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Update on the Construction Sector Charter

Thabo Masombuka, CEO of the Construction Sector Charter Council recently wrote an urgent request to the Minister of Public Works to intervene on behalf of the CSCC Council and Exco members, constituent members and the construction industry as a whole, to resolve the delay in the finalization of the aligned and amended construction sector code that took the industry over 18 months to negotiate and finalize.

He said that the CSCC and the industry as a whole was encouraged to read in the press recently that the Minister of Public Works supported gazetting the Construction Sector Codes and committed the department in driving the transformation of the industry further.

He went on to say :"Following many months of alignment negotiations of the amended construction sector code, the CSCC then submitted the draft construction sector codes for gazette in terms of Section 9(5) of the BBBEE Act for 60 days public comments and inputs. Subsequently, the DTI indicated that they were satisfied that the revised construction sector code was substantially and procedurally aligned to the principles of the revised BBBEE Codes of Good Practice as prescribed by the Minister of Trade and Industry. Once concluded, the finalized construction sector code was submitted for final gazette in May this year. Despite various assurances from the DTI team, we are yet to receive the precise date of gazette."

Minister Nhleko, on receipt of the request, wrote to the Hon. Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industries on the 17th October 2017, asking him for an update.

We will inform you of the DTI's response as soon as we receive it.

To read the request sent to the Minister of Public Works please click here.

To read the letter that the Minister then sent to the Minister of Trade and Industry please click here.

Beware of these scam tenders

It seems that scamsters have found a new get rich quick scheme and are milking it for all it's worth for I have received no less than three RFQ's and tenders from the SAA and various government departments during the past two days for very specific items that they urgently require.

The requests for quotation carefully specifies the valves, solar geysers, equipment, etc. required by the "department" and if you Google the item you will find that it's available on two or more websites hosting classified adverts such as Gumtree, Locanto, ADZA, etc.

So how does the scam work?

You contact he company or person who has the item you are looking for and get a price, add your mark-up and submit your tender. Soon after the tender closing date you are awarded the supply contract and when you contact the "supplier" they usually have a truck that is going to wherever the goods have to be delivered and will include delivery for you at no charge. The only proviso is that you have to pay them pronto.

You do a bank transfer of the R250,000.00 or more that the goods cost and from that point on things start going pear-shaped, especially when you start following up about delivery so that you can invoice the "department". You soon realise that something is seriously wrong. Addresses are fraudulent, telephones are no longer answered and suddenly everything goes up in smoke, leaving you with a huge dent in your bank balance.

The only reason I am receiving so many of these e-mails is that the scam must be working and that honest people are being defrauded daily... please do not be one of them!

To all the scamsters out there: I wish that James Veitch catches up with you!

Watch this Youtube video to see what I mean: This is what happens when you reply to spam email | James Veitch

Posted by : Bert van den Heever

Research paper requires your input

One of our members, Sakhumzi Diko, is currently completing his Masters Degree with Wits Business School and  the topic of his research is : The influence of competitive bidding on entrepreneurial orientation and business growth of Quantity Surveyors in South Africa.

Please assist him by completing this Research Questionnaire

Quote of the week
Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient.

Eugene S. Wilson

Durban Golf Day postponed to 24 October 2017

The ASAQS KZN Chapter Annual Outreach Golf Day 2017 planned for 12 October has to be postponed due the extreme weather conditions experienced in Durban yesterday.

Royal Durban has been forced to close the course due to severe flooding. This has unfortunately lead to the postponement of our Golf Day. The new date will be Tuesday the 24th of October, 2017.

Again, apologies for the inconvenience and extremely short notice, however the event will take place on the stated date and we trust that we will see you there! Please note that this was out of our control and we thank you for your understanding.

Information required to do accurate estimates

What information do you need to do an accurate estimate of construction cost?

Do you wish you had a check list that enables you to ask the right questions from the architect and engineer?

Look no further than the sundries section of the Members Only CUG.

This check list was provided to the ASAQS by one of it's long-standing members, QS2000. Members are welcome to use the check list and we thank QS2000 for sharing it with their fellow-quantity surveyors.

Get your Excel-based Cash Flow Simulator now

Enhance your cost-reporting with our new cash flow simulator. It compares the current expenditure on a project with theoretical expenditure based on a standard s-curve.

It was designed by Mr Ian van Zyl, winner of our competition to find someone who could do magic with Excel.

We believe that the 2017 cash flow simulator will find wide use on government- and other projects as a simple tool that graphically indicates actual- against projected cash flows and also uses linear regression analysis to predicts the actual completion date based on current progress.

Max Wideman defines an s-curve as: "...a display of cumulative costs, labour hours or other quantities plotted against time. The name derives from the S-like shape of the curve, flatter at the beginning and end and steeper in the middle, which is typical of most projects. The beginning represents a slow, deliberate but accelerating start, while the end represents a deceleration as the work runs out."

Why use an s-curve? It's an important project management tool that allows the progress of a project to be tracked visually over time. To find out more uses of the s-curve watch the video on this page. By watching the video you will also learn about more sophisticated uses of the s-curve such as "banana" curves based on the early- and late dates of the schedule and how this is used to keep tabs on project progress.

The new Cash Flow Simulator 2017 edition is a basic tool which is especially useful in circumstances where the contractor cannot produce a proper schedule indicating the critical path of the project. It is available from the Sundries section of the Members Only CUG. Members can use it freely and firms are allowed to co-brand it by inserting their logo's along with that of the ASAQS on the simulation page.

Please note that the simulator may not function as intended on older versions of Excel. The Excel workbook was zipped in order to load the .xlsm file into the file library and members will have to unzip the file before use. We also strongly recommend that you read the instructions before inputting your own data into the simulator.

We look forward to hearing from you after using the simulator and will be guided by your suggestions in future enhancements and improvements to the simulator.

Curb construction project costs through value management

Improvements in the construction process as well as the function of a building can be achieved through a highly underrated process called value management.

The value management process is ideal to improve a project’s function, streamline the construction process, highlight potential future problems and reduce capital costs as well as operational expenses in all spheres of construction: civil, industrial, mining, and energy projects, to name a few.

 Mr Chris de Wet

“Value management is a broader view of the better-known term value engineering,” explains Chris de Wet, Value Management Advisor at the Association of Quantity Surveyors of South Africa (ASAQS).“It is a process that can determine whether a different way of designing, constructing, procuring and thinking is needed.”

The process includes a complete value analysis of all components as well as the consideration of alternative material and process selection. It should ultimately result in savings and operational efficiency that ensures the client derives the most financial value from a project.

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Stainless steel has crucial role to play in solving SA’s water woes

Globally, as much as 35% of all treated water is lost to leaking piping systems with South African levels reaching as high as 60%. This has prompted a stainless steel test project to get underway in Paarl between the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda), local municipal authorities and South African manufacturers in search of the most environmental and economic solution for the country’s water-wise future.

Case studies show that 95% of treated water leaks occur in the small diameter service pipes connecting the distribution pipes to the users’ water meters. Currently, approximately 40% of Johannesburg’s treated water supply is nonrevenue water (NRW), equating to a loss of R1.1 billion per year, of this 73.3% is lost due to pipe leakage.

Sassda Western Cape Manager Michel Basson says this is because water pipes are currently made from, or replaced with, High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), with a lifespan of 20 years, as opposed to stainless steel applications of at least 60 years. “In light of this, we currently have a test installation underway in a residential unit in Paarl where we are evaluating the installation of corrugated stainless steel tubes connected to the bulk supply line, which have been installed and covered in such a way that they can be easily removed for inspection.”

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Focus on learning the skills that impact performance on construction sites

says Alusani® Course Leader

At the start of their careers, few construction site managers realise that they will need to be part magician, part musical conduction and part superhero. Effective construction site management requires a broad range of skills, from technical expertise to leadership, negotiation, team building, communication, and everything in between – but few construction site managers are equipped with these skills when they arrive on site.

Deon van Heerden, Alusani® Course Leader, says that empowering yourself with the required tools, knowledge and skillset can help overcome a number of challenges that are typically experienced on construction sites. Some of these challenges include improper risk management systems, poor communication, dealing with tight deadlines and lack of engagement from all stakeholders.

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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.

Information sheet on the classification of soil compaction

The objective of this information sheet is to provide clarity regarding soil compaction classification and to broaden the readers’ understanding of process and the terminology used within the industry.

Compaction is the process whereby particles within a soil sample are pressed closer together to increase the interlocking properties between this, a force (impact, rolling, vibration) is needed to overcome particle resistance and densify the material.

The efficiency of this process is dependent upon the compacting effort applied to the soil, as well as the inherent friction between the various size particles within the soil sample. To increase compaction efficiency and reduce friction of particle resistance, water is added as a lubricant. The amount of water required is determined from laboratory tests and is referred to as the optimum moisture content (OMC), which is a percentage of the soil’s mass.

In general the following relationships can be found between compaction effort and moisture:

  • Using a large force requires less moisture
  • Using a small force requires more moisture
  • Coarse material requires less moisture
  • Fine material requires more moisture
    Density is one of the key measures used when analysing compaction efforts and efficiency in the field, thus it is important to understand what density refers to.
    What is meant by the density of soils?

Density is a measure of the degree of the togetherness of particles within soil and highlights the interlocking capability of the soil. It is defined as dry density when only the mass of the solid particles per unit volume of the soil is measured and wet density when the mass of the water is also taken into account.

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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.

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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:

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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