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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.


Help a student and claim CPD hours!

If you look under "EduTech" in our menu you will find several links, one leading to a page called "Student Research". Browsing to this page you will find numerous surveys set up by students. These surveys are set up by the students to gather much needed information for the completion of their studies.

You can assist by completing these surveys during your lunch hour. Quantity Surveyors undertaking these surveys may claim 30 minutes in CPD category 2 for each survey completed.

Netspot : What is the profit margin in the SA construction industry?

Wondering what the average profit margin for construction companies in South Africa is I asked Google which then came up with a surprising answer in the form of a preliminary report from STATSSA. Published at the end of 2012 it took the previous year under review and found that it had been a dismal year for contractors. Electrical contractors employed 8% of all construction workers and recorded the second highest profits at 5,2%, far outstripping the average.

It seems that 2011 was at an all time low point though and Engineering News reported that profits in the construction industry peaked during 2009. Those margins must have come down after adjustment for the fines paid subsequently but were still almost double that recorded 2 years later.

I could not find any information for 2012 or 2013 and was wondering whether things improved over the past two years? What do you think?

Click here to take our snap survey and to see what other people think.

New page added to the CUG

We ​have added a new page that will only be available to signed in members such as PMAQS's, MAQS's and Firms. The purpose of this page is to provide targeted members with leads that could lead to new business.

This week we publish a call by National Treasury for QS's to become involved in the Cities PPF. Expressions of Interest need to be submitted by 22 September 2014.

To gain access to the page you need to be logged in before clicking on the link in our menu to "Leads to business". You will find it under Resources\Members only CUG.


Research inputs required

Students studying Quantity Surveying sometimes have to complete research projects that require surveys to be completed.

The ASAQS has formulated a policy on how students can be assisted and the SACQSP has also determined that registered quantity surveyors undertaking these surveys may claim 30 minutes in CPD category 2 for each survey completed.

Due to the number of these requests we receive all current surveys and questionnaires will in future be published under "Student Research" below the EduTech Tab in our menu.

To view the current batch please click here We are sure there will be more than one survey that will be of interest to you and with which you can quickly earn some CPD 2 hours!

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 :

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

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

Client and Designer Lead Construction Health and Safety (H&S)
Johannesburg 23 October 2013

The symposium theme ‘Client and Designer Lead Construction Health and Safety (H&S)’ focuses on client leadership and designer contributions in the construction industry and the interface between clients, designers, and the respective stakeholders in terms of H&S. This focus will include the interface between clients, project managers, construction H&S agents, designers, quantity surveyors, and contractors.

Click on the links to download the flyer and registration form

2nd Annual SACPCMP Project and Construction Management Professions Conference
20-22 October 2014

“Towards growth, development and transformation in the Project and Construction Management Professions”

Click here to find out more about this event


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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