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Pandemic heightens existing construction sector woes

(Article appeared in The Engineering News on 22 May 2020)

Challenges in the construction sector will continue to prevail if construction sites remain closed, owing to South Africa’s national lockdown, says Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) president Christelle Bown.

The sector’s procurement regulations, which need to be revised and implemented not only more effectively but also more timeously, are some of the issues the sector faced before the lockdown.

It is important to address the difficulties caused by the onerous conditions prescribed when tendering for professional services


The regulatory issues include aspects such as the evaluation and approval processes – which have to improve significantly – within national departments and local government councils, says Bown.

“I do not refer only to tender evaluation and approval, but the whole process – from project inception, which includes aspects such as feasibility, processing the approval of building plans to rezoning applications,” she adds.

Meanwhile, the issue of non- and/or late payment by the public sector also needs to be addressed urgently. Bown notes that it is equally important to address the difficulties caused by the onerous conditions prescribed when tendering for professional services.

Professional service providers face a multitude of difficulties in this regard, she says. This can be attributed, besides other factors, to providers being appointed on a discounted fixed fee basis, which is calculated according to tender requirements that consist of a lacking project brief or scope of work.

“Added to this is the lack of provision on how fees may be adjusted when the projected construction period is extensively adjusted, owing to delays outside of the control of the consultants,” Bown tells Engineering News.

“Quite often, this is without any input about the contractor that is appointed for projects that either run late and/or where the contract is terminated. This is often the case where incompetent contractors have been appointed, and this has become the rule rather than the exception.”

Further, she emphasises that such unresolved issues are driving skilled construction professionals to seek greener pastures outside of South Africa or to simply close their practices.

This also leads to the financial death of the “very private-sector that government often turns to in trying to save the economy and other failing State-owned entities”.

Following the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa last month of the R500-billion social and economic relief support package, Bown warns that it is important to take cognisance of the source of this relief.

She predicts that the 2020 Budget will be revisited and the distribution of funds consequently reallocated.

“In the 2020 Budget, at least R200-billion was to be committed for infrastructure development over the next three years. So, will there be any left for infrastructure development after the reallocations in the Budget?”

Nevertheless, the ASAQS supports and agrees with the statement made by Ramaphosa that with the strength and resilience of ordinary South Africans, the country will overcome the effects of the pandemic.

“My sincere hope, however, is that in the rebuilding and recovery of the construction and related sectors, the powers that be will learn from past mistakes, which brought the industry to its knees in the first place,” she comments.

Bown urges the State to use the private sector’s expertise to advise on sound, achievable and practical regulations and protocols for not only a speedy but also a sustainable recovery.


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In memory of Tebogo Mabunda, MAQS (1980/11/11- 2020/05/14)

It is with heavy hearts that we, the Board, announce that ASAQS member Tebogo Mabunda (MAQS) has passed away. We offer the Association’s deepest condolences to her family and loved ones for their loss. May you find peace at this time in remembering moments of happiness you shared during her life.

Mr. Paul Kegoli worked with Tebogo on the Aerorand Primary School project in Middelburg when she was an employee of the Mpumalanga Provincial Government’s Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport. He recalls her as someone who was very knowledgeable, professional and always ready to provide solutions, even for the most complex problems.

We are saddened to hear that Tebogo’s passing was the result of domestic violence. The Association supports the right of every South African to life, dignity and equal protection under law from all forms of violence, especially gender-based violence. We urge members who feel they may be similarly at risk to seek assistance from the appropriate authorities and remove themselves to a safe environment without delay.

Medium term plans for activation of the development and construction industry post COVID-19. At the end of April, the Construction COVID-19 Rapid Response Task Team (CC19RRTT) submitted to Ms. Patricia de Lille, Minister of Public works and Infrastructure medium-term plans for the development and construction industry post COVID-19. The CC19RRTT engaged extensively prior to the submission and numerous organisations were involved in the development of the proposal.

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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:

ICEC World Congress

15-21 October 2020
Accra, Ghana
Presented as a joint conference with the Africa Association of Quantity Surveyors (AAQS). This will be hosted by the Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS). Further details can be obtained from the Congress Website at:

On behalf of the Congress Organising Committee, we would like to announce that the call for paper abstracts is now open. There are 2 categories for submissions – Technical & Academic. Please find attached details. Paper abstract submissions should be emailed to:

The Abstract Submission Deadline is 31 March 2020

PAQS Congress 2020 - Disruption & Transformation
In the built environment

4-8 September 2020
Marina Bay Sands Singapore

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