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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


New section in the member only resources CUG    

The Edutech Q&A is the latest addition to our CUG. Here members will find answers to some of the questions submitted to the EduTech Centre in recent months.

We trust that you will find the questions and answers of value.

Members are reminded that they need to be signed in on their profile in order to access the answers.


Trade and Investment Mission to Ghana and Nigeria : 17 – 21 August 2015 

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites you to apply to take part in a Trade and Investment Mission to Ghana and Nigeria scheduled to take place from 17 - 21 August 2015. The objective of this mission is to increase trade and investment between South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria. It is an ideal platform for South African companies who would like to export value added products and services and for companies who are looking for investment opportunities in West Africa region.
 
The target sectors for this mission include: 
  Agriculture Agro- Processing; 
  Built environment professionals (consulting engineers, civil engineering contractors, quantity surveyors and architects); 
  Chemicals; 
  Energy (Oil and Gas); 
  Electro-technical, 
  Infrastructure (rail, road and telecoms); 
  Mining and Capital Equipment; 
  Retail and Consumer Goods (Packaging). 

Companies will be screened and selected in line with EMIA guidelines and market requirements, which are explained in the EMIA guidelines document. For the approved companies, the dti will provide: 
  A subsistence allowance of R2,300 per day; and 
  An economy class return airfare to a maximum of R17,000. 

Companies that are not eligible for EMIA funding are welcome to take part in this mission at their own expense. 
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS TO the dti IS THURSDAY 30 APRIL 2015

For EMIA application forms and guidelines, please contact Melitta on melitta@jcci.co.za

First name & surname:
Company name:
Tel no:
Email:


We welcome Alusani Skills & Training Network®

Our latest sponsor may be familiar to many of our members who have attended one of their training courses in the past.

Some of our member may not know them that well so we asked them to tell us a bit more about themselves.

"At Alusani Skills & Training Network® we provide high quality training on all areas concerning quantity surveyors, construction and engineering professionals.

With a diverse Course Portfolio offering a wide range of CPD Accredited training from FIDIC to NEC and the Construction Regulations, Construction Estimating and Effective Project Administration and everything in between.  All of our practical and hands-on training courses zero in on the most critical information and skills that you need to get ahead and stay there!

All of our Course Leaders are subject matter experts in their respective areas of expertise. Our faculty is comprised of a multi-disciplined team of professionals whose qualifications are unparalleled in the construction industry.

This means that their skills, knowledge and experience are derived from their many years in the construction industry. In addition their core understanding of the industry enables them to credibly facilitate all of the training courses
and give expert opinion on complex construction matters.

We have a Level 2 B-BBEE rating and are a Value-Adding Supplier.

Visit our website to view our public course schedule or to find out more about our onsite training solutions.

For more information: contact: faith@alusani.co.za or visit www.alusani.co.za


Opportunity to represent the QS profession on the CBE

The Council for the Built Environment (CBE) established as an overarching Council in respect to the built environment professionals was re-constituted for its 4th term in the later part of 2014.  2 representatives from each profession sit on this Council.

President of the SACQSP, Prof Kathy Michell and a SACQSP nominated PrQS practitioner were appointed by the Honourable Minister as the QS profession’s representative to serve on the CBE council.   Due to a change in circumstance, the PrQS practitioner representing the industry is no longer available to continue serving on the CBE council and has formally resigned.

I attach the original CBE council invitation and member nomination documentation and request if there is any SACQSP registered PrQS willing to be nominated for the remaining term of the 4th CBE Council, failing which the Minister will appoint someone of his own choice.   If you are interested to be nominated, kindly provide me via return email the requested supportive documentation and signed nomination form to be submitted to the Minister.

Regards

Steven Lyons
REGISTRAR – The South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession 
Tel  011 312-2560 / 1Fax 011 312-2562
Email – registrar@sacqsp.co.za
Web  - www.sacqsp.org.za


   

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The issuing of Professional Fee Guidelines 

Acting on the last directive received from the Competitions Commission, the Fees Committee has not madeany changes to the last Fee Guideline and Recommended Hourly Charges as published in 2013. Fortunately, we have not been instructed to withdraw the published Fee Guideline, and it is recommended that reference to these documents, with possible CPI inflationary adjustments, be used until further notice.

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Council News: Identification of Work

The much bandied about term Identification of Work (IDOW) means the description of work to be undertaken by a registered quantity surveyor. As a background, the definition and the work done by a registered quantity surveyor is not defined in the Quantity Surveying Professions Act 49 of 2000 and the task of agreeing activities, competencies and areas of overlaps between the 6 built environment has taken 14 years to resolve to-date (but not quite resolved in respect to project management between the architects and engineers). The matter has been taken up by the Competitions Commission as they felt that the IDOW, if legislated, will exclude persons who are not registered with the various professions (e.g. due to lack of formal education) and will be prevented from making a livelihood.

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New cyber criminals stalking South Africans

Our bookkeeper opened a fax to e-mail and the next minute her computer was hijacked!

To read more please click here.


The RICS Route to Registration

A lot of confusion exists in respect to the need for RICS QS members to register with the SACQSP, to read more about it click here.


Presidential tour coming to an end

To read more about the presidential tour please click here


Council News : The Annual Registration Fee Increase

Every registered person should have received their annual SACQSP registration invoice via email onthe 27th January 2015. Fees are payable annually in advance by the 31st March of the year. Just a reminder that failure to pay your annual fees by the 30th May of the year will automatically trigger the accounting system to raise a “Late-payment” penalty that will be invoiced to you via email as a separate item. We get inundated by persons who get this late-payment penalty invoice who thought that their employer had paid the account. The SACQSP, per the Act 49 of 2000 registers and invoices individuals only. It is your responsibility to ensure that the payment is made either by yourself and claimed back from your employer, or the invoice received is passed on timeously to your accounts department for payment.

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How will the BBBEE negotiations effect your business?

If you are a Built Environment Professional (BEP) or Contractor then please download and read this document prepared for you by the ASAQS as the contents will have a direct impact on your business.

ASAQS recently published a document entitled "Official Report and Update Regarding the BBBEE Negotiations for the Construction Sector" on the web. The document was also e-mailed to all members as it contains information critical to all BEP's and Contractors doing business in South Africa.

If you have not, as yet, studied this document then please do so by clicking here to download it.

Please take the information as stated through this communication and utilise it in consultation with your BEE agencies to better understand the implications this will have on your business. 

Members of the ASAQS are urged to send any comments that they wish to make to the Executive Director. Your comments will be highly appreciated and will be treated with utmost confidentiality.  Your input will be crucial to determine how our members feel about the current status of the negotiations.


QS starts listing portal for built environment professionals

Jannie Lubbe, who recently launched www.helpmebuild.co.za says that; ' ...as a registered Quantity Surveyor i have struggled with getting my name out there and could not find a platform that really catered for my need to be a visible entity in the era of modern advertising (Facebook, Twitter, etc). By making use of www.helpmebuild.co.za I believe I have created the platform to assist all professionals in the built environment in getting there. 

Click here to read more
or
Click here to get your practice listed.


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


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 :


ASAQS/SACQSP CONFERENCE 2015
BLOEMFONTEIN
15th – 16th October 2015

15th October 2015 (07:00 - 10:00)
Registration and welcome
15th October 2015 (10:00)
Keynote speakers • Parallel paper presentations • Conference dinner
16th October 2015 (08:00 - 17:00)
Keynote speakers • Parallel paper presentations • Awards and closure

Click here for the conference flyer

The Ninth Built Environment Conference will be held in Durban from 30 May - 2 June - 2015

ASOCSA 2015

FOURTH CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE
PORT ELIZABETH
SOUTH AFRICA
29 NOV. – 1 DEC. 2015
Authors are invited to submit abstracts in English of not more than 200 words for peer review by the scientific and technical committee by not later than 31 March 2015.
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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