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The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors

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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.


Simply the best! (Student Society)

The ASAQS Wits Student Chapter was awarded the 'Most Outstanding Student Society in an Academic Cluster' at the 2019 Wits Student Leadership Awards held on Thursday. Congratulations to the outgoing Chairperson and the ASAQS WSC Executive and Subcommittee for the incredible leadership and dedication that they displayed this year!

Do the Engineers have a better code than us?

The South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession is in the process of amending the Code of Professional Conduct in an attempt to cement the utmost protection of the Quantity Surveying Profession and the general public.

The Council requires the assistance of the profession, stakeholders and members with the amendments to the Professional Code of Conduct.

The link above is the current Code of Conduct we encourage members and stakeholders to peruse the Code of Professional Conduct and forward all suggestions and comments to

You may also want to compare our code of conduct to the code adopted by the engineers.

There are subtle differences.

The Code of Professional Conduct for Registered Quantity Surveyors places the control of the business entity under the control of a registered person by stating: " A quantity surveying practice shall be controlled by two-thirds registered Professional Quantity Surveyors in terms of number, shareholding directorship and voting power whereas the Code for Registered Engineers seems to be silent on how the business entity is controlled as long as the work is carried out by a registered person.

Which is the better solution? Have your say by writing to

Industry Update

New Tender Value Ranges come into effect on 05 October 2019 following their publication in Government Gazette 42561, Notice 357 of 5 July 2019. The CIDB has issued notes to clients and contractors providing guidelines for implementation of the new tender value ranges. The tender value adjustments seek to escalate the ranges in line with inflation. For instance, Grade 7 contractors are now able to tender for projects with tender values up to R60,000,000.00 (previously they were pegegd at R40million).

Countdown to disaster


The ASAQS expresses concern regarding late- and non-payment by national, provincial and municipal government

The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) contucted a survey that showed that the majority of Quantity Surveyors experience late- or non-payment of contractors on national, provincial and municipal projects. ASAQS President Christelle Bown presented the survey findings during a panel discussion at the 2019 Master Builders Annual Congress, which was held on 9 September in Johannesburg.

“Over 140 ASAQS members participated in the survey, with the majority of respondents saying they experience late and non-payment on government projects. The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Patricia de Lille, recently said that her department had paid R106-million in outstanding invoices. While this is a step in the right direction, it is still only a drop in the ocean of the R6-billion of government debt, that needs to be paid to contractors and professionals in the built environment,” says Bown.

The survey also highlighted that the Eastern Cape and Gauteng were the provinces where their members experience the most payment-related problems from government entities.

08 OCTOBER 2019

Government’s plan to get rid of pit latrines and fix mud schoolsSchool kitchen

The Eastern Cape department of education has welcomed plans by national government to get rid of pit latrines and fix mud schools in the province as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa a few weeks ago.

City Press has been reporting about the number of schools with improper structures – most of them built of mud, sticks, asbestos and corrugated iron.

Read the complete article here

11 OCTOBER 2019

Dozens of Eastern Cape school upgrades abandoned

Algoa FM reports that:

Contractors have abandoned more than 50 major school upgrade projects in the Eastern Cape after government departments failed to pay them on time.

Many of these schools have been stripped of valuable materials and vandalised after being abandoned.

Read the complete news item here

12 OCTOBER 2019

How much longer will taxpayers be expected to foot the bill for the disasters caused by bungling government departments? How much longer can consultants and contractors survive under these trying conditions?

Quote of the week:

History is the short trudge from Adam to atom.

Leonard Louis Levinson

QS in the news

From quantity surveyor to heading 2 firms: Sandi Mbutuma is engineering value

As reported by in City Press

‘I was a single mum, depending on my salary, and had to prepare myself that as an entrepreneur I was my own personal assistant, my own tea lady, my own everything’

From the streets of East London’s Mdantsane to the leader of two companies, Sandi Mbutuma is building a reputation in the construction sector.

A single child, Mbutuma was fortunate to have had an opportunity to have her career path plotted out for her in high school.

“When I was at Cambridge High School in East London, we went to a career guidance and assessment programme at the then University of Port Elizabeth.

“Before that programme, I wanted to be a dentist. After a week of assessments, we sat down with professionals and they found my personality was more inclined to analysing quantity, which was not far off from my second option of accountancy.

“From then on I knew what to work towards academically,” she says.

Mbutuma’s numerical literacy at school was a good springboard for her as she met the requirements for entry into the quantity surveyor programmme at Durban’s ML Sultan Technikon.

Sadly, it lasted only a year because she was physically abused by a fellow student.

“I did my first year there but I was manhandled and physically abused by a male student. My parents took a decision to look for an institution that was more likely to offer protection,” she says.

It was then that she enrolled at the Wits Technikon (now the University of Johannesburg’s Doornfontein campus) to do her first year again.

“The high number of dropouts is partly because pupils have a certain picture of what the career should be, but when they get to varsity they’re shocked. And at that point you are already in a new environment. I remember in my first class, I could not switch on a computer, so I raised my hand and said my computer was not working. The lecturer had to switch it on because I was too embarrassed to say I didn’t know how to,” she says.

Please click here to read how Sandi went on to win the Young Business Achiever Award in 2013 and start Azarro Quantity Surveyors two years later


Please urgently complete this student survey

Student: Miss Abongile Noqayi

Research title: The implementation of lean management as a tool to increase competitiveness

Purpose of the research: This study aims to investigate the most recurrent barriers to the implementation of lean management as a competitive tool in QS firms. Despite a few studies directed towards strategic planning and competitive strategy implementation, limited research has been conducted with the intent to investigate the impediment of competitive strategy implementation in Quantity Surveying firms.

Target population: Professional quantity surveyors in a managerial position in a QS firm

Survey link:

Survey closing date: 25 October 2019

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.

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New courses added to GoLearning

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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:

Project Controls Expo

Where: London
When: 12 -13 November 2019
Project Controls Expo 2019 - The largest international Project Control event featuring expert international speakers presenting Masterclass sessions, Case studies, Technical presentations, SME (Subject Matter Expert) Panels, Megaprojects sessions along with Partner showcase, Project Controls job fair and exclusive Awards night.

The Project Controls Expo will also be held in Melbourne, Australia on 25-26 November 2019. Further details can be found at:


What you get: :Banner adverts on the ASAQS website (over 60,000 page views/month on average!) A Mini-ad on the ASAQS website and on the Weekend Property and Construction News (over 10,700 subscribers) Preferential exposure of your products and services Targeted marketing at only R425.00 (excluding VAT) per month.
Don't wait, we only have a limited number of slots left.

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