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Urgent Notification to All ASAQS Members - New Procurement Bill - Request for comments

Government wants to change SA tender laws

The National Treasury is seeking public comments into the recently published draft Public Procurement Bill.

The draft bill proposes a single regulatory framework for procurement applicable to national, provincial and local government, as well as state owned entities.

In a statement last Wednesday, Treasury said once the bill becomes law, it will eliminate fragmentation in the laws that deal with public sector procurement.

“The Bill creates a more flexible preferential procurement regime and enables the Minister of Finance, after consulting responsible Ministers, to prescribe a framework for preferential procurement.

 “To advance economic opportunities for previously disadvantaged people, specific provision is made for women; the youth and people with disabilities; small businesses; locally produced goods, including local technology and its commercialisation,” it said.

The ASAQS has asked its members to urgently comment on the bill so that it could make a submission on the bill on their behalf. Please download the document by clicking here and send your comments to Ms Lebo Mmati or Mr Larry Feinberg (click on their names to open the e-mail address)

Here is some more background to this story:

Alarm bells are ringing over lack of detail in draft Public Procurement Bill - Business Day

Discussion | Govt wants to change SA tender laws - eNCA

Government wants to change South Africa’s tender laws – and experts are already finding problems - BusinessTech

Click here to read more

Elements hindering transformation in the local Quantity Surveying profession

20 February 2020

During his third State of the Nation Address, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced economic transformation and job creation as the first of seven key priorities to get South Africa back on track. Since then, Government has continued to put pressure on industry bodies, and statutory professional councils such as the SACQSP (SA Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession), to speed up transformation within the quantity surveying profession or face harsh consequences.

Patience More, Registrar at the SACQSP, which oversees the Professional Registration of quantity surveyors (QSs), says many of the daily calls she receives are from frustrated candidate QSs that are employed by the Government. The main complaint lodged by these candidate QSs are that they are unable to register as Professional QSs because no registered professional quantity surveyor (PrQS) mentors are assigned to them. This is immensely problematic for any candidate QS aspiring to become professionally registered, as it is a statutory requirement prescribed in the quantity surveying professions act that every candidate QS is obliged to work under the supervision of a PrQS in order to gain Professional Registration with the council.

“In order to become Professionally Registered as a QS, a candidate will need to demonstrate that he/she has the same or equal competence and accountability that is required from registered professional QS’s that are involved in the oversight and management of large, public-funded construction projects. In some cases, the candidate QSs have been working for Government for over five years without being assigned to complex projects,” More states, adding that these candidate QSs are left to do administrative work, while the more complex and demanding Quantity Surveying work is placed out on government tender and effectively outsourced.

“If Government wants to see meaningful and sustained transformative change in the quantity surveying profession, they as the largest employer in the nation cannot afford to continue to place the onus for training candidate quantity surveyors predominantly on the private sector. Instead, they must lead by example and create an appropriate environment that enables candidate QSs to gain the required experience, professional training and mentorship so that they can become Professionally Registered as per their route to registration. The only realistic way to achieve this goal is if government departments, municipalities and state-owned enterprises employ properly qualified professional quantity surveyors to assist in developing and training these candidates,” More urges.

SA needs more qualified QSs

More says that Quantity Surveyors are desperately needed within Government departments to deal with everything from cost overruns and inefficiencies to corruption.

“There are not enough Quantity Surveyors to have oversight on all of the construction projects that Government is funding. The few Quantity Surveyors that are employed by Government are saddled with so many projects that they are simply unable to accurately keep track of the intricacies and complexities involved in cost control project financial management. On projects where a team of Quantity Surveyors would realistically be required, Government departments are lucky if just one Professional Quantity Surveyor has a moderate level of oversight on a project.”

Why isn’t Government employing QSs?

Only a handful of QSs are employed by the Department of Public Works, and these few and far between QSs oversee construction projects to the value of tens of billions of Rands. Larry Feinberg, Executive Director of the Association of Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS), this is an unmanageable workload for a QS.

“The handful of Professional QSs employed by Government have too much on their plates to responsibly manage cost control. The annual salary that government would pay for employing a registered professional QS is minuscule to the amount of construction project corruption and misspending they would almost assuredly be able to prevent. Why isn’t Government – the largest employer in the country – not employing skilled and experienced QSs to work on their construction projects and root out corrupt procurement practices and shady project expenditure? This problem runs much deeper than transformation.”

Quote of the week

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.


(Ancient advice I wish our government would take to heart)

The latest salary survey now available

The results of the 2019 salary survey are based on an annual survey of salaried staff, conducted amongst quantity surveying practices in South Africa, as at March 2019. The survey excludes information pertaining to the remuneration packages of the principals, partners, members of close corporations and directors.

The salary survey is based on gross annual remuneration as at 1 March 2019. Results were extracted from approximately 117 participating firms (some of which operate in more than one province) covering salaries of 553 personnel (excluding Students), compared to 102 participating firms and 505 personnel in the March 2018 survey.

We observed a widening gap last year between the salaries of experienced quantity surveyors when compared to those with less experience. That gap seems to have remained the same, which may indicate that the market is still placing a premium on experience.

Please click here to obtain your copy of the survey

New book on post-contract administration

Post-contract administrationProf Fanie Buys PhD PrQS PMAQS, MRICS has just released his latest book and it is set to become the go-to reference for young and old quantity surveyors who are managing construction projects.

Following on the books ‘Measuring Building Work - Worked Examples’ and ‘Quantity Surveying, Pre-contract Administration’, this book was compiled to further assist quantity surveying and construction management students and practitioners in understanding all the post-contract work done by quantity surveyors. Topics covered include priced bills of quantities, payment certificates, contract price adjustment provisions, cost reporting, contract instructions, final accounts and professional fees for a simulated 12-month building contract; thereby covering the full ambit of post-contract administration in detail together with practical worked examples as a solid source of reference.

To order:
R300 + postage (Year 2020)


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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

Register before 31 March 2020 to enjoy the early bird discount
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