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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.


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!

FREE SAPOA Architects & Quantity Surveyors Breakfast
at 07h30 on 24/05/2018 at the SAPOA Offices

The Property Development Programme (PDP), our flagship programme is jointly presented by SAPOA and the Graduate School of Business

What you will learn-
Course profile and objectives
Advantages why Architects and Quantity Surveyors should attend the programme
How you would qualify for CPD points when you attend the programme
How you can qualify for a discount to attend the programme


Click here to book your place and to obtain further information

Two and two-thirds

William Blokker-Vorster 

Congratulations to Annalie Blokker and her husband Patrick Waterson, both well-known quantity surveyors in the Western Cape who, on 20 April 2018, shared a proud moment with her son William Blokker-Vorster on obtaining his B Sc(QS) cum laude from NMMU.

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.

Click here to find out more.

Quote of the week

In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.
Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Important new resource just released

Client Guide for Improving Infrastructure Project OutcomesAn 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.

From the forewords: "...The Guide is the first of EAP’s celebratory projects marking their 20th Anniversary in 2018. Infrastructure provides the underpinning platform upon which society depends and yet in many cases the causes of infrastructure failure can be traced back to a lack of good governance, poor procurement and inadequate delivery management practices, all of which are under the control of the client. Successful infrastructure delivery isn’t just down to effective project management and the built environment professionals. The role of the client is crucial in terms of setting the direction and providing effective governance. And whilst there is plenty in the literature to support and guide the project manager, there is very little to assist the intelligent client. This Guide fills that gap comprehensively, and for the first time brings together and provides vital guidance for the Client to positively influence successful project procurement and delivery."

Professor David Root, Head of School of Construction Economics and Management, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, says: "The School commends this information rich Guide to all who have an interest in infrastructure projects i.e. practitioners, professionals, students, lecturers, researchers, decision makers and stakeholders."

Click here to download the guide

Changes to the CPAP

Please note that the page hosting CPAP information for the construction industry has been updated and the following documents are now available from there:

  1. The  CPAP Application Manual – January 2018
  2. The Work Groups Composition and Weightings of Sub-indices – January 2018
  3. The list of changes to the Work Groups Composition and Weightings of Sub-indices effective from January 2018

As you are aware, P0151 has been replaced by P0151.1 due to these changes. There is a link on the page from where readers can gain direct access to Stats SA publications.

New free resource

The ASAQS is making available a free presentation that can be used (especially by the public sector) to detail the key values that quantity surveyors can bring to infrastructure projects.

The presentation is available here.

A brief history of the standard system of measurement in South Africa

The development of standard systems of measurement in South Africa took place over many years.

T. Moore recorded the period in our history between 1905 and 1928 in his book "A brief History of Quantity Surveying Institutions in South Africa" which was published in 1929. In it, mention is made of the first published standard system in South Africa.

1906 Standard System"Some time prior to the founding of the Transvaal Society of Quantity Surveyors there had been negotiations between The Transvaal Colony Building Trades Employers ' Federation and T. Moore, Chief Quantity Surveyor, Transvaal Public Works Department, with reference to the preparation of a standard system of measurement. Subsequently at a meeting held in September, 1905, under the Presidency of C.W. Giovanetti (now C.B.E., M.L.A.) , the draft suggestion prepared by T. Moore was considered and the general principles adopted.

The Transvaal Society of Quantity Surveyors later took over the Standard System, and, in 1906, revised and published it (a small green covered book), and it continued in use until 1913."

Further editions followed sporadically that had a progressive tendency of prescribing more and more detail to be included in bills of quantities culminating in the revised fifth edition published in 1985. The committee responsible for drafting the sixth edition reversed this tendency by simplifying the Standard System as it was considered not worthwhile to spend so much time on the preparation of unnecessary comprehensive bills of quantities prescribing that quantity surveyors measure almost all material and labour to the finest detail. The sixth edition was published in 1991 followed by revisions thereto in 1999 and 2013. The 2013 revision was the first to introduce a tabulated format but did not change any of the principles of the 1999 revision apart from rectifying a few obvious errors.

The seventh edition followed soon thereafter, taking into consideration international tendencies, and with the expectation that this latest edition may also be used by countries registered with the Africa Association of Quantity Surveyors (AAQS) thereby adopting a common set of rules for the measurement of building works as result of more and more work being procured across borders by contractors and professional consultants.*

* Taken from the introduction to the Standard System of Measuring Building Work Seventh Edition Illustrated and Explained now available in our Web Shop
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:

RICS African Summit 30-31 May Sandton City

Register today:-

ASAQS Annual Conference taking place 02 August 2018
Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand

Traction... gaining ground

Click here to register

Conference limited to 200 people

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.

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