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The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors

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ASAQS members encouraged to vote for board members

Vote for Board members

The Association of Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) is proud to announce that it has received far more General Board Member Nominations than previous years. 13 nominations for the 6 board positions have been received, which is the highest number of nominations that have been put forward for board positions in the last 20 years.

Stephan Ramabodu, President of the ASAQS, says the increased number of nominations is a testament to the proactivity of ASAQS members as well as their trust in the association’s efforts to boosting the industry as a whole.

“ASAQS members have become more aware of how their membership fees are being used to benefit Quantity Surveyors in South Africa. Many of the nominees are highly experienced and regarded in the sector and I am excited to see how the new board will set out to strategically manage the association,” says Ramabodu.

A fair, democratic voting and auditing process

Members of the ASAQS are asked to take part in the voting process, which ends on 20 July 2018. The six newly elected Board members will be announced after the auditing process has taken place. Curriculum Vitae of the nominees have been uploaded to the website. To cast your vote, members can visit this link:

Members can select a maximum of six people who they choose to vote for. If the maximum number (6) is exceeded, then the ballot will be discarded. Members are, however, allowed to vote for fewer board members.

“If there are only one or two nominees that you would like to vote for, then you are welcome to cast fewer votes. The voting process is democratic and after the cut-off date on the 20th, a selected group of members will be counting the votes to check and validate the votes,” says Ramabodu.

Vote for the future leaders of the association

The first General Board Meeting for the newly appointed board is set to take place on 1 August 2018. Ramabodu says it is important for members to empower themselves by voting for people who they think can contribute to the positive growth of the association.

“As members of the ASAQS, it is your duty to select the leaders that you want to see on our board. They are the people who will be tasked with addressing the various challenges and initiatives that arise among the different chapters and geographies. Peruse the CVs carefully and vote for the people who you think can take our association to greater heights,” says Ramabodu.

During the General Board Meeting on 1 August, the newly appointed board will vote for the new President of the ASAQS. While there is currently a Vice President that is prepared to take on the role as President, board members have the prerogative of putting another name forward for consideration,” says Ramabodu.

He concludes by stressing the importance of voting for the board nominees. “ASAQS board members are tasked with a number of key responsibilities, including strategically marketing the association within public and private sectors, ensuring that we are meeting our members’ needs and driving the commercial aspects of the association. Your vote counts.”

Quote of the week

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

Abraham Lincoln

Value-added tax rate increase: residential dwellings

During May and June we received several queries regarding the VAT increase and the rate applicable to dwellings started before the 1st April 2018.

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc published published a short article on the VAT rate increase and construction contracts. In it they stated that where a construction contract, in which the construction price is stated, was concluded before 1 April 2018 for the construction of a new dwelling, the construction services would attract VAT at 14% irrespective of when the construction services are rendered or completed.

One of our members wrote:

"The attached article issued by Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr refers

My queries relate to the two paragraphs headed “Construction contracts for new dwellings concluded before 1 April 2018”

  1. Where a contract for a new dwelling was concluded prior to 1 April 2018 but construction has not yet commenced (due to plan approval issues) would the VAT applicable to the contract be 14% or 15%?
  2. Where a contract for a new dwelling was concluded in December last year and construction commenced on 1 March this year would the VAT applicable to the contract (which will only be completed in February 2019) remain at 14%?
  3. Both the above examples are for luxury dwellings and the contracts were awarded after a tender process based on bills of quantities.  As the bills contain a number of Provisional Sums and PC Amounts which are still to be tendered would the subcontract tenders for the work included in these Prov. Sums and PC Amounts be subject to VAT at 14% or 15%?"

We asked Gerhard Badenhorst, Director - Tax & Exchange Control at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc whether he would clarify his viewpoint in the article and he readily agreed to not only do that, but also allow us to publish his opinion on our website.

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Directory scammers on the prowl

Have you received a phone call or e-mail to renew your entry in the telephone directory? Then be careful or you may get scammed.

I received such  a phone call last week to inform me that my listing in the telephone directory must be renewed and the lady caller then asked whether I could supply her with the relevant information. I avoid giving any details on calls that I haven't initiated and asked that the lady e-mail me the requirements.

This afternoon I received the e-mail and immediately spotted that this was for the Vaal Triangle Telephone "I" Directory. Further reading revealed that they wanted R295.00 (Excluding VAT) per month with a minimum contract period of a year. The full annual amount payable on receipt of invoice. A visit to their website exposed a sub-standard concoction of "adverts" with quite a large number of professionals listed under directory-style listings.

This type of scam came under the spotlight on Cape Talk in February and you can click here to find out more.

Those who have inadvertently signed a contract will want to read the advice of Wendy Knowler, consumer journalist as reported on Cape Talk.

And in the words of East Coast Radio's Consumer Watch: "... to businesses big and small - if you get a call about a directory listing, tread extremely carefully and ask very probing, specific questions about the offer. And inform everyone in the company not to take it upon themselves to agree to “update” any directory entry."

MLC Shines at the 2018 SAPOA Awards

We wish to congratulate MLC Construction Cost Consultants, proud winners of 8 SAPOA excellence awards across 10 diverse categories at the 2018 SAPOA Convention.

A minute of your time..

Prof. Gerrit J. Crafford, Associate Professor in the Department of Quantity Surveying at the Nelson Mandela University asks, that as per previous years, we post the links to his student’s questionnaires on the ASAQS website.

Registered quantity surveyors undertaking these surveys may claim 30 minutes in CPD category 2 for each survey completed.

Research title: Evaluating prequalification criteria in contractor selection
Purpose of the research: The purpose of this study is to establish the most important prequalification criteria in contractor selection in South Africa.
Target population: Candidate and professional quantity surveyors
Survey link:
Survey closing date: 10 August 2018

The research topics are very relevant as can be seen from the above example.

Earn some more CPD-hours by clicking here

ASAQS Elemental Class updated to V4

BIM users should take note that the files required to import the Elemental Class into Revit, Navisworks, Archicad, etc. have been updated and can be downloaded here. Two further files in .TXT and Excel format are also available for those who wish to import the classification system into other software.

BIM Competition

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:

ASAQS Annual Conference taking place 02 August 2018

Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand

Traction... gaining ground

Click here to register

Conference limited to 200 people

Construction Conundrums - The Association of Arbitrators - Durban

Some of the topics to be addressed are:
+ Professional indemnity insurance in the Built Environment
+ Rights and obligations of contractors in the face of site invasions
+ Ramifications of the death of a professional midway during a professional appointment

Venue: Garden Court Marine Parade (167 Marine Parade, Durban)
Date: 3 August 2018
Time: 14h00
Click here for more details

ASOCSA's 12th Built Environment Conference 6&7th August 2018 Durban

Call for papers. Please click here for more information.

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.

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