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ASAQS president quoted in Engineering News

21 November 2012  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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Public sector lacking skilled quantity surveyors

"Efficiency, innovation and best practices in the private sector are creating a concentration of adequately skilled quantity surveyors, while the public sector is struggling with a lack of skills, especially at municipal level.

Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) president Qinisani Mbatha says the public sector often fails to attract well-qualified and mature minds and sometimes settles for less-qualified individuals, as there are few well-skilled individuals in the quantity surveying field in South Africa.

As a result, ASAQS has had to deal with challenges in the past, with regard to managing these individuals for government projects.

"While we await a proper study or research to be conducted, we believe that we are not producing enough quantity surveyors for this country, particularly in the midtier. "However, the bigger challenge is the lack of properly qualified and experienced quantity surveyors working in the industry and the lack of exposure and experience thereof for young professionals who want to enter the profession and those that have had a few years in the trade.

"We have observed that opportunities for the development of quantity surveyors are not progressing well and this is worse in the public sector,” says Mbatha."

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