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Eastern Cape Chapter CPD - The Other Side of the Coin - 25 April 2019

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.


Aurecon’s Collaboration and Trust Series

Managing relationships to achieve the best project outcomes

Australia’s infrastructure sector is riding a wave of major projects coming to market, each one bigger and more complex than the next. So why are we seeing increasing delays, claims and even major players facing financial strain on the back of a once-in-a-generation opportunity?

In episode 1 of leading global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon’s Collaboration and Trust video series launched today, Managing Director, Infrastructure Ben Stapleton sits down with construction disputes Partner Ben Davidson from Corrs Chambers Westgarth to discuss just why it is that an industry in a period of unprecedented activity is struggling to capitalise on this demand.

“Governance, project leadership and building trust at speed is critical to project outcomes,” Aurecon’s Ben Stapleton said.

“With multiple multi-billion-dollar projects coming to market, collaboration between all stakeholders, from project owners to contractors and consultants is fundamental to getting the right outcomes from the start.”

Click here to read on...

Quote of the week

It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own.

Marcus Aurelius

Please assist with this research

Research title:
Target population
All BUILT ENVIRONMENT professionals working in the industry INCLUSIVE OF QUANTITY SURVEYORS
Survey link:
Survey closes
31 May 2019

Remember that you can claim a half hour of CPD2 after completing the survey.

Understand the law

What to do when a business opens next door to your house

Understand the law

“Our house is situated in what used to be a quiet residential suburb. Lately though, more and more businesses have started opening up around us with houses being converted into business offices. This has ruined our quiet neighbourhood and resulted in more traffic and other problems in our neighbourhood. Surely businesses cannot just open up offices in a residential area? Is there anything we can do?”

From the outset it must be clearly stated that not all businesses being operated from a residential property is illegal and unlawful. There are a number of aspects that must be considered to determine whether or not the business may be operated from a residential property or not.


Click here to find out what happened in that court case.

 ASAQS Conference 2019

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How to make social media work for you

Struggling to make social media work for your business? Three highly effective built environment influencers share their secrets.

(© This article was originally published in Modus magazine (September 2018)

President says action against the Construction Mafia imminent

Ramaphosa will act against armed gangs threatening construction, Presidency vows.
"The issues they are raising have been discussed by the recent Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Committee meeting. The President has also undertaken to set up a meeting with Safcec. Some of the matters are being handled by provinces and national already," Diko said.

CBE update on the Identification of Work (IDoW)

04 APRIL2019

Adv. Pieter FourieAdv. Pieter Fourie updated the ASAQS Board on the latest developments and progress on the ID of Work (IDoW) and the publication of guideline fees.

Two previous updates (on 28 September and 14 December 2018) alluded to a new approach to identification of work, further engagement with the Competition Commission (CC) and the regulation of the built environment professions. These matters are still relevant and are receiving ongoing attention.

We wish to share the information contained in the latest CBE update on the IDoW with our members and stakeholders in general:

It is important that stakeholders are aware of the process followed and the progress made since the previous update (14 December 2018). The desired outcome is to invite dialogue on the process and the broader issue of regulating the built environment professions.

Please click here to read on...

Dr Corné de Leeuw - tributes

Martin Smith recently paid tribute to Dr de Leeuw at the ASAQS Western Cape Chapter AGM.

Martin started his tribute by saying that he knew Corné well as they worked together for more than 30 years at C P de Leeuw Quantity Surveyors, first as junior QS and then later as one of the senior partners.

"Corné had a passion for Building and Property Economics. What we have in “The Guide to elemental cost Estimating” and “The Guide to co-ordinated economic viability studies for commercial property investments” are to a large extent the culmination of all his work, vision, etc. over the years. I was fortunate enough to assist

We spent many “all-nighters” together developing viability studies calculations, formats, presentations, etc"

This is followed by a personal tribute by Mr Des Linder, past president of the ASAQS.

Click here to read their recollections and memories of a great trailblazer for our profession.

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

In order to assist you we have added numerous new courses to GoLearning and will continue to add new courseware during the year.

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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:

RICS Summit Africa 2019
29-30 May 2019,
Maslow Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa

Following the success of the 2018 event, RICS Summit Africa returns in 2019 bringing together chief executives, CFO’s, Managing Directors and Presidents of the African built environment’s most influential organisations. This year’s theme “Investing with Impact – Collaboration and Innovation” will focus on how collaborative partnerships and impactful investment is shaping the future of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Click here to download the conference flyer

ASAQS Annual Conference 2019

Save the date: 01 August 2019 @ Cape Town

Further details: TBA


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.
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