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.
CANDIDATE URGENTLY REQUIRED FOR WORK IN DURBAN
If you are a candidate with a degree in quantity surveying who is still looking for work we suggest you contact Sigaba Noluvo of MTCC at email@example.com. They need to fill this position by Friday!
QS2000 in Richards Bay are also looking for a young QS with at least 5 years experience and they can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are numerous positions available for young QS's and we urge you to take a look at the positions available by searching for openings in our Career Centre.
WE HONOUR HIS LIFE
Former President Nelson Mandela Fact Sheet (as issued by Department: Government Communication and Information System)
Nelson Mandela State Funeral Update (Statement by Minister Collins Chabane on behalf of the Inter-ministerial Committee for the State Funeral - 08/12/2013)
Dear fellow members, with 2013 behind us, we can now look back over a period of challenges that forced us to revisit how we conduct our business but more importantly what our business actually is.
We are the custodians of the Quantity Surveying Profession in South Africa and it is the only organisation with this goal as its primary focus.
Our membership consists of individuals that chose to be grouped together and we (you, me and us) volunteer to serve on the various committees of the ASAQS.
We have rules (Constitution & Code of conduct) that prevent individuals from acting in a manner that could be harmful to our profession. Each member must firstly adhere to these basic rules of conduct and secondly, report any members they know of that are not abiding by these rules. This will allow us to ensure the moral and ethical future of our profession.
Some of us deliver below industry standard services, have more than one practice per registered quantity surveyor (PrQS), discount fees beyond reason, etc. All these actions are harmful to the greater professional community. While I am governed (restrained) regarding the fee issue we can and will take action against the other perpetrators. We need your assistance with this initiative by reporting those members whose actions are destructive to our profession. Further to this, we want to extend the depth of our database by linking each practice to the individual PrQS who is in charge of that practice as well as the other quantity surveyors in that practice. This initiative will run from Head Office during 2014.
I am passionate about my profession and sincerely believe that you too share in this same commitment. We all deserve a well-earned break and I wish you a blessed vacation with your families and loved ones over the Christmas and New Year period.
President Association of South African Quantity Surveyors
MESSAGE FOR THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ASAQS
May I firstly express on behalf of the ASAQS a special tribute to the dearly departed former president of South Africa –Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela - a peaceful and eternal rest. May the many lessons that he has taught so many remain in our hearts and minds.
The past year has been an exceptionaly busy one for the ASAQS. The launch of our new membership portal through our website has been met with much success and our members are utilising the many features which have been built into the website to view their invoices, communicate with the office and update their details.
Significant improvements to the quality of the data that the ASAQS keeps on our members has been made and 2014 will usher in the start of our latest database project which will be to update the PrQS’s in charge of firms and the management of which these registered firms are comprised. Further details will be forthcoming and made available to our membership during the first quarter of 2014.
The relationship between the ASAQS and the SACQSP continues in a collaborative spirit to the benefit of the profession. The ASAQS and SACQSP will be working towards delivery of a conference next year titled Quantity Surveying – Mapping the Future. The conference is being organised at a time when the profession is confronted with a myriad of challenges emanating from the ever changing socio-economic, technology & environmental challenges. More clients are demanding better services than ever before and Quantity Surveyors are under pressure to deliver to the desired expectations and to prescribed ethical standards. Professionalism is in the spotlight and at a crossroads, given the current dynamics in the industry. The conference brings together industry practitioners, academics, researchers and postgraduate students, to brainstorm on how the profession will influence or be influenced by the environment now and in the future. The conference will deliver a 60% 40% split between academic papers and industry specific topics, workshops and panel breakaway sessions, covering a broad range of specific topics geared for the practitioner doing business in an ever changing business environment.
The Standard System has been tabulated and is available on our website free for our members to download (no changes to original except to the layout). This aforementioned project only tabulated the existing document into the new format. As I write this, the Standard System is now undergoing a complete update and review process by the same committee tasked with tabulating the existing document. The new updated and tabulated version is scheduled for delivery during 2014, and will be published and made available to our industry after a rigorous review process has been completed by all stakeholders. Members may access our Standard System blog on our website to leave comments which the committee will review. Now is the chance to have your say in what changes you would like to see made to the document. We hope you will make use of this facility before it is too late and the work on the Standard System completed.
The Constitution, By-Laws and Code of Conduct have all been reviewed this year. All changes that are being tabled to being made to these documents will be made available to our members early next year. As is constitutionally required, each member will be requested to vote on the changes.
The Guide to Elemental Cost Estimating & Analysis for Building Works 2013 has been completed and is also available for our members to download free from our website.
The ASAQS continues to make an impact and play a significant role on many government forums and panels. Much work continues to be devoted towards ensuring that quantity surveyors interests are represented wherever they are required. Items that continue to be high up on the agenda of the board include among many others – Professional Fees, Competitions Commission, IDT, CiDB, NDPW , The Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC) and the alignment of our construction codes to the generic BEE guidelines that have recently been promulgated.
The ASAQS continues to play a meaningful role in answering technical issues and matters that our members and the public need assistance with. The appointment of an Edutech Director at Head Office will have a huge impact on further developing our educational library, accreditation of CPD, development and publication of practice notes, interaction with industry and the developing of a database of rates (among many others). The Edutech director will play a vital and essential role in returning and enhancing existing technical services and maintaining and expanding upon the comprehensive body of knowledge within our profession.
The fraud investigation that has previously occurred at the ASAQS is now in the final phases of completion and an arrest warrant has now been issued for the perpetrator who will need to account for her actions in a court of law. Both a civil and criminal case has been opened by the ASAQS / SAPS and both cases are being vigorously pursued to their ultimate conclusion.
The ASAQS continues to be representative and proactive at all government and industry platforms. We voice the opinions and interests of our members conscientiously and consistently and the association takes great care and pride in ensuring that the “voice” of our quantity surveying profession is heard. We collaborate, synergise and co-operate wherever we see a possibility of advancing our professional cause. It is only through the continued loyalty and financial support of our members that we are actively able to ensure that the future of our profession remains vibrant and bright.
To all of the ASAQS members, may I wish you a very safe and merry Christmas, and a prosperous new year for you, your families and all your loved ones.
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The North West Dept of Public Works advertise senior posts
They are looking for:
- GIS Technologist
- Electrical Engineer
- Chief Engineer
- Chief Architect
- Chief Quantity Surveyor
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What can I do with a Property Development, Construction Management or Quantity Surveying Degree?
There are excellent employment opportunities for both Construction Managers and Quantity Surveyors because the number of job openings exceeds the number of qualified individuals seeking to enter the occupation. In addition, the sheer numbers, size, and the complexity of construction projects is boosting the demand for management-level specialists.
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CIDB appoints new CEO
The Construction Industry Development Board (cidb) has announced the appointment of Mr Mzwandile (Zwai) Sokupa as its new Chief Executive Officer with effect from 2 December, 2013. The announcement was made by the Board in Pretoria today.
With a Master’s Degree and 20 years of experience in the built environment Mr Sokupa is no stranger to the construction industry. He has charted his career as a strategist and a key player in sustainable human settlements within the City of Cape Town where he has held various managerial positions. He was instrumental to the development of infrastructure for the Department of Correctional Services throughout the country. He is a former lecturer of the University of Cape Town where he taught, conducted research and led social responsibility initiatives.
Welcoming the new CEO the cidb Board Chairperson, Mr Bafana Ndendwa said Mr Sokupa joins the cidb at a critical juncture when the industry was grappling with challenges of collusion, slow transformation and development of the emerging sector. Mr Sokupa’s appointment, he said, brings stability within the cidb, following a number of leadership changes. He said the cidb is a critical driver of Government’s strategy to transform the construction industry for improved performance and contribution to the economy and society. Organizational certainty he said, is critical to the cidb’s effectiveness as the industry leader.
Colin Eglin, former opposition party leader and QS dies in Cape Town
Retired politician and quantity surveyor Colin Eglin has died in Cape Town at the age of 88.
Colin Eglin was born in 1925 in Cape Town, the son of Carl August Eglin and his wife, Elsie May Eglin. He interrupted his studies in 1943 during the Second World War to join the South African Army. He became a full-time instructor in the anti-aircraft unit in Cape Town. He was then sent to a similar unit in Egypt and transferred to Italy. He took part in the South African assault on Monte Sole, after which the Allies broke through to the plains of Italy. After the War he remained in Italy for nine months, waiting for demobilisation. During this period he undertook extramural courses in Archaeology and Town Planning. graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BSc degree in quantity surveying in 1946.
Colin became the leader of the Progressive Party in February 1971. From 1986-88 Eglin was again party leader, following the resignation of van Zyl Slabbert. He was official Opposition leader until 1987, when the right-wing Conservative Party became the official opposition party. Zach de Beer took over as leader of the Progressive Federal Party in 1988. The party merged with other groups to become the Democratic Party in 1989 and then the Democratic Alliance in 2000. Eglin continued to serve in the segregated House of Assembly until it was abolished in 1994 and then in the multi-racial National Assembly in the Parliament of South Africa until he retired in 2004.
We honour his memory.
UKZN desperately need to fill posts set aside for quantity surveyors
UKZN recently advertised vacant posts set aside specifically for quantity surveyors at any of the levels of Assoc Prof / Senior Lecturer / Lecturer. Only two apllications were received, unfortunately neither of the applicants met the minimum criteria qualifying them for an interview. There were no responses from within SA.
UKZN has therefore agreed to re-advertise the posts with a closing date of 29th November. The new advert is attached for your attention.
Young QS represents SA at the International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) 2013
Three enterprising women, under the leadership of Cape Chamber of Commerce, are proudly representing South Africa. Renee Keeble, Nonku Ntshona and Ferose Oaten are all to be recognised for their phenomenal contribution to economy and society on a whole at the prestigious gala award evening.
The Lima, Peru Chamber of Commerce will welcome women entrepreneurs from Africa, Asia, India, Europe and North and South America to celebrate the Seventh Annual International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge Conference (IWEC) November 10-13th.
This year 26 women will be honoured from Canada, Colombia, Bolivia, Spain, Sweden, South Africa, the United States, Peru, Turkey, The Philippines, Bangladesh and India and will recognise successful women entrepreneurs from industries including fashion, electronics, health services, real estate, luxury car hire services, environmental services, retail gift and party industry, BPO, hair and beauty, mining, trading corporation, food management and distribution, vehicle roadworthy stations, law, childcare and education, chocolatier industry, beauty, quantity surveying, entrepreneurial development, wellness, laboratory quality control, electrode production, food and nutrition, cosmetic development and production, commodity marketing, public relations, restaurateur, and many other enterprises.
The firms lead by these women represent a turnover of more than one billion dollars with over 20 000 employees and they will be looking for business opportunities in Peru, which has one of the fastest growing economies in South America.
Nonku Ntshona, Managing Director
Nonku Ntshona & Assoc. Quantity Surveyors (Pty) Ltd
Having qualified as a professional Quantity Surveyor, Nonku’s career blossomed into associate partner at Turner and Townsend. Her entrepreneurial spirit drove her to open up a successful Quantity Surveying practice; Nonku Ntshona and Associates; in 2005.
The business which is growing in strength through her leadership brings to bear her in-depth knowledge of the property development and construction industry.
Her broad range of skills gained from over a decade of experience includes working on prominent development projects in South Africa and the broader African region thus gaining understanding in infrastructure developments in the mining industry, roll out projects in the automotive sector, commercial, retail, residential; mixed use developments and watching brief projects.
Her achievements include being the winner of Young Black Entrepreneur of the year 2010 – Metropolitan Oliver Awards; Finalist for Women in Property Network Rising Star Award 2009 amongst others.
The ASAQS wishes to congratulate Nonku, who is a Board member of the ASAQS on this remarkable achievement.
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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 :
ICEC 2014 IX World Congress - Re-Engineering Total Cost Management
Milan, Italy, 20, 21, 22 October 2014
Call for Papers - Second Announcement
The 18th Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress, PAQS 2014
The 18th Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress, PAQS 2014, will be held in the vibrant city of Hong Kong, PRC from Saturday 7 to Tuesday 10 June 2014. The theme of PAQS 2014 is:
"Think Outside the Box; Meet New Challenges”
It gives us great pleasure to announce that the international call for paper submission is now open. The timetable is as follows:
8 November 2013 : Call for Abstracts
13 December 2013 : Submission of Abstracts Closes
10 January 2014 : Acceptance of Abstracts
14 March 2014 : Full Papers Submission
14 April 2014 : Completion of Paper Reviews
16 May 2014 : Final Papers Submission
For further information about the Congress and the excitements that await you in Hong Kong, please visit our website: www.paqs2014.com. Submission of abstracts and papers will be handled on-line in the website through designated users accounts.
Any enquiries may be addressed to:
email@example.com (general enquiry)
firstname.lastname@example.org (registration / paper submission / hotel accommodation)
Looking forward to welcoming you in Hong Kong in June 2014.
Members are encouraged to plan ahead and to support these conferences/congresses !!
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