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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.



LATEST NEWS



INTERBUILD AFRICA 2014/ASAQS/SACQSP COMPETITION (FREE ENTRY)
HURRY!!!  THE COMPETITION CLOSES ON 11 AUGUST 2014

The biannual Interbuild Africa exhibition is taking place from 20 – 23 August 2014 at the Nasrec Expo Centre, Johannesburg.

Interbuild Africa is kindly sponsoring a competition in collaboration with the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) and the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP).

All Quantity Surveying students, as well as Candidate Quantity Surveyors registered with the SACQSP are invited to participate in the competition with a total cash prize of R 10,000 up for grabs.

Click here to find out more
​Click here for a copy of this invitation as well as the adjudication criteria




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.

Application for listing on the DPW Supplier Register, closing soon


The Department of Public Works recently invited all prospective suppliers of built environment professional services to apply to be registered onto the DPW database. The Department of Public Works will not do business with any suppliers that are not registered on the database. The closing date for submission is 31 July 2014

Click here for more information

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 : Five travel scams of the week

These days, you can’t travel on either business or vacation and let your electronic guard down. Here are a few popular scams you need to watch out for when travelling overseas

1) Fake Free Wi-Fi Network that you find when you look for access to your business account. It has the hotel's name, but the scammers are listening in on the (company confidential) traffic. Verify with the hotel before logon on "free Hotel Wi-Fi".

2) Fake Software Update where a traveller attempting to set up a hotel internet connection sees an "Update-popup" for a popular software product. Click on it and malware installs. Always update laptops before you leave and never update while you travel.

3) Pizza Delivery Scam where you find a flyer slipped under your hotel door. When you call to order, they take your card data but never deliver because the flyer was a scam. Get food recommendations from the concierge!

4) An ATM Security Team is warning about new ATM skimmers that are almost impossible to detect with the naked eye. Thanks to a slimmed-down profile, the devices sit within the throat of an ATM card slot, capturing data when a traveller slides their card inside. A spy camera then tapes the customer as they enter their PIN number on the keypad. Especially when on the road, COVER YOUR HAND WHEN TYPING IN THE PIN!

5) Late Night Hotel Front Desk Call where you get a call alerting you there is a problem with your credit card and please verify the number. Except it's a scammer who now has your number or perhaps just skimmed your card at the ATM and needs some more info to make a fake duplicate card so they can grab the maximum cash. Especially when you travel, never give out credit card information if you did not initiate the call!

(©http://blog.knowbe4.com/)


Association of Arbitrators Evening Lecture

We have great pleasure in inviting you to an Evening Lecture on
Wednesday 30th July 2014
at
Hackle Brooke Conference Centre
110 Conrad Dr & Jan Smuts Ave
Craighall
Time: 17h00
Cost: R200.00 per person Snacks included. (cash bar available)
OPERATION and ROLES of the DISPUTE BOARD

Click here for more information


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.

What the ASAQS had to say on the issue of how the QS profession should be governed in future...

Your profession is currently controlled by Council who determines the ethics and standards which should be upheld by all practising professionals.Their mandate is in terms of an Act of parliament and their statutory powers are described fully on the SACQSP website.

Various attempts were made in the recent past to change either the powers of Council or how it functions in terms of current legislation.

The Honourable Minister of Public Works has published in the Government Gazette a draft Policy document spelling out the proposed future of the SACQSP. The proposal is to close the Council for the Built Environment (CBE) and absorb it into Public Works. The SACQSP will then in future report to Public Works.

Your Association has written to the Minister. Click here to read more about the standpoint put forward by the ASAQS.


​Presidential Infrastructure Development Plan

Please find attached a copy of a new Act to be promulgated in respect to the Presidential Infrastructure Development Plan.The Registrar of the SACQSP, Mr Steve Lyons, says: "The section of relevance to the QS profession in the Act is clause 8.  It is discerning to note that the make-up of the steering committee makes no provision for a representative with construction budgetary expertise that can be drawn from the QS profession."​


You have very limited time left to comment on two major issues that will impact on your future... the way you work and the way you will determine what you should get paid for that work.​​

Click here to find out more


Quantity Surveyors in 4th spot on the most wanted list!
"It's the government's Top 100 most wanted. These are not criminals. They're the sort of people who are really needed but just can't be found.

This is the "National Scarce Skills List: Top 100 occupations in demand".

The list was released by Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande a week ago. It's a draft and is open for public comment until June 20." Reported The Star last Thursday.

To find out which of the professions are in the top 10 click 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


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
 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.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR ASAQS MEMBERS!

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 sithembile@confco.co.za.

* Note GBCSA members to register via the convention website

ASAQS SPONSORSHIP

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.

Contact Bert van den Heever the ASAQS Webmaster