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The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors

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Quantity Surveyors, project managers, cost engineers or anybody interested in the construction industry and built environment should find really useful information on this large web site dedicated to the quantity surveying profession in South Africa. Our Events Calendar lists seminars and events for quantity surveyors, cost engineers, project managers and other role players in the construction industry. Visit our online store to purchase contracts, documents, apparel and software or take time out to catch up on the latest "News". Browse around... we hope you enjoy your stay! Welcome. We're glad you're here.


A view from the skyline: the Leonardo from a Quantity Surveying perspective

The Leonardo

The Sandton skyline-defining skyscraper, the Leonardo, is the tallest building in Africa. The R3-billion project, developed by 75 on Maude, a Legacy Group and Nedbank partnership, has already surpassed the former stand-out in Sandton, The Michelangelo. At 233m with 55 floors, it also beats the 201m architectural height of the Carlton’s Centre, previously the tallest building in South Africa.

Coined as the pinnacle of luxury living in Africa’s richest square mile the Leonardo is intended to symbolise a beacon of hope in a trying economic climate in South Africa. Only local contractors and labour were employed on the project with each individual leaving their own uniquely South African stamp on the building.

According to Jamie Hendry, Director at Legacy Development Management, this allows the Leonardo to radiate its own soul. Each visitor will, therefore, have a unique emotional journey during their time at the Leonardo.

“Whether you’re walking through the art-filled public spaces, absorbing the ultimate lifestyle experience on level seven or the magnificent unobstructed views with a drink at the sky bar, the Leonardo will create unforgettable memories for many generations of South Africans.”

The Legacy Group is known for its proud South African heritage and its investments in the country’s construction sector during times when others weren’t willing or able to take the same risks.

“Estimating and controlling the cost of developing tall buildings is no easy feat,” says South African Association of Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) member, Steven Schneid from S.M. Schneid Quantity Surveyors.

“The initial capital cost estimate – which is vital in calculating the viability of the project at an early stage – could not be calculated based on data and information gathered from smaller projects. The nature of the development demanded detailed measurement on each specific floor. All calculations had to be done manually with more detail, fact-checking and number crunching than the team had ever encountered before.”


Quote of the week:

Charge less, but charge. Otherwise, you will not be taken seriously, and you do your fellow artists no favours if you undercut the market.

Elizabeth Aston, The True Darcy Spirit, 2006

The ASAQS addresses late- and non-payment by national, provincial and municipal government

A recent survey by the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) shows that the majority of Quantity Surveyors experience late- or non-payment of contractors on national, provincial and municipal projects. ASAQS President Christelle Bown presented the survey findings during a panel discussion at the 2019 Master Builders Annual Congress, which was held on 9 September in Johannesburg.

President of the ASAQS, Christelle Bown“Over 140 ASAQS members participated in the survey, with the majority of respondents saying they experience late and non-payment on government projects. The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Patricia de Lille, recently said that her department had paid R106-million in outstanding invoices. While this is a step in the right direction, it is still only a drop in the ocean of the R6-billion of government debt, that needs to be paid to contractors and professionals in the built environment,” says Bown.

The survey also highlighted that the Eastern Cape and Gauteng were the provinces where their members experience the most payment-related problems from government entities.


The Measurement of Mechanical and Electrical Services - 15 October

You should not miss this opportunity to get to grips with the measurement of mechanical and electrical services under the guidance of Don Reid. Don qualified as a Quantity Surveyor in 1969 and joined AECOM’ s legacy company the following year.  He became a Director in 1972 and has been based in Bloemfontein, Johannesburg and Pretoria, where he has been the Project Director on several major building projects. In addition to extensive experience brought about by exposure to and involvement in landmark projects, Don has built up specific expertise over the past 3 decades in mechanical, electrical and electronic services related to building projects.

When: 15 October 2019
Registration 07h30 Starts 08h00 until 12h30
Where: EduTech Training Center
ASAQS Head Office, Thornhill Office Park, Building 27, Suite G7
94 Bekker Road, Vornal Valley
South Africa
Presenter: Don Reid
Contact: Nicolle de Bruyn
011 315 4140

Event registration fees
 ASAQS Members: R1,450.00 (EXCLUDING VAT)
Non-Members: R1,740.00 (EXCLUDING VAT)
Students: R725.00 (EXCLUDING VAT)

Click here to register

The EduTech Q&A

We received a query from a member who said: " I am involved on a project which utilises the JBCC contract document. My query relates to a bill item description for a window which calls for clear glass to the top and middle portion of the window and Georgian wire glass to the bottom of the window. Further, there is reference to drawings in the bill item. These drawings call for Low E glass to the top and middle portion of the window and Georgian wire glass to the bottom of the window. The bill item description asked for clear glass and the referred drawing in the bill asked for Low E glass, my query is;
Where there is a difference between the written description in a bill item and the description on a drawing referred to in the same bill item – what takes precedence , the written description in the bill, or the description on the drawing referred to?"

To find out what our Panel of Wise Men answered click here.

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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.

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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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  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:

Two-Day ACHASM 2019 Construction Health and Safety (H&S) Summit
Westville Country Club, Durban, 2 - 3 October 2019

The objective of the summit is to provide a forum for construction industry role players to address construction H&S related matters with specific emphasis on topical issues, the development of knowledge and skills areas, and to debate ‘challenging’ issues.  

The summit will be of relevance to architects, construction managers, construction project managers, Construction H&S Agents / Managers / Officers, contractors, engineers, inspectors, interior designers, landscape architects, quantity surveyors, and all interested construction role players.

The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS), and the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP), will recognise the summit for CPD purposes.

Click here for further information and to register for this summit


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