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Message from the Executive Director

Dear ASAQS member,

In a membership organisation as large as the ASAQS, with our thousands of members globally involved in a wide and diverse range of projects and commercial activities no one –not even the ASAQS – can ever hope to see the entirety of where quantity surveyors leave their indelible mark on our world.

Whether we like it or not, our professionand each one involved in our professionis interdependent and all our lives are quite interestingly, for one reason or another, intertwined and directly involved in the QS profession. Our thoughts can no longer afford to be just of ourselves and our own well-being.

What we as the ASAQS can say with certainty, is that there has never been a more significant time in the history of our profession where the demand for a diversified skill set amongst our professionals has been so desirable. In the ever-increasing competitive environments that our professionals are finding themselves, our association is witnessing a growing and pleasing trend towards our QS firms being able to deliver a far bigger suite of services to their clientele than ever before.

Further technological developments will continue to force QS’s to evaluate how to cost-effectively separate themselves from their competitors, and in so doing, provide their enterprise with a competitive edge. Viability studies, property evaluation, life cycle costing, BIM and sustainability costings are just a few of the many services now being routinely offered.

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Office closed for festive season

Please note that the offices of the ASAQS will be closed from the afternoon of the 15th December 2017 and will reopen again on the 15th January 2018.

We wish all our members a peaceful festive season and wish to thank them  for their support during the past year.

Confidence at a low... but there is hope

The following appears in the January/February 2018 issue of Walls and Roofs:

Reports* of construction sector confidence plummeting to a 17-year low should not be the reason for investors and developers to lose complete faith in the industry, according to the Building and Property Economics Committee of ASAQS.

“Low confidence in the construction sector is a cause for concern due to the impact on investment and risk,” says James Hanley, chairman of the committee. “The built environment is however known for being cyclical, and these cycles last approximately three years.”

While sensible business planning and building up reserves in their practices are the standard recommendation during times of high confidence and investment, built environment professionals tend to be at the mercy of the market.

What is needed to smooth out the cycles, are better governmental planning and longer-term infrastructure  commitments that enable the sector to respond and build capacity. “If the past is anything to go by, the industry will start to improve soon,” says Hanley. “The construction industry normally lags the general industry by about six months, so improving conditions in the general economy tend to influence the cycle accordingly.”

The committee also warns against aggressive fee discounting that adds additional pressure to professionals such as quantity surveyors. This practice not only threatens the livelihood of individuals, but undercuts the reputation of an entire sector as a severe reduction in fees can easily create a perception that is disproportionate to the real value of a service.

“Fee discounting is at best a poor business decision, and at worst anticompetitive,” warns Hanley. Professionals who portray low confidence in their own skills through a willingness to undercut standard industry fees are doing more damage to the sector than macroenvironmental factors.”

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* FNB Bureau of Economic Research Civil Confidence Index (indicating the percentage of civil engineering contractors who are satisfied with prevailing business conditions).

Quote(s) of the week

Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.
Winston Churchill

Amended Construction Sector Code Finally Gazetted

Please see the attached notification received from the Minister of Trade and Industry, Minister Rob Davies regarding the Amended Construction Sector Code in terms of section 9(1) of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, (Act No. 53 of 2003) as amended by the B-BBEE Act 46 of 2013.

The Gazette Notice will be published by the Government Printing Works and available to the public on Friday the 08 December 2017. It is important to note that there is no TRANSITIONAL PERIOD provided for in the ACSC. This therefore means that the ACSC will be applicable immediately on gazette.

The Construction Sector Charter Council has issued a statement in this regard, which is also linked in for your attention.

Fortunately, the ACSC does not introduce any substantial changes and/or differences from the version that was published for public comments for 60 (sixty) days in October 2016, except that a number of changes in the measurement, verification and monitoring principles have been introduced.

We urge you to read the above linked attachments to see how the new charter will effect you.

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Semigration, not real growth, may be driving W Cape economy - expert

SA's latest statistics on the value of recorded building plans passed for the private sector may indicate an economic shift to the south of the country, according to Bert van den Heever, past president of the Association of SA Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS).

The reality is that economic growth in the Western Cape could be driven more by semigration (people relocating from other provinces) than by real new economic growth, according to Deon van Zyl, chair of the Western Cape Property Development Forum.

"What is desperately needed is investment that will lead to job creation. Property development remains a bellwether industry, reflecting the economy at a point in time. Investment is a direct response to confidence,” commented Van Zyl.

Click here to read the rest of the article on Fin24

Latest RICS journals now available

Building Surveying Journal

The latest Building Surveying Journal December 2017 – January 2018is available from the RICS website.

Barney Hatt, the editor says: " In this issue, RICS Global Building Standards Director Gary Strong reviews our own policy initiatives since the (Grenfell Tower) fire, including plans to develop an international standard on fire safety and a government-backed national register of fire risk assessors with other organisations.

Elsewhere in the edition, we take up the theme of dilapidations, with Paul Spaven reporting on the RICS Dilapidations Forum Conference, Jon Rowling clarifying the meaning of supersession and Vivien King looking at RICS’ dilapidations disputes resolution scheme.

In other pieces, William Glassey and James Morris consider the RICS Conflicts of interest global professional statement, encouraging members and regulated firms to have appropriate procedures in place by 1 January, James McAllister and Stuart Frame unpick the complicated context in which surveyors operate when they offer legal advice, Trevor Rushton scrutinises the performance of cladding systems, and Laurence Cobb weighs up the pros and cons of insurance-backed guarantees."

ASAQS Salary Survey 2017

The salary survey was conducted in March 2017. Results were extracted from approximately 158 participating firms (some of which operate in more than one province) covering salaries of 802 personnel, compared to 153 participating firms and 648 personnel in the March 2016 survey.

Less than half of the salaried personnel (45.2%) surveyed amongst the participating firms had less than 5 years’ experience, while 66.7% had a university qualification.

The survey is available here.

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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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.

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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:

12th Annual SAEEC Conference
Date: 14 – 15 November 2017
Venue: Emperors Palace

The Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEEC) is hosting the 12th Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation Conference (2017SAEEC) on 14 - 15 November 2017, at Emperors Palace, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa, as an event serving the energy management-, environmental-, facilities building upgrades-, energy engineering-, cogeneration-, power generation-, and efficiency improvement industries.

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