other cases, poor procurement practices undermine hard-won corporate reputations developed over many years."

Please click here to find out what he suggests are the best practices for ethical project procurement.


Report on preventing the collapse of RC structures during construction 

The continuing occurrence of ‘collapses’, both in terms of structure, and support work and formwork, underscore the need for a proactive approach to the addressing of the phenomena. Furthermore, there are ‘better practice’ construction firms in South Africa that subscribe to the concept of continuous improvement and ‘better practice’, and hence their willingness to participate in the study reported on.

Click here to read on and access the report by Prof. John Smallwood


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.

Click here to find out more...

He will be discussing some over subtle changes at the upcoming Alusani® CPD – accredited course dedicated to GCC 2015. The next course will be held on 15 & 16 March 2016 in Durban.


Quality counts when you tender 

 

Click here to view - The Star 29 January 2016


Calling all Unemployed Built Environment Professionals:

The Council for the Built Environment Act, 2000 (Act No. 43 of 2000) establishing the Council for the Built Environment (CBE) was passed by Parliament in November 2000 along with the suite of Acts regulating and establishing the six built environment professions:

·         Architecture,
·         Landscape Architecture,
·         Quantity Surveying,
·         Engineering,
·         Project and Construction Management, and
·         Property Valuation.

Click here to find out more 


QS cost control role vital - but increasingly ignored 

 

In a just-published article in the KZN Industrial & Business News, Larry Feinberg was quoted as saying that, "... there is an alarming tendency, particularly on major government contracts to totally omit the Quantity Surveyor from the professional team."

To read the article please click here


Important notification sent to members

The EduTech Centre 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.

Please click here to view the notification if, for some reason, you did not receive it.

(Access to this information restricted to members only)


RIMS says thank you 

We received a letter from DATO' Sr K Sri Kandan, FRISM, FRICS, FAIQS, president of the Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia thanking us for the day spent as guests of the ASAQS. Click here to read it.


Announcing the Burn Your Bike Challenge

 

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 QS in the blood

Dr Stephan Ramabodu, Vice President of the ASAQS, is on a mission to bolster the role of the quantity surveyor in the infrastructure delivery supply chain he told The Civil Engineering Contractor during a recent interview.

Click here to read on...


Synergy shows the way

Synergy Property Solutions - established in Port Elizabeth in 2006, may be small, but it has quietly been changing perceptions globally about businesses from the Eastern Cape.

Please click here to read on....


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


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 :

NO NEW CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS AT THIS TIME

ASAQS SPONSORSHIP

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