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LATEST NEWS

Council comes down hard on ethics and CPD-compliance

At the Council Committee Meeting held on 5 September 2018, there were a few possible policy changes brought under discussion and voted upon.

A substantial number of registered persons are contravening section 22 of Act 49 of 2000 that is “renewal of registration”. Compliance of registration fees and CPD is a requirement for annual registration renewal. The registration fee is billed annually before end of January, and the final CPD audit is done at the end of the 5-year cycle to determine a struck list.

Going forward the Council is proposing the following in order to receive a letter of good
standing;

  1. a) Pay Registration fees
    b) Comply with CPD i.e 25 hours p/a
    c) Signed Code of Conduct declaration (to be downloaded from the SACQSP website) by the profession as read and understood.
  2. Code of Conduct
    a) all newly registered candidates (including those with an Honours Degree) will need
    to, as part of their registration process, write PSM 17 (Code of Conduct) as a requirement to their route to Registration.
    b) Registered members will also need to undertake this as part of their 5-year CPD cycle.

The ASAQS will keep you abreast of developments in regard to the above, as and when they occur.


10 ethical questions, answered

We thought it might be a good idea to throw this week's spotlight on ethics, seeing that the SACQSP wants all registered quantity surveyors to undergo a training course in ethics.

Jeffrey Seglin, author of "The Right Thing" says: "Stealing is a no-no; cheating is bad. When it comes to moral quandaries, the thou shalt-nots are no-brainers.The truly tough dilemmas are those small, more ambiguous ones that you may stumble upon anytime, anywhere."

Jeffrey writes "The Right Thing," a syndicated weekly ethics column. He is a senior lecturer of public policy and director of the communications program at Harvard's Kennedy School.

This article first appeared on the CNN website in March 2010.

Here are some of the questions:

  1. If something at a yard sale is far more valuable than the posted price, do I have to let the seller know?
  2. My boss gave me credit for a project on which a colleague did most of the work. Should i accept the praise?
  3. Am I obligated to lend money to friends and family?
  4. If someone tells an offensive joke, is it my responsibility to speak up about it?
  5. Is it ever OK to sneak a peek at your child's e-mail?

And now for a really tough one;

"My boss asked me to cover for him on his expense report by saying I was at a meal when I wasn't. Should I do it?"

To find out Jeffrey's answers click here

You can also follow his weekly blog here


Wits students learn more about BIM

The ASAQS Wits Student Chapter together with the School of Construction Economics and Management had the opportunity to host Georg van Rensburg from ACE Solutions (WinQS) for a Guest Lecture Titled "BIM for QS's"

The following items regarding BIM were discussed :

3D Design For Architects
4D for Project Managers
5D for Quantity Surveyors
6D for Project Lice Cycle Cost
7D for Facility Managers
8D for Occupational Health and Safety

Click here to read more


Quote of the week

When Solomon said there was a time and a place for everything he had not encountered the problem of parking his automobile.

Bob Edwards


Please assist and earn CPD2 hours

Two important aspects that have had a huge impact on our profession is currently being researched. Please have your say by doing the quick surveys that accompany these research areas.

Research title: The effect of Implementing Agents on the Quantity Surveying Profession
Purpose of the research: To establish whether Implementing Agents has a negative effect on the profession
Target population: Professional quantity surveyors
Survey link : http://forms.nmmu.ac.za/websurvey/q.asp?sid=1819&k=czuzzjekmr
Closing date: 21 September 2018

Stefan van Zyl is conducting research for his honours degree on a subject that is a major of many practitioners. Please make your voice heard by assisting him in his research:

Research title: THE EFFECTS OF DISCOUNTS OFFERED ON PROFESSIONAL FEES ON THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE QUANTITY SURVEYING INDUSTRY
Target population: All professionals Quantity Surveyors working in the industry
Survey link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfGVNuMFCxAENFoPUIUMJY6-jjLkqpO3bO4xcHUEj_2tmYUHA/viewform?usp=sf_link
Closing date: 21 September 2018


Delegation from the Kenyan NCA visits ASAQS

Kenyan delegation 2018 

A delegation from the National Construction Authority (NCA) of Kenya, as well as other Kenyan Government Agencies involved in the Affordable Housing Agenda, recently visited the ASAQS head office.

The delegation visited South Africa to gain an understanding of how the SA Government has leveraged Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) for the success of construction projects.

The ASAQS invited Tony Parker to share his PPP expertise with the delegation.

The Kenyan Government has embarked on a project to construct 500,000 affordable houses by 2020 and due to its magnitude, success of this project will rely greatly on collaboration between the Government and private sector.

Through the NCA the Kenyan Government has commenced sourcing for private sector partners in construction materials supply, as well as financiers and contractors for the project. For this, drafting of joint venture and similar partnership agreements between the government and private sectors players is on course.

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


ANNOUNCEMENT OF FORTHCOMING CONGRESSES / CONFERENCES

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-PAQS World Congress 18-20 November, 2018

Sydney, Australia at the Darling Harbour Convention Centre.

Grassroots to Concrete Jungle: Dynamics in the Built Environment


The early bird rate is available until Friday 28 September.

Click here to register

Please also note that under Australia’s universal visa system all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia. This visa can take some time to process so please ensure you apply for your visa well in advance of your intended date of travel to Australia. 


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