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ASAQS Annual Conference 2018 - TRACTION... Gaining Ground

The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors

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AECOM Cost Guide

AECOM Cost Gude

Through their legacy practices, the AECOM AFRICA PROPERTY AND CONSTRUCTION COST GUIDE 2018 (29th Edition) has been published for many years. It is the result of ongoing cost research and is made available to clients and colleagues as a service to the property and construction industry. They are proud to know that it is respected within the industry.

AECOM is delighted to share their cost guide with clients and colleagues through the ASAQS web site.Readers are encouraged to contact AECOM directly, should they wish to positively contribute to make the publication even more respected and relevant in the future.

AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm. It designs, builds, finances and operates infrastructure assets around the world for public and private sector clients. In Africa, AECOM has offices in more than 20 countries, including Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa and Uganda. With top-level professionals in multiple locations; AECOM understands Africa's specific infrastructure needs, as well as the challenges of working on the continent. Its multidisciplinary teams of award-winning engineers, planners, architects, environmental specialists, economists, scientists, consultants, and quantity surveyors (cost), project- and programme-managers are committed to delivering projects that improve the quality of life of communities throughout Africa, and are within budget.

The ASAQS wishes to thank AECOM for sharing this valuable resource with our members and the visitors to our website. Even the general public can find interesting facts in this edition. Did you know that you can build a prestige house in Johannesburg for about a third of what it would cost you in San Fransisco and a quarter of what it would cost in London? (Prices on page 54 of the guide)

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Quote of the week

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics..

Benjamin Disraeli

It's all in the figures

Leading on from Disraeli's quote for this week about there being three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics...

What Benjamin failed to see is that sometimes statistics can tell us a story.

The latest General Household Survey (released 21 June 2017) tells me a story of progress and of hope, that despite all the politicking and corruption, over 80% of households now live in formal dwellings and that 97,7% of households in metros now have access to tap water.

You will be able to garner interesting facts from the survey that could be useful in business strategy. Did you, for-instance, know that there are 15,61million cell phone owners compared to only 1,34million land-line owners? That the most people dissatisfied with the build-quality of their RDP houses live in the Western- and Northern Cape? That there are more people connected to electricity in the Northern Cape than in any other province? Another surprising statistic is that only 8,4% of our population speak English inside the household

The survey contains numerous graphs showing how things have changed over the past 15 years. Our dependence on electricity is illustrated in the figure below. Almost 78% of households now use electricity to prepare their meals compared to about 58% in 2002.  Over the same period the use of wood and paraffin has reduced dramatically while the use of gas has doubled.

Energy used in cooking

The GHS is an annual household survey conducted by Stats SA since 2002. The survey is an omnibus household-based instrument aimed at determining the progress of development in the country. It measures, on a regular basis, the performance of programmes as well as the quality of service delivery in a number of key service sectors in the country.

"The GHS covers six broad areas, namely education, health and social development, housing, households’ access to services and facilities, food security, and agriculture. This report has three main objectives: firstly, to present the key findings of GHS 2017. Secondly, it provides trends across a sixteen-year period since the GHS was introduced in 2002; and thirdly, it provides a more in-depth analysis of selected service delivery issues." (From the forward to the latest edition)

Please click here to find out more...

(Contribution by Bert van den Heever)

Congratulations to MW&S!

During the month of May 2018, Mbatha Walters and Simpson received the PMR.Africa 2018 Diamond Arrow Award in the category of medium-sized quantity surveying companies after a national survey was conducted on quantity surveyors in South Africa.

This is the 17th consecutive year for MW&S to receive a prestigious PMR.Africa award for Excellence, voted as one of the top quantity surveying companies in the measured category, with emphasis on the Diamond Arrow which they have been awarded 7 times over the years.

ASAQS Conference 2018

SACQSP recognizes the importance of mentoring

Registered mentors may now claim 5 Category 1 hours per year, per candidate, if that candidate is listed under their mentorship. This amendment to the CPD policy will be welcomed by all practitioners who have candidate QS's in their employ.

The Council's CPD Officer, Rebecca Mohlabane, issues certificates of good standing. Should you require one of these please send her an e-mail at and she will gladly assist.

In order to receive a 2018/19 certificate of good standing, you need to have submitted 15 category 2 hours for 2017 and 10+ category 1 hours. Category 1 needs to have either a certificate of attendance, register or letter from the institution in order for the SACQSP to approve the hours.

ASAQS Elemental Class updated to V3

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

New dawn for delivering complex infrastructure development projects

Quantity Surveyors are aiming to play a crucial role in getting “frozen” infrastructure development projects back on track. “Municipal managers and classically trained accountants are currently expected to deliver complex projects,” says Larry Feinberg, Executive Director of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS). “Not only is this expectation unfair on them without them having received the proper training; it’s also part of the reason why some large infrastructure development projects have been suspended or have ground to a halt.”

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Development of a State Owned Construction Contract

National Treasury recently conducted a review of state institutions’ contract management systems, and one of the areas identified as part of enhancement for contract management is the construction industry and the use of the current Standard form of Construction Contracts.

On this basis, they are currently conducting an on-line survey to collect data and ascertain areas of needs and challenges.

The ASAQS was represented at a workshop held in March this year, where Treasury indicated that stakeholder involvement and input is a significant aspect of this exercise. We therefor ask our members to please participate in this survey and give their considered opinion where the survey permits one to do so. Some of the key issues to consider when answering the survey will be whether you believe that transformation should be encapsulated in the construction contract or in the procurement process or whether the current JBCC, NEC or FIDIC contracts apportion risk fairly between the contractor, consultants and employer?

Click here to view the request and complete the survey

The guide most clients should have:

Client Guide for Improving Infrastructure Project Outcomes




An invaluable resource was made available to the built environment by the author, Dr. Ron Watermeyer, through the sponsors, Engineers Against Poverty (EAP) and the School of Construction Economics and Management, University of the Witwatersrand.

Click here to download the guide

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

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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
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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


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