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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.


Sona: all you need to know

The president announced that government would take a new approach to infrastructure development.

"It includes a special package of financial and institutional measures to boost construction and prioritise water infrastructure, roads and student accommodation through a more efficient use of budgeted money. As announced at the previous SONA, government has set aside R100bn to seed the Infrastructure Fund".

Ramaphosa said government was working towards institutionalising the fund, which will be managed by the Development Bank of Southern Africa.

Click here to watch the opposition parties comment on the president's dream and find out more about his plans to grow the economy

Win big by being quick!


Click on one of the links below to book your seat and stand a chance to win!

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Conference and Gala Combined

Quote of the week

Anybody who has doubts about the ingenuity or the resourcefulness of a plumber never got a bill from one.

George Meany

Earn some CP time

Two students from NMMU request your help to answer their online questionnaires:

Research title: Challenges faced by candidate quantity surveyors towards professional registration
Purpose of the research:
It is evident that the pass rate of the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) is substantially low. The objective of the research is to highlight the challenges candidate quantity surveyors are facing in registering as a professional quantity surveyor.
Target population:  Only professional quantity surveyors that have passed their APC in the last 5 years, will be requested to participate in the survey.
Survey link:
Survey closing date:
20 July 2019

Research title: The implementation of Building Information Modelling in the quantity surveying profession.
Purpose of the research:
The purpose of my research is to investigate the various components of BIM in the construction industry, more specifically within the quantity surveying profession. There are numerous barriers relating to the implementation of BIM which prohibit the successful adoption and subsequent utilisation of the new technology that is revolutionising how work is approached and executed within the industry. This research will specifically focus on the factors influencing the quantity surveying profession and their adoption of BIM.
Target population:  Only professional quantity surveyors that have passed their APC in the last 5 years, will be requested to participate in the survey.
Survey link:
Survey closing date:
19 July 2019

You can claim 1 hour of CPD 2 activity for completing these two questionnaires.

Ownership Lite. Is this the future of housing?

On Thursday the latest Mindbullet from FutureWorld caught my eye.

It was datelined 2 June 2024 and the headline read:

Sharing homes and lives, not just power drills

Housing - is this the future"Co-living has been on the block for a while, but it's no longer a fringe phenomenon. You won't see singles scouting for bachelor flats or studio apartments. Instead, digital nomads are co-living by choice, opting for shared residences that are part dorm and part hotel, giving their inhabitants private bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, but communal kitchens and living rooms.

It's quite a stretch from renting out your power drill in the sharing economy, to sharing home life 24/7, but multiple developments have helped shared living to cross the threshold.

In the past, the ultimate achievement of adulthood was to own your own home, but rising property prices in places like Amsterdam, Melbourne and Hong Kong have made this near impossible for most. For tenants, sky-high rents and inadequate housing supply have led to many sleepless nights. People claim to be feeling lonelier than ever, yet the mobility that so-called global citizens can enjoy means they prefer 'pack-up-and-go' that's easy and effortless.'

Click here to continue reading...

Meet you all on Facebook!

ASAQS on Facebook

Get to know the whose who at our annual conference and keep abreast of the latest movements within the QS fraternity by visiting our Facebook page.

Conference snippets

Looking forward to spending the morning with Daniel Silke at the ASAQS Annual Conference, 1 August 2019. He is an amazing Independent Political Analyst, Author and Keynote Speaker specializing in South African and International politics. Don't miss out!

To book one of the few remaining seats to our conference please click here.

Here is your chance to name a planetary system!

Wouldn't it be cool if a QS or someone from the South African built environment is chosen to name an exoplanet and the star it orbits? If you think you are creative enough and have a knowledge of one of our indigenous languages, this may be your chance to shine out there in the universe!

But you need to hurry.

Click here to find out how to participate

Who are we?

A commentary by Bert van den Heever

Nowadays the simple answer to most questions is GOOGLE!

Well, all but those really difficult questions like does he or she truly love me? Questions best answered by picking petals from a flower or rolling a dice... or questions that can only be answered through a firm belief- or view about the unknown.

But don't you sometimes watch the news and wonder about South Africa, about us, the people who mostly live in the cities of this beautiful land...Who we truly are?

How do we live, what are our aspirations? What problems do we face?

Click here to continue reading...

Tax incentives for employing youth in your business

“I have a young business that is developing well. But I need to appoint more staff. I’ve heard that there are tax incentives for employing youth. How do these work?”

A useful tax incentive for employing youth is ETI or Employee Tax Incentive. ETI allows you to benefit up to R12,000 per year for every qualifying youth you employ. ETI was introduced to help make it more affordable for businesses to appoint new staff and assist young job seekers to find employment. 

Through ETI, SARS subsidizes the appointment of youth by allowing a business to decrease their Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) for every qualifying youth that is hired. Businesses can decrease PAYE for up to 24 months from date of appointment. There is also no restriction on the amount of employees that you claim ETI for.

Click here to find out how you can receive a tax incentive of R92,000 for the first year you were to appoint a qualifying youth and then immediately invest in that youth by placing him/her on a learnership .

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 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.
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.