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Message from the ED of the ASAQS

03 January 2014  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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May I firstly express on behalf of the ASAQS a special tribute to the dearly departed former president of South Africa –Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela -  a peaceful and eternal rest. May the many lessons that he has taught so many remain in our hearts and minds.

The past year has been an exceptionaly busy one for the ASAQS. The launch of our new membership portal through our website has been met with much success and our members are utilising the many features which have been built into the website to view their invoices, communicate with the office and update their details.

Significant improvements to the quality of  the data that the ASAQS keeps on our members has been made and 2014 will usher in the start of our latest database project which will be to update the PrQS’s in charge of firms and the management of which these registered firms are comprised. Further details will be forthcoming and made available to our membership during the first quarter of 2014.

The relationship between the ASAQS and the SACQSP continues in a collaborative spirit to the benefit of the profession. The ASAQS and SACQSP will be working towards delivery of a conference next year titled Quantity Surveying – Mapping the Future. The conference is being organised at a time when the profession is confronted with a myriad of challenges emanating from the ever changing socio-economic, technology & environmental challenges. More clients are demanding better services than ever before and Quantity Surveyors are under pressure to deliver to the desired expectations and to prescribed ethical standards. Professionalism is in the spotlight and at a crossroads, given the current dynamics in the industry. The conference brings together industry practitioners, academics, researchers and postgraduate students, to brainstorm on how the profession will influence or be influenced by the environment now and in the future. The conference will deliver a60% 40% split between academic papers and industry specific topics, workshops and panel breakaway sessions, covering a broad range of specific topics geared for the practitioner doing business in an ever changing business environment.

The Standard System has been tabulated and is available on our website free for our members to download (no changes to original except to the layout). This aforementioned project only tabulated the existing document into the new format. As I write this, the Standard System is now undergoing a complete update and review process by the same committee tasked with tabulating the existing document. The new updated and tabulated version is scheduled for delivery during 2014, and will be published and made available to our industry after a rigorous review process has been completed by all stakeholders. Members may access our Standard System blog on our website to leave comments which the committee will review. Now is the chance to have your say in what changes you would like to see made to the document. We hope you will make use of this facility before it is too late and the work on the Standard System completed.

The Constitution, By-Laws and Code of Conduct have all been reviewed this year. All changes that are being tabled to being made to these documents will be made available to our members early next year. As is constitutionally required, each member will be requested to vote on the changes.

The Guide to Elemental Cost Estimating & Analysis for Building Works 2013 has been completed and is also available for our members to download free from our website.

The ASAQS continues to make an impact and play a significant role on many government forums and panels. Much work continues to be devoted towards ensuring that quantity surveyors interests are represented wherever they are required. Items that continue to be high up on the agenda of the board include among many others – Professional Fees, Competitions Commission, IDT, CiDB, NDPW , The Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC) and the alignment of our construction codes to the generic BEE guidelines that have recently been promulgated.

The ASAQS continues to play a meaningful role in answering technical issues and matters that our members and the public need assistance with. The appointment of an Edutech Director at Head Office will have a huge impact on further developing our educational library, accreditation of CPD, development and publication of practice notes, interaction with industry and the developing of a database of rates (among many others). The Edutech director will play a vital and essential role in returning and enhancing existing technical services and maintaining and expanding upon the comprehensive body of knowledge within our profession.

The fraud investigation that has previously occurred at the ASAQS is now in the final phases of completion and an arrest warrant has now been issued for the perpetrator who will need to account for her actions in a court of law. Both a civil and criminal case has been opened by the ASAQS / SAPS and both cases are being vigorously pursued to their ultimate conclusion.

The ASAQS continues to be representative and proactive at all government and industry platforms. We voice the opinions and interests of our members conscientiously and consistently and the association takes great care and pride in ensuring that the "voice” of our quantity surveying profession is heard. We collaborate, synergise and co-operate wherever we see a possibility of advancing our professional cause. It is only through the continued loyalty and financial support of our members that we are actively able to ensure that the future of our profession remains vibrant and bright.  

To all of the ASAQS members, may I wish you a very safe and merry Christmas, and a prosperous new year for you, your families and all your loved ones. 

Sincerely

Larry Feinberg