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The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors

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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.


Beware of this malicious scam

Please ignore any e-mail you receive with "Bid Invitation For Steyn City and Waterfall Phase 2 Development" as subject matter.

The e-mail tries to solicit a huge tender deposit from consultants, contractors and suppliers and is purported to have been sent by Henning Development.

Henning Construction and Development is aware of this malicious scam and have taken precautionary steps to avoid this in the future and have also initiated a proper investigation into the matter.

Their advice is to ignore this email and not to engage with the individuals who sent out this malicious e-mail in any way. 

Quantity surveyors support value engineering

"For those in the construction industry the term quantity surveyor is commonly known. But, a quantity surveyor's function is not always understood. To illustrate the value of this key function we take a look at green buildings."

What it means to be a QS, value engineering and going green all covered in this article by ASAQS executive director, Larry Feinberg.

Something you should not miss

EduTech is currently presenting a course on "Economic Viability Studies and Reinstatement Valuations".

This half-day course provides an informed approach to conducting economic viability studies for commercial property investments by looking at the methods to be employed, the different types of financial viability analyses, and the essential sections that make up a comprehensive report.

The course was presented in North-West on the 7th October (see pictures below).

The course will be presented in Midrand and in the Border region during November. To find out when the course will be in your area please click here.

 CPD in North-West  North-West CPD attendees

We need your vote

Ballot formThe 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 toeither accept these changes (or not). Only the Executive Director will receive and count the ballots by return e-mail.


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 offices of the Association by no later than the deadline date of 
Friday, 30th September 2016.


** please note that the ballot form must be manually e-mailed back to the Executive Director’s personal email address:

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 thereceipt 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 - votes are received from not less than one-quarter of the total number of members; and not less thantwo-thirds of the votes received are in favour of the proposed amendment; and 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 - notice of the proposal to move an amendment of the By-laws be included in the notice convening the meeting of the Board; 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.



Larry Feinberg
Executive Director - ASAQS
Association of South African Quantity Surveyors
(W) -011 - 315 - 4140
(F)- 011 - 315 - 3785
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We welcome Construction Computer Software (CCS) as a sponsor of the ASAQS

Since 1982, Construction Computer Software (CCS) has focused on dedicated software solutions specifically designed for the Construction industry, servicing more than 14000 users in over 50 countries.

Cornell Brits of their Centurion office says: "We pride ourselves on the service we deliver and our systems are continually being developed and upgraded to comply with changing conditions in the industry. Our new Quantity Take-off (QTO) is part of our new development and has been recently released to meet industry and our user requirements.

Our QTO system is used by professional quantity surveyors, architects, project managers and contractors to measure off electronic 2D and 3D drawing formats with an added benefit of full integration with the BOQ in our Candy Estimating, Planning and Project Control software. This seamless integration with the Candy BOQ eliminates the need to do manual input or export to excel and will dynamically update quantities in the Candy BOQ to save you time, increase accuracy, and eliminate measurement errors."

Is an online sale agreement for a house valid?

“I am in the process of purchasing a house. I recently bought my vehicle by merely signing some online documentation electronicially and it was so quick and easy to complete. I asked my estate agent if you can use the same technology to purchase a house, but he said that the contract won’t be valid if I sign it electronically. Is this true?”

Legally binding electronic transactions and the use of electronic signatures have been increasing in prevalence since the promulgation of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act of 2002 (“ECT Act”) which regulates electronic transactions in our country. As the ECT Act allows for the use of electronic signatures in our daily business dealings, it is important to understand what an electronic signature is and when such can be validly used and be legally binding.

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Please assist in this research

Shoayb Loonat, a fellow quantity surveyor, is doing a Masters in Business Leadership and is asking fellow consultants and clients in the Built Environment for a few minutes of their time

Research Title: The Extent Of Use Of Risk Management Techniques In The Construction Industry
Target Population: Consultants and Clients in the Built Environment
Survey Link:

Postponement - ASAQS Student Conference: 06/10/2016

Following the ongoing protests at WITS campus and considering the safety of the students, ASAQS members and keynote speakers, it has been decided to postpone the ASAQS Student Conference which was scheduled to take place on the 06th October 2016 at Olives and Plates, Wits University, until further notice.

Newer construction contracts promote better collaboration, says Alusani® Course Leader

Where many construction contracts promote an adversarial relationship between the contractor and the client, the NEC3 ECC promotes a partnership of collaboration, says Cameron Staude Alusani® Course Leader.

“The NEC3 is still a relatively new contract, especially in the South African construction environment. Many companies are still a bit apprehensive about using it because it is quite different to the GCC and the JBCC contracts that the majority of built environment professionals have been using in the past and that many are still using today,” says Staude.

Click here to continue reading...

Invitation: Assessment of Candidates’ Reports and Membership of APC Interview Panels

The Council seeks the assistance of registered Professional Quantity Surveyors in good standing in the performance of its statutory mandate prescribed in Section 19 (2)(a)(i)(ii) of the Quantity Surveying Profession Act 49 of 2000.

The pool of SACQSP Assessors of Candidates’ reports / records of professional experience and APC Interview Panel members is shrinking.

Decreasing numbers of dedicated participants in these spheres of Council activity may delay the promotion of competent Candidates to PrQS status, thereby limiting the Council’s prospects of meeting its registration transformation targets.

Click here to view the requirements and continue reading.

Resources re-vamp 

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.

Quote of the week

Whoso neglects learning in his youth,
Loses the past and is dead for the future.

Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC)

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.

Click here for the full article and to download a free copy


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.

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Have you missed something? Browse to the News section!

Think you may have missed something browse to our news section, it might still be there.

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:

ACHASM 'Pre-mortems versus post-mortems: Assuring H&S throughout a project’s stages versus learning by accident' SUMMIT


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’.

Summit Flyer
Summit Programme
Registration Form

Quantity Surveying Research Conference

Announcement & Call for papers
Quantity Surveying
Research Conference 2016
Port Elizabeth – South Africa, 19 – 21 October 2016
Organised for
Organisers and Co-ordinators of Content, Papers and Programme

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.

Contact Bert van den Heever the ASAQS Webmaster


While the ASAQS aims to ensure that its publications represent best practice, the ASAQS does not accept or assume any liability or responsibility for any events or consequences thereof that derive from the use of documents or any other materials, software or resources as they are only intended to provide general guidance to those who wish to make use of it. Such publications, software or resources are provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied including but without limitation to warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement.