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Change in date of publication: Producer price index (PPI) and Construction materials price indices (CMPI) for January 2018

The PPI for January will be published at 11:30 on 28 February 2018 instead of 22 February as originally scheduled. The delay is a result of system difficulties experienced in shifting to the new PPI basket. The CMPI will be published at 12:00 on 28 February. The Import and export unit value indices will be released on 22 February as originally scheduled.

On 18 January 2018, Stats SA advised the public of an update to the product basket and weights of the PPI. A new set of construction material price indices will also be available. Further information on the changes is available on the Stats SA website (

Stats SA apologises for any inconvenience resulting from the delay.

Your reputation won’t take care of itself

Rodney Weidemann

When publisher Dwight Moody said: ‘if I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself’, he was clearly not thinking of the corporate world, where reputation management remains critical.

Reputation, be it private or corporate, is a concept that is wholly intangible and yet there can be no doubt that a good reputation demonstrably increases worth and provides sustained competitive advantage.

The challenge, of course, is that many organisations are more concerned with hard-edged, day-to-day business urgencies, and sometimes push the importance of a good reputation onto the backburner.

While they might not think about it as much as they should, it is clear that one of the greatest assets a company can have is its good name or reputation.

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In Memoriam John Desmond Nel

PUNCHED AND MUGGED: JOHN DESMOND NEL, aka JACK NEL, QUANTITY SURVEYOR, retired senior partner of Nicholson & Nel, passed away in January 2018, age 89.

Google records: John Desmond Nel, born 10 July 1928, was a South African cricketer who played in six Tests from 1949 to 1957. He played 35 first-class games, top-scoring for his team on several occasions. He then went onto commentating on any matches played at Newlands alongside the greats like Charles Fortune.

Jack was also a past president of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors.

“Punched and Mugged”? How does a title such as this befit a refined gentleman and an eminent QS? Well, let me explain by sharing two anecdotes, as I recall the memory of Jack.

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Quote of the week

Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law, and without justice.


Head Office hampered by service failures

The power outage and Telkom problems that the ASAQS experienced since last Thursday now seems to be resolved.

It has taken a week to resume normal operations and we are truly sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Western Cape Chapter AGM - 16 March 2018

Please note that the 48th Annual General Meeting of the Western Cape Chapter of the ASAQS will be held from 15h00 to 18h00 on Thursday 16 March 2018 at the Belmont Square Conference Centre, Belmont Road, Rondebosch in Cape Town.

Please click here to download the agenda.

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CPAP General Notice

The Construction Price Adjustment Provisions (CPAP) Committee issued a general notice on the 25th January 2018 announcing changes to statistical release P0151 used in construction industry contract escalations. 

The existing statistical release (P0151) will be supplemented with additional Construction input price indices (CIPI) starting with the January 2018 reference period, for publication on 22 February 2018.

To find out more and view a sample of the new P0151 please click here.

Directors’ Sentiment Index Report

IoDSA Report

First issued in 2016, the Directors’ Sentiment IndexTM Report considers the current perceptual position of South African directors on economic, business, governance and directorship conditions. The research was conducted again in 2017 with the purpose of tracking this sentiment and considering changes in opinions from 2016 to 2017.

The report finds that: 

"Whilst the overall mean scores for Economic and Business conditions have improved slightly since the 2016 survey, Governance and Directorship conditions’ overall mean scores remain similar.

The conditions impacting South African directors remain variably perceived by IoDSA members and Non-IoDSA members. South African directors remain more cautious regarding economic and business conditions but more positive about governance and directorship conditions, as they are more optimistic about conditions over which they feel they have greater control."

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Association commends NMB municipality for plan to tackle irregular expenditure

The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality recently announced its plans to address its R11.5bn irregular expenditure.

“We are in full support of the appointment of a Quantity Surveyor as head of Demand Management,” says Larry Feinberg, Executive Director of the ASAQS – Association of South African Quantity Surveyors.

“The municipality got it spot on in stating its reason for going this route as “ensuring value for money in terms of the procurement process”.”

A Quantity Surveyor (QS) is best placed to identify deviations from original tenders in terms of both scope and pricing. As such, they act as the client’s watchdog. In the case of public projects the client is ultimately the taxpayer.

One of the key issues in any public project is to ensure that the tender is awarded to the right contractor at the right price. The training undertaken by Quantity Surveyors allows them to manage the financial and legal processes of a project.

“Professional QSs are also bound by a code of conduct,” explains Feinberg. “If they are found to have contravened the code, they will lose their licence to practice as a QS.”

Let Big Data Work for You

Confronting challenges to become a data-driven organization

Over the past 10 years, big data has evolved from a concept to a reality that companies of all sizes face today. Projects can now easily generate gigabytes or even terabytes of information. Big data not only brings the challenge of managing huge amounts of information, but it also presents an opportunity to improve operations. Many construction companies are looking to transform themselves into data-driven organizations, in which everyone has access to the data they need, when they need it, giving them the ability to make decisions based on accurate information. Contactors face several key challenges in creating and maintaining meaningful data integrations, including:

*  The decentralized nature of construction companies, often by market sector or geographical region

*  Partnering models, which require the ability to share information across company lines

*  The disparate nature of business functions on a construction project.

Though the deck may seem stacked against you, these challenges are not insurmountable if careful attention is paid to your company’s technology road map. There are several guiding principles to keep you grounded in your quest to determine the right software to help you become a data-driven organization.

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Free resources

Readers are invited to explore our ever-growing collection of free resources.

These can be found by visiting the Free resources section listed under Resources on our menu-bar and include several free publications.

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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.

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:

10th CIDB Postgraduate Conference: 25 – 27 February 2018
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Towards a better route to enhanced productivity, performance, and transformation of construction

The conference will be co-hosted by the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) and the  Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT).

This conference has been accredited with 12 CPD Hours in Category 1 by the ASAZQS.

Please click here for details and access to the registration form.

One-Day ACHASM Gauteng 2018 Construction Health and Safety (H&S) Symposium: 12 March 2018

Bytes Conference Centre Midrand

The summit will focus on modern technology in the form of building information modelling (BIM) and its role in H&S, and topical issues such as client baseline risk assessments (BRAs), cost of accidents, H&S culture, medical surveillance, motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) during construction, SMEs / subcontractors and H&S, support work and formwork, and the role of procurement in H&S. Furthermore, the Construction Industry Development Board (cidb), Department of Labour, and the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) will provide an update relative to their industry H&S related mandate. The focus is attributable to media coverage afforded the construction industry in terms of ‘accidents’, and collapses, in addition to the incidence of fatalities, notwithstanding the fact that ‘one fatality is one too many’.

For more information, please click here

3rd Annual BIM Conference  14-15 March 2018

Sandton,JHB,South Africa

“Today’s BIM champions are tomorrow’s industry leaders”

BIM Leadership is needed at this stage of the African BIM rollout. Leaders in every discipline, in every 3D modelled project, every day. South Africa has recently seen a vast uptake in BIM tools and processes, which has promoted the much needed information to not only win BIM compliant tenders, but run BIM projects and transition their companies into digital construction with all its efficiencies and cost benefits through BIM.

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WCPDF Conference – 10 – 11 MAY 2018

Western Cape Property Development Forum’s Annual Conference entitled “Growing Africa’s Premier Destination through Property Development,” taking place between the 10 to 11 May 2018. 

For further details please refer to the web link hereunder.  The conference content is high quality and very relevant and the event is well attended by industry and comes highly recommended.

The African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo taking place 16 & 17 May 2018
Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg
Cape Construction Expo taking place 12 & 13 September 2018
Sun Parks, Grand West, Cape Town

ICEC-PAQS World Congress 18-20 November, 2018
Sydney, Australia at the Darling Harbour Convention Centre.

Grassroots to Concrete Jungle: Dynamics in the Built Environment

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Submission Deadline: Monday 30 April 2018


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