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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.


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

Quote of the week

Parents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore.

Ogden Nash (1902 - 1971)

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.”

According to Feinberg the ASAQS has been in talks with senior government officials and other industry bodies to create solutions that can assist with training and professional support to those charged with delivering these projects.

“Training on the use of standards documentation is but one of the areas where Professional Quantity Surveyors can be of assistance,” explains Feinberg. “Deploying Professional Quantity Surveyors to upper echelons in government is one of the mechanisms that can be used to good effect to educate officials on good governance in procurement, bidding and tendering processes, and the complex process of managing the construction process from a cost control point of view.”

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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

Retention payments and VAT

EduTech has received a number of queries regarding the recent change in the VAT rate.

We wish to refer you to our article published in mid-March entitled "A practical approach to the VAT rate increase to 15% on 1 April 2018"

In that article we stated that: "For projects where retention is applicable. The amount of retention held (excluding VAT) as at the 31st March 2018 must be accurately recorded. This amount will attract 14% VAT when released. All retention (excluding VAT) accumulated and held thereafter, will attract 15% VAT when released."

Some contractors have challenged this interpretation but it is one that KPMG confirms in a more recent article: South Africa: Retention payments and VAT.

Opportunity for all firms interested in doing work in the Western Cape

The ASAQS was asked to invite all it's members who wish to be placed on a panel of service providers for various construction documents to collect procurement documents in Cape Town.

Full details are available to members who sign in on their profile and visit our Leads to Business page.

Proper construction site management techniques

How the application of proper construction site management techniques can reduce your impact on the community and environment

Any construction site has a million moving parts to it, so this means that there is a lot that can go wrong. Construction sites and projects are incredibly dynamic and they change constantly, sometimes on an hourly basis.  This article focuses on just a few of the basics of how you can minimise your impact on the public and surrounding communities.

During a commercial construction project, neighbouring communities and members of the public are affected by the project in many ways. Proper construction site management not only includes elements like organising contractors and changing the skyline of a city, it also encompasses managing the impact of your building project on the neighbourhood in which you are constructing.

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ASAQS Conference 2018

SMM7 illustrated and explained - not only for students

In SMM6 paintwork in colours which had a value of 7 or less on the Munsell system in accordance with the  relevant SABS specification was given separately or may have been given as an extra over paintwork in other colours.

The Natural Colour System (NCS), is a logical colour notation system which builds on how humans see colour  The South African Standard (SANS 1091),adopted the NCS in 2004.  The Standard System of Measuring Builders Work Seventh Edition aligned itself with the national standard and MR 4 now makes provision that paintwork shall be classified in the various colour groups of "White", "Pastel", "Deep" and "Transparent".

The image to the left indicates how, in SMM7 Illustrated and Explained, the NCS is explained. You could also try and Google the answer but I can assure you it is far easier just to pick up your copy of the illustrated standard system.

Why wait? Order your copy now. Members should remember to sign in first as our Firms save R338,00 on the normal price by signing in before purchase!

Commercial Management – Infrastructure Programme

Gain a competitive edge in infrastructure and meet the growing skills demand by developing your commercial management proficiency and knowledge by doing this online course presented by the RICS.

Structured over six months, learners work through units made of topical and related e-learning material, practical case studies, reading content as selected by the dedicated course tutors and discussion questions that prompt peer to peer sharing, building a strong networking opportunity and best practice learning area for all learners.

The course kicks off on the 27th June and then again on the 6th November 2018.

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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.

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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


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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While the ASAQS aims to ensure that its publications represent best practice, the ASAQS does not accept or assume any liability or responsibility for any events or consequences thereof that derive from the use of documents or any other materials, software or resources as they are only intended to provide general guidance to those who wish to make use of it. Such publications, software or resources are provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied including but without limitation to warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement.