Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Register

SITE Search

The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors

All of us count!

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 practical approach to the VAT rate increase to 15% on 1 April 2018

VAT increaseWhat should you do to simplify the application of the new VAT rate on existing building projects?

What should you do regarding retention currently held on a contract which will only be released after April?

We asked some senior members of the ASAQS for their opinion and here is their advice.

Quote of the week

I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these 'how' and 'why' questions. Occasionally, I find an answer.

Stephen Hawking (8 January 1942 – 14 March 2018)

Complexities of obtaining development funding: how feasibility studies can help

Obtaining funding for development in African countries can be a monumental task, especially in the property development market. Political instability, foreign currency exchange controls between banks and governments and a lack of strong legal structures in certain regions makes it tough for property developers to get projects off the ground. Even when all the necessary legislative documentation is in place, projects can be delayed for years due to a lack of access to funding.

DuRaan Conradie, member of the Association of Quantity Surveyors of South Africa (ASAQS), says that two of the major hurdles that property developers face are obtaining funding from banks and raising the prerequisite capital deposit – the equity contribution – for their projects.

“Banks need security to be confident that they will get a return on the money they loan to a developer. Most banks require an equity contribution on average of 30% from the developers before they will consider granting a loan for the remaining 70%,” says Conradie.

Click here to read on

Research on Lean construction practices

One of our members is doing research aimed at evaluating how to eradicate poor performance of Infrastructure projects using known Lean construction practices.

Please assist him by givng a couple of minutes of your time to participate in the research>

Research title: A lean-led evaluation of infrastructure projects in South Africa.

Target population: All Built Environment professionals executing projects in South Africa.
Survey link:
Completion date: 30 April 2018.

If like me, you have never heard of Lean construction before, then you may want to watch this video.

Please remember that you can claim 30 minutes in CPD Category 2 once you have completed this survey.

In Memoriam - Jacqui Tuck

One of our long-standing sponsors, Jacqui Tuck, owner of Wallstreet Global Search & Recruitment Specialists passed away recently. Her children sent out this statement:

"It is with great sadness and sorrow to have to inform you that Jacqui has passed away.

Jacqui passed away peacefully in her sleep on the 11 February 2018. She was a great woman and leaves behind an incredible legacy, we are sure that she would want to send heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you; her friends, clients and applicants for the experiences and interactions that you have had over these many years.

Wallstreet was Jacqui’s life and with her passing it has been decided to let Wallstreet go with her. We would like to offer our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Yours sincerely,
(Jacqui’s children) Camille Rodda and Warren Tuck"

Are lower priced building projects putting clients at risk?

Like many parts of the world, the South African built environment and construction industry is still in a slump. Economic pressure has led to a number of contractors re-looking their pricing strategies to see how they can offer services at a lower price than their competitors. While this is a clever marketing strategy, it may expose clients to certain risks, says Henry van de Wall, member of the Association of Quantity Surveyors of South Africa (ASAQS), and Chairperson of its North West  chapter.

“Some contractors may be able to absorb the cost of taking on projects that don’t necessarily yield a profit.”

There are many ways that these contractors can lower their rates. A lower price could be offered if they are able to get material discounts from their suppliers, or if they are for example willing to cut their profit margins in certain areas.

“While this can make good business sense in the current economic climate, it does open clients to certain risks,” warns Van de Wall.

Click here to read on

Wits student chapter

The ASAQS Wits Student Chapter would like to express its gratitude to all the industry professionals that took time out of their busy schedules to come and speak at our relaunch.

Thank you to:
Francois Coertze - Commercial Director at Murray and Roberts
Larry Feinberg - Director at ASAQS
Nhlanhla Lawrence Mtobi- Executive Director at Equate Africa
Josephine Llale - PrQS and CEM Senior Lecture
Egon Wortmann - Operations Director at Crane Construction Consultant
Ronnie Siphika - Founder and former ASAQS WSC Chairperson

We would like to thank the students for making this event a success. We look forward to seeing more of you at our next event.

Visit our Facebook page to view photos taken at the launch.

The second Shape Shifter is here!

Click here to read articles in the second edition of the SACPCMP Shape Shifter magazine.

Although the magazine is aimed at project management practitioners it contains really informative articles touching on broader issues such as payments, choice of contract, etc.

Western Cape Chapter AGM - 16 March 2018

Please note that the 48th Annual General Meeting of the Western Cape Chapter of the ASAQS will be held from 15h00 to 18h00 on Thursday 16 March 2018 at the Belmont Square Conference Centre, Belmont Road, Rondebosch in Cape Town.

Please click here to download the agenda.

Click here to register

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.

Have you missed something? Browse to the News section!

Think you may have missed something browse to our news section, it might still be there.

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.

Efficient - available 24/7 - do CPD when it suits you
Affordable - at a fraction of the cost of a seminar
Targeted - do courses according to your needs

Eat into your CPD requirements with GoLearning by clicking here.

  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:

10th CIDB Postgraduate Conference: 25 – 27 February 2018
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Towards a better route to enhanced productivity, performance, and transformation of construction

The conference will be co-hosted by the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) and the  Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT).

This conference has been accredited with 12 CPD Hours in Category 1 by the ASAZQS.

Please click here for details and access to the registration form.

One-Day ACHASM Gauteng 2018 Construction Health and Safety (H&S) Symposium: 12 March 2018

Bytes Conference Centre Midrand

The summit will focus on modern technology in the form of building information modelling (BIM) and its role in H&S, and topical issues such as client baseline risk assessments (BRAs), cost of accidents, H&S culture, medical surveillance, motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) during construction, SMEs / subcontractors and H&S, support work and formwork, and the role of procurement in H&S. Furthermore, the Construction Industry Development Board (cidb), Department of Labour, and the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) will provide an update relative to their industry H&S related mandate. The focus is attributable to media coverage afforded the construction industry in terms of ‘accidents’, and collapses, in addition to the incidence of fatalities, notwithstanding the fact that ‘one fatality is one too many’.

For more information, please click here

3rd Annual BIM Conference  14-15 March 2018

Sandton,JHB,South Africa

“Today’s BIM champions are tomorrow’s industry leaders”

BIM Leadership is needed at this stage of the African BIM rollout. Leaders in every discipline, in every 3D modelled project, every day. South Africa has recently seen a vast uptake in BIM tools and processes, which has promoted the much needed information to not only win BIM compliant tenders, but run BIM projects and transition their companies into digital construction with all its efficiencies and cost benefits through BIM.

Click here to register

WCPDF Conference – 10 – 11 MAY 2018

Western Cape Property Development Forum’s Annual Conference entitled “Growing Africa’s Premier Destination through Property Development,” taking place between the 10 to 11 May 2018. 

For further details please refer to the web link hereunder.  The conference content is high quality and very relevant and the event is well attended by industry and comes highly recommended.

The African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo taking place 16 & 17 May 2018
Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg
Cape Construction Expo taking place 12 & 13 September 2018
Sun Parks, Grand West, Cape Town

ICEC-PAQS World Congress 18-20 November, 2018
Sydney, Australia at the Darling Harbour Convention Centre.

Grassroots to Concrete Jungle: Dynamics in the Built Environment

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Submission Deadline: Monday 30 April 2018


What you get: :Banner adverts on the ASAQS website (over 1,000,000 hits/month on average!) A Mini-ad on the ASAQS website and on the Weekend Property and Construction News (over 5,300 subscribers) Preferential exposure of your products and services Targeted marketing at only R484.50 (inclusive) per month
Don't wait, we only have a limited number of slots left.

Contact Bert van den Heever the ASAQS Webmaster


While the ASAQS aims to ensure that its publications represent best practice, the ASAQS does not accept or assume any liability or responsibility for any events or consequences thereof that derive from the use of documents or any other materials, software or resources as they are only intended to provide general guidance to those who wish to make use of it. Such publications, software or resources are provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied including but without limitation to warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement.