The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors
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**IMPORTANT–YOUR ACTION IS REQUIRED**
The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors requires your assistance in completing the attached ballot paper.
It is crucial that you please take a moment to assist your association with this imperative project.
*NB- Please ignore this message if you have already completed and returned your ballot paper.
Over the course of the last number of years, the ASAQS has spent much time and energy towards scrutinising and updating 3 essential ASAQS governance documents, namely:
1. The ASAQS Constitution :
2. The ASAQS By-laws :
3. The ASAQS Code of Conduct :
In order that these 3 documents are brought into effect and in accordance with the ASAQS’s existing constitution (please see extract below), it is a requirement that all the members of the ASAQS be requested to cast a vote to either accept these changes (or not). Only the Executive Director will receive and count the ballots by return e-mail.
A special appeal is therefore being made to all members of the ASAQS to please assist the Association with this important ballot by completing the attached ballot paper and returning same (preferably in electronic format) to the offices of the Association by no later than the deadline date of Friday, 30thSeptember 2016. Please kindly note that the required voting fields are “active” and can be completed by you using your computer, directly on the pdf form.
** please note that the form can be automatically sent back to the Executive Directors personal email address using the submit button (purple ribbon) at the top of the form. If this does not appear on your version of Windows / Apple, please manually send it back to email@example.com
Statement by the ASAQS Board
It is the view of the ASAQS Board that all the revisions contained within the proposed new ASAQS Constitution, ASAQS Bylaws and the ASAQS Code of Conduct have undergone a comprehensive, responsible and thorough process of scrutiny. Prior to any changes to these 3 documents being proposed to the ASAQS Board they were thoroughly debated by a board appointed committee comprising of senior members and Past Presidents of the ASAQS, and also been vetted and approved by a firm of attorneys to ensure complete compliance and adherence to the highest standards of good governance.
It is the opinion of the Board of the ASAQS that these 3 documents are now ready to be presented to our members and that a secret ballot be conducted amongst the members of our association (in all categories) to effect the proposed amendments.
It is furthermore the unanimous recommendation of the ASAQS Board that these 3 documents be accepted by both the general and professional membership of the ASAQS.
You may view the current ASAQS Constitution by CLICKING HERE
For your convenience we have pasted the pertinent clauses pertaining to the voting process below.
12.1 Amendments to the Constitution:
12.1.1 All proposals for the amendment of the Constitution shall be addressed in writing to the Executive Director.
12.1.2 If the proposed amendment is supported by the Board or by the signatures of not less than 30 members it shall be referred to a secret ballot of all members. Unless otherwise determined by the Board, such secret ballot shall be held within four months of the receipt of such proposal in the manner determined by the President. The Executive Director shall forward to every member with the ballot paper a statement of the views of the Board on the proposal.
12.1.3 The Constitution shall be amended only if -
184.108.40.206 votes are received from not less than one-quarter of the total number of members; and
220.127.116.11 not less than two-thirds of the votes received are in favour of the proposed amendment; and
18.104.22.168 not less than two-thirds of the votes received from professional members are in favour of the amendment.
12.1.4 The terms of any duly approved amendment of the Constitution shall be forwarded to the Minister and the Council.
12.2 Amendment to By-laws:
12.2.1 The Board shall be empowered at any meeting to amend the By-laws; provided that -
22.214.171.124 notice of the proposal to move an amendment of the By-laws be included in the notice convening the meeting of the Board;
126.96.36.199 the amendment must be approved by not less than two-thirds of the members of the Board present at such meeting.
12.2.2 Nothing contained in clause 12.2.1 above shall prevent the Board from holding a referendum in the manner determined by the President on any matters concerning the By-laws.
Executive Director - ASAQS
Association of South African Quantity Surveyors
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What is the latest regarding the ID of Work and Fee Guidelines?
Casting your mind back you will remember that the CBE lodged an exemption application, on behalf of each of the BEPCs, to the Competition Commission relating to the IDoW and guideline professional fees. These exemption applications were turned down by the Commission.
The CBE has just released a media statement explaining what has happened since.
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New FREE Life Cycle Costing App
One of the biggest obstacles to the specification of stainless steel in certain applications, is the misperception that it’s more expensive in comparison to other initially cheaper options. In the short term, that may be the case but a new world-first App from the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) is set to lift the lid on the ‘bigger picture’ - namely stainless steel’s ability to ensure far lower overall life cycle costs (LCC).
Click here to find out more about the app and where to download it.
Michel Basson who headed up the App project at sassda says the following: “With the app you can compare any material to any other material. It is not restricted to stainless steel. As a matter of fact, if you are clued up and make a few assumptions, you can even compare two project proposals over a specific time span. Versatile and like stainless, brilliant!”.
We have added a new section to our menu rail. Under "Resources" we now have a section for "Free resources". This is where you will find free publications such as the Green Building in South Africa Guide to Costs & Trends and the newly published Property and Construction Cost Guide 2016.
Browse around our website, there is a lot of useful information to discover.
Where are the Women?
In celebration of Women’s Month, on the 13th of August 2016, the ASAQS WITS Student Chapter held a Women in Construction High Tea as the first of engaging female students at WITS University with women in both the construction and property sectors; with the notion that women can play an integral role in socio-economic development and the transformation of the quantity surveying profession.
This high tea was attended by over 80 female students from the School of Construction Economics and Management at Wits University and UJ, studying in different disciplines such as Quantity Surveying, Property Studies and Construction Management.
Click here to read the full report from Mahlasela Ramodike and Ronnie Siphika
Quote of the week
Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.
Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
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Latest salary survey just released
The results are based on an annual survey of salaried staff, conducted amongst quantity surveying practices in South Africa. The survey excludes information pertaining to the remuneration packages of the principals, partners, members of closed corporations and directors
The salary survey was conducted in March 2016. Results were extracted from approximately 153 participating firms (some of which operate in more than one province) covering salaries of 654 personnel, compared to 104 participating firms and 532 personnel in the March 2015 survey.
We wish to thank everybody who participated in this survey, this is by far the most returns we have received since the survey began.
The salary survey contains some surprising information and we would like to hear your comments on the results. The remuneration gap between QS's with university- and university of technology qualifications seems to have disappeared over the past year. Is this the start of a new trend or is it merely a reflection of more accurate results due to the larger survey sample?
Click here to download your copy.
We welcome Macdonald & Company
Macdonald & Company is our latest sponsor and we welcome them to the fold.
Macdonald & Company is the largest recruiter of professional property staff, and the only recruiter endorsed by the RICS. Their Johannesburg office recruits into Sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on South Africa. However, their global network of offices and shared database ensures that candidates have access to international opportunities, and that clients can attract talent from all corners of the globe. Their 30 year old reputation for providing lasting career solutions is founded on the principals of quality and understanding.
Get a great discount now!
Martin Treadaway of NDTec, one of our longtime sponsors, has notified us that due to the problems they experienced on their web shop during August they have decided to offer some incredible discounts on their products.
They are offering a 30% SPECIAL DISCOUNT until the end of September 2016 when purchasing QSPlus and/or BuilderPlus through their web store.
In order to receive your 30% discount please use the following redemption codes on the web store:
For QSPlus use 070830
For BuilderPlus use BP070830
Martin says that if you wish to pay by EFT then let him know what you are considering and he will follow up with a quote for you with a 25% discount. You can reach him by clicking here.
AFRICA PROPERTY & CONSTRUCTION COST GUIDE 2016
Through their legacy practices, the AECOM AFRICA PROPERTY AND CONSTRUCTION COST GUIDE 2016 (27th Edition) has been published for many years. It is the result of on-going cost research and is made available to clients and colleagues as a service to the property and construction industry. We are proud to know that it became respected within the industry.
We are delighted to share our cost guide for the first time with clients and colleagues through the ASAQS web site. They are encouraged to contact us directly, should they wish to positively contribute to make our publication even more respected and relevant in the future.
AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm. It designs, builds, finances and operates infrastructure assets around the world for public and private sector clients. In Africa, AECOM has offices in more than 20 countries, including Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. With top-level professionals in multiple locations; AECOM understands Africa's specific infrastructure needs, as well as the challenges of working on the continent. Its multidisciplinary teams of award-winning engineers, planners, architects, environmental specialists, economists, scientists, consultants, and quantity surveyors (cost), project- and programme-managers are committed to delivering projects that improve the quality of life of communities throughout Africa, and are within budget.
Click here to download your free AECOM Cost Guide
How to market the QS'ng Profession
By Mahlasela Ramodike
It is no secret that the QS Profession is a profession that is not particularly popular amongst the youth. By youth I am specifically referring to Grade 10, 11 and 12 pupils who are at the verge of carrying the “burden” of having to choose a career path or to establish certain career prospects. How many of them can claim to have QS’ng as an option? - Well, from experience, it seems that not many can make such a submission. This, arguably, is an issue, particularly when considering the future development, and progressive importance and growth of the profession in the Construction Industry- from a broad perspective. Another way to look at this is to ask the question: How many potential Quantity Surveyors have we lost due to the lacking in knowledge about this profession?
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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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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:
ACHASM 'Pre-mortems versus post-mortems: Assuring H&S throughout a project’s stages versus learning by accident' SUMMIT
WESTVILLE COUNTRY CLUB, DURBAN, 10 - 11 OCTOBER 2016
The summit theme focuses on issues and processes related to assurance as opposed to investigation. This focus will include the interface between clients, project managers, construction H&S agents, designers, quantity surveyors, contractors including construction H&S managers and officers, insurers, government, and other stakeholders. The theme was identified due to the increased media coverage afforded the construction industry in terms of ‘accidents’, in addition to the incidence of fatalities, notwithstanding the fact that ‘one fatality is one too many’.
10th ICEC World Congress & ICEC Council Meeting
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 8-12 October 2016
The event is being hosted by IBEC the Brazilian Institute of Cost Engineers (an ICEC member association since 1981). Details can be found on the congress website at: http://www.icec2016.com/ .
The latest announcement from IBEC is also attached.
Quantity Surveying Research Conference
Announcement & Call for papers
Research Conference 2016
Port Elizabeth – South Africa, 19 – 21 October 2016
THE SOUTH AFRICAN COUNCIL FOR THE QUANTITY SURVEYING PROFESSION and
THE ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICAN QUANTITY SURVEYORS
Organisers and Co-ordinators of Content, Papers and Programme
NELSON MANDELA METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF QUANTITY SURVEYING
MAIN CONFERENCE THEME:
Sea-change: Navigating the waves of change
Click here to download the Second Call for Papers
Abstracts must be submitted by 13 June 2016
Click here to visit the conference website
African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit
“Developing Future African Cities”
CTICC Cape Town - 2-3 November 2016
25% Discount offered to ASAQS Members. This event is accredited by the ASAQS with 9 CPD hours in Category 1.
Click here to download the final program
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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