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ASAQS signs MOU with the NHBRC

13 February 2013  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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In a landmark event the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS).

This MoU formalises the strong synergy developed since 2011 between these two organisations, in which the sharing of expertise and knowledge addresses issues, amongst others, such as cost control and quality of housing and related infrastructure through effective planning and management processes and measures.

 

Images courtesy of SA Builder magazine

 

Dr Jeffrey Mahachi, executive director of the NHBRC said: "In the context of the built environment and sustainability, housing involves a number of professional disciplines. Our focus is to engage with all of the professions in that environment, including engineers, quantity surveyors and architects - as each contributes to design and sustainability. The role of the ASAQS and its member quantity surveyors is key to this programme as they can contribute significantly through the technical assessment of housing units and projects in terms of packaging, cost, quality and management processes.ā€

Qinisani Mbatha, president of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors concurred, saying: "The evolvement of our relationship over the years to the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding is a stepping stone, as our Association has so much more to share with respect to cost and quality management. We welcome this interaction with organs of the state such as NHBRC and we expect to see the MoU working well in the years ahead. We are delighted that we can craft this MoU with the NHBRC and we will see to it that engagements are always encouraged.ā€

CEO of ASAQS, Larry Feinberg said. "This formalises the long standing relationship we have with the NHBRC. ASAQS has much to offer, and to give back to the construction industry, through this strong collaboration. We reaffirm that this is a good working MoU, the formal continuation of a fruitful collaborative relationship between the NHBRC and ASAQS.ā€