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Past President 2015
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Bert van den Heever
 
Born in Lusaka, Zambia, his parents relocated to South Africa and he completed high school at Tom Naude Technical High in Polokwane in 1967.

From 1969 to 1975 he studied for a BScQS at the University of Natal whereafter he studied for a Master in Business Leadership from 1978 to1982 at the University of South Africa, specialising in project- and property management.

To support his studies, Bert worked as a freelance scriptwriter for Litirol Press in Durban from 1970-1976. During this time he was also employed as a student by Walters and Simpson where he was mentored by Mr Sean Shaw.

He was employed by the Kwazulu Development Company from 1976 to 1981, first as Chief Quantity Surveyor in their Building Department and later as Chief Technical Advisor in their Projects Department.

In 1981 he decided to relocate to Vanderbijlpark where he took over the branch office of a Durban firm which later became Bert van den Heever Bourekenaars Ingelyf, Quantity Surveyors and Project Managers.

His firm was the Category Winner of the  2010 Southern African Institute of Steel Construction: Steel Awards, for their work as Project Managers and Quantity Surveyors on the New Meetse-a-Bophelo Primary School in Mamelodi for ArcelorMittal. This prototype school was built  as a donotion from ArcelorMittal to the DBE for 1,200 pupils and illustrates the use of steel in construction.

Bert is managing director of Intercyber cc, internet consultants, webmaster of the ASAQS web site, editor of the Weekend Property and Construction Newsletter and co-owner of GoLearning, an online CPD-training provider to the quantity surveying profession.

He has always had a keen interest in regional development and was a director of Vaalgro, a Section 21 company formed to stimulate development in the Vaal. He was also past-chairman of Lema O Kotule a small scale farming project and a founding member of Vaal Community Radio 90.6FM. He resigned as chairperson of the advisory board to the Jeugland Old Age Home at the end of 2014 in order to devote more time to the ASAQS during his tenure as president.

Bert is married to Laetitia and they are blessed with three adult children, Lize, Kara and C.M.

Whenever possible, Bert likes to travel with his family, fly fish with his son and some friends or dabble with soft pastels or oil paint.