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Welcome to the start of a new year

Here are 290 of the most inspirational quotes of all time. But please, don’t read them all. Your goal is to find THE quote that will inspire you to have a beautiful 2020. Happy discovery!

Learn to sell learn to build

Presidential Message

Christelle's end of year message is available here for those of you who may have missed it.

Bitter-sweet news from the Midrand office


Karl shared the following news with us:

" Thati is one of two South Africans that have been awarded a full scholarship to study a Masters in Management at the IE University in Spain in 2020.

As a result Thati will be leaving us to pursue her studies.

Thati has served EduTech and the ASAQS with excellence. She has made a real difference by raising the standard in all her areas of responsibility. Testimony to this is the standard operating procedure documents she has left behind to assist the incoming EduTech PA when appointed.

While Thati will be missed, we are also very proud of her selection, and excited about the opportunity it presents.

We wish her well in her future endeavours and soon hope to hear of her successes."

Quote of the week

You don’t need to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

Martin Luther King Jr

The EduTech Q&A

Tiling - Beds and backing - how should they be described?

Should the description of ceramic tiles on brickwork state that it includes cement plaster backing or when fixed with adhesive, that plaster is measured elsewhere?

Here is a problem that arose where the preamble stated that backing or plaster was deemed to be included:

A building contractor has raised a query on the interpretation of our Tiling BOQ Supplementary Preamble in respect of plaster and screed backing under tiles.  The building contractor is of the opinion that the screed/plaster should be separately measured elsewhere.  However, in our professional opinion, we understand that the item description in this instance does not call for the screed/plaster to be measured elsewhere and it is therefore deemed to be included as stated in the Preamble.

The Preamble is copied hereunder for your reference:

“Unless described as "fixed with adhesive to plaster or screed (plaster or screed elsewhere)" descriptions of tiling on brick or concrete walls, columns, etc shall be deemed to include 1:4 cement plaster backing and descriptions of tiling on concrete floors, etc shall be deemed to include 1:3 screed bedding”

A typical item description is also copied hereunder for your reference:

“300 x 600mm Porcelain tiles (PC R280/m² delivered to site) fixed with approved tile adhesive, etc and pointing with tinted colour grout

On walls”

We have taken the liberty of confirming the English syntax with a language specialist where they have confirmed that the sentence is logical.  In their plain words, it reads, “except where the item states ‘elsewhere’ the plaster is deemed to be included”.


Notwithstanding that, in our professional opinion, the intention of the preamble is clear, could you kindly peruse the aforementioned preamble and item description and provide your view on whether or not the screed/plaster is deemed to be included in the tiling as per the copied excerpts from the BOQ.  We would like to forward this correspondence to the building contractor in order to clear up the matter.

To find out what our panel of wise men concluded please click here

EduTech is there to provide our members with technical support. If you have a query please log in on your profile and visit the EduTech Technical Information/ Technical Query page to send your question to us. Your question is posed to our panel of wise men and an answer is compiled and sent back to you FREE OF CHARGE!

JBCC Advisory Notes:

JBCC Advisory Notes to be published in 2020 on a continuous basis. Click here to view the Advisory Notes.

An update from the last ASAQS Board Meeting of 2019

By Christelle Bown - President 2019/20

The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) held its annual Board Meeting on 6 November. Here is an overview of the discussions, decisions and updates from the meeting:

External and international liaisons

The ASAQS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) on 1 August 2019. We will potentially offer training assistance to MBSA members and we will continue to focus on strengthening our cooperation with the MBSA. We are also in the process of drafting a MOI with the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) and the first draft of this agreement should be completed by the end of this year.

Internationally, the ASAQS has been accepted as an Associate Member of the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS). Our active participation in this board of established international bodies will strengthen the proud and competent standing of all professional quantity surveyors in South Africa.

Internal news, praise and progress

Edutech was once again congratulated on delivering a successful ASAQS conference, which was held in Cape Town in August. Edutech, together with a sub-committee, is updating current documents and will compile a guideline for the use of the International Construction Measurement Standards.

The ASAQS “Fees Committee”, which is chaired by Dr Stephan Ramabodu, met with senior representatives of the Competitions Commission. This created a much-needed platform for issues from both sides to be clarified and the Competitions Commission commended us for initiating this discussion. The Fees Commission is drafting a document for consideration and discussion by the Commission.

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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:

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


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