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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.


It's time for our annual salary survey

To all senior Partners/Directors - QS Firms

An annual survey of salaried staff is conducted amongst firms in order to determine the hourly rate for principals, partners, members of close corporations and directors.

As such principals are not necessarily allocated a salary, different categories of salaried personnel are used as a basis, with a factor added in order to arrive at an hourly rate.

Please be assured that absolute confidentiality is assured. As soon as feedback is returned from the firms, this information is handed over to a firm of statistical analysts who are commissioned to capture the information and compute the results to finally arrive at an hourly rate.

Clearly the better the response from the firms, the more reliable and representative the results will become. A special appeal is therefore made to all member firms to please assist the Association with this important survey by setting aside a little time to complete the questionnaire and returning same (preferably in electronic format) to the offices of the Association by no later than the deadline date of Friday 26 August 2014.

Yours faithfully

L E Feinberg


Please click here to participate in our online survey (Members must be signed in)

Ridding Government Departments of Procurement Fraud to be Applauded

Recent articles in the press regarding possible fraudulent activity in which members of the quantity surveying profession have been implicated is of grave concern to the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession and the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors. 

Mr Steve Lyons, Registrar of the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession states that the quantity surveying profession has a track record of strictly ensuring that the public and client’s financial interests in respect to construction projects are properly managed and safeguarded at all time.  He says: “The ethics of the profession is such that we regularly encourage both clients such as Government and private enterprise, plus the registered professionals themselves to report any unacceptable behaviour for the SA Quantity Surveying Council to take strict and decisive action. In this regard, we applaud members of the public and those courageous individuals in the public service who blow the whistle on any fraudulent activity.  

Recent front page reports are indicative of the numerous similar complaints received of project procurement fraud perpetrated in a multitude of National, Provincial and Local government, plus within most of the larger parastatals.  The SACQSP believes that Government would be better served by ensuring that registered quantity surveying professionals are engaged from the commencement of projects. Unregistered ‘professionals’ in these state departments are all too often expected to fulfil the function of a professional Quantity Surveyor.  You don’t rely on a nurse to undertake heart surgery” quotes Mr Lyons.

The Council ensures that all registered persons are assessed and therefore deemed to be competent, are committed to lifelong learning and ethical behaviour. The SACQSP is one of the built environment professional councils who does not hesitate to de-register professionals who do not keep their technical competence relevant and current.  The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors, who ensure that the technical Standards of the profession, are continuously updating and recommending optimal protocols to the quantity surveying community as the built environment evolves. The ASAQS remain on the forefront of ensuring the contractual documentation utilised in the built environment is current and the most appropriate to safeguard the interests of both client and contractor.

 “If money is no object, anyone can manage your project.  But as economic conditions toughen and if you are doing any construction projects from R500 thousand to R50 billion, only a professional quantity surveyor should be considered” says Mr Larry Feinberg – Executive director of the ASAQS.  The 3% - 4% of fees that require to be paid to a professional Quantity Surveyor will often yield savings 2 to 4 times that amount once expert cost management is implemented on your project; it also gives you peace of mind that your project is safeguarded with proper legal documentation and financial safeguards.

When: 10 - 12 September 2014
Where: Cape Town International Convention Center
What: 2 days of inspiring speakers and thought leaders. Great social events and networking opportunities plus pre-convention tours and courses.


Click here to find out more.

How to book: Fill out the attached form for group or individual bookings and send it to our convention organisers: Sithembile Nzama on 

* Note GBCSA members to register via the convention website

Click here for a free e-ticket!

​ASAQS Workshops at Interbuild

ASAQS is presenting a series of 4 workshops at the Interbuild Africa 2014 Expo to be held from 20 to 23 August 2014 at the Nasrec Expo Centre, Johannesburg. The workshops will take place on Friday 22 August, at 8h00, 10h00, 12h00 and 14h00. Members can earn CPD hours by attending any, or all, of the workshop. Each workshop carries a 1,5 hour Category 1 CPD credit.

Attendance is free of charge and open to all. However, members are advised to register on-line on the ASAQS website for each session to secure a seat and for the issuing of certificates of attendance. Members are also advised to pre-register for the expo to avoid queuing at the entrance to the expo. Click here to find out more.

Cape Construction Expo 13-14 August 2014 at the CTICC

CPD points and discounts for Quantity Surveyors at Cape Construction Expo

Cape Construction Expo and the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors are pleased to announce their partnership.

The Cape Construction Expo and Conference, taking place 13-14 August 2014 at the CTICC, is the only building and construction forum exclusively for the Western Cape. The event brings together construction professionals such as, architects, engineers, contractors, local authorities, government officials, investors and suppliers, offering plenty of networking opportunities for the entire value chain. The event features a 2-day conference and an interactive exhibition.

Quantity Surveyors earn CPD points

The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors has validated this programme as a Category One CPD programme and carries a total of 10 CPD hour credits as allocated for each session.

Refer to the programme brochure for further details on the accreditation of the individual sessions. 
Click here to download the brochure

50% discount for
Quantity Surveyors

Members of the Association of SA Quantity Surveyors receive an exclusive 50% discount on the conference registration fee of R4,995.00. Members therefore only pay R2,497.50 for a 2 day pass (Gold Pass). Please quote reference
ASAQS CPD 2014/015 upon registration.

Space is limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis. Register today to avoid disappointment!

DPW procurement of professional service providers

The Registrar of the SACQSP, Mr Steve Lyons, recently enquired on how service providers were appointed by the DPW and received the following answer:

On the procurement of professional service providers:
  1. The roster system has not been practised for some time.
  2. Tenders below R500 000 are advertised in the tender bulletin and the department’s website. Tenderes must be on the department’s data base in order to qualify.
  3. Tenderes above R500 000 are advertised on the tender bulletin and the department’s website. In this instance, however, tenderes need not be on the department’s data base.

​We trust the above clarifies the situation and that it will also be indicative as to whether or not you wish to be included in the DPW Supplier Register.

Netspot : Living in a water tower!

It stood empty for most of the last decades, until local businessman Patrick Mets hired Brussels based architecture firm Bham Design Studio in 2007 to convert the former water tower into an amazing family home. 

Click here to be amazed!


Are you ready – willing to learn more…

"The 7th SACQSP Research conference "Mapping the Future" in collaboration with the ASAQS is being held on Monday 22nd and Tuesday the 23rd September 2014 at the CSIR in Pretoria. The focus of being ready to evolve as a professional is being presented by a number of speakers, both from within the profession and specialist keynote speakers who have been selected to encourage you to embrace change for yoursurvival.
The SACQSP Conferences have evolved through the years from purely academic research, to a blend of pro-active research papers interspersed with pertinent industry speakers. The popularity of these conferences is evident with the “sold-out” signs being posted for last year’s event in Cape Town a week before the event.

This year’s SACQSP conference is being held in association with ASAQS, and is linked to the African Associations of QS General Assembly meeting, with a delegation of between 60 – 80 professionals from across Africa expected to attend." says Mr Steve Lyons, Registrar of the SACQSPClick on the image above to register or download the registration flyer by clicking here.
Anglo American Bursary Programme 2015

Anglo American is looking to award bursaries to excellent performers who will be in their 2nd or 3rd year of study in 2015; students who can balance their studies and involvement in other activities such as campus societies, sport and community organisations. To find out more click here.

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 beginning of January.

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 :

ICEC 2014 IX World Congress - Re-Engineering Total Cost Management

Milan, Italy, 20, 21, 22 October 2014 Call for Papers - Second Announcement


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
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