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Presidential Message

Dear Member,

As the year draws to a close, I’ve been compelled to reflect on all the highs and lows that have affected our country, industry, and the future of Quantity Surveying in the country. I’m not breaking any news when I say that we are operating in a tough economic climate, but a handful of articles and forecasts indicate that there are signs of recovery in the market.

A concern that is at the top of my mind is that many professionals have moved to pursue opportunities abroad. Even in times of positive change, built environment professionals will be forced to do more with less if we want to assist the Government in future-proofing the country with human-centric infrastructure that meets the needs of our people.

A step in the right direction has been the progress made by the newly appointed Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Patricia de Lille. Not only is Minister de Lille open and willing to listen to the public outcry of professionals in the built environment, but service providers are being paid following her investigation into the nonpayment of invoices within the stipulated 30-day period. There is still a way to go to transform the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure into a flourishing Government department, but I feel hopeful with Minister de Lille steering its direction and strategy. As professionals from the various disciplines within the construction sector join forces and increase collaboration, we will continue to have a stronger voice when we approach Government about the challenges we face. ASAQS Members can expect a follow-up survey on the issue of non-payment of invoices so that we can make further inroads into determining who the non- and late-payers are in the industry. This survey will also be circulated to other Built Environment Professionals through their respective Associations and Institutes, which will represent one of the first collaborative efforts to address our industry’s collective challenges. One of my hopes for 2020 is that fewer built environment professionals will be doing work for which they are not compensated.

I am also excited to be a part of the committee that is being formed to align present ASAQS documentation with the International Construction Measurement System (ICMS). Reporting and costing methods used in the construction industry have significant variance according to the market, which impedes transparency, increases investment risk and makes it difficult for developers and clients across the globe to compare projects. I believe that an international standard which aims to provide greater global consistency in construction costing will benefit Quantity Surveyors, clients and Government.

The ASAQS is working with Universities and student chapters to create more awareness about our profession and the important role we fulfil in construction development. My goal is for school learners to have Quantity Surveying on their list of booths to visit when they attend University Open Days because they are interested in learning more about the degree and career.

Throughout my term, I will focus on supporting the ASAQS team in putting actionable goals to our strategies. I am humbly at the Board and Members’ service and I would like to encourage you to have the liberty to make suggestions on how we can improve our service offering and make Quantity Surveying more rewarding.

Have a restive and blessed holiday season.

Christelle Bown

Quote of the week

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.

Calvin Coolidge

Last issue of 2019

We wish to advise that this will be the final update of the ASAQS website this year and that the final edition of the Weekend property and Construction News will be sent this weekend.

We wish to thank all our readers and subscribers for their continued support and the kind words of encouragement we received during the year.

We wish you all a peaceful and blessed break and pray that 2020 will provide our leaders with clear vision, goals and purpose to unite our country on the path of success.

Please assist with this important research

Research title: Improving the employability of built environment graduates in South Africa to meet the needs of the construction industry.
Objective or purpose of the research: This research will determine the possible outcomes of improved graduate employability in meeting the expectations of the South African construction industry.
Target population: Built environment professionals including Quantity Surveyors, Engineers, Construction Project Manager, Construction Managers and Architects.
Survey link:
Survey closing date: 15th December 2019.

An update from the recent ASAQS Board Meeting

By Christelle Bown - President 2019/20

The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) held its annual Board Meeting on 6 November. Here is an overview of the discussions, decisions and updates from the meeting:

External and international liaisons

The ASAQS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) on 1 August 2019. We will potentially offer training assistance to MBSA members and we will continue to focus on strengthening our cooperation with the MBSA. We are also in the process of drafting a MOI with the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) and the first draft of this agreement should be completed by the end of this year.

Internationally, the ASAQS has been accepted as an Associate Member of the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS). Our active participation in this board of established international bodies will strengthen the proud and competent standing of all professional quantity surveyors in South Africa.

Internal news, praise and progress

Edutech was once again congratulated on delivering a successful ASAQS conference, which was held in Cape Town in August. Edutech, together with a sub-committee, is updating current documents and will compile a guideline for the use of the International Construction Measurement Standards.

The ASAQS “Fees Committee”, which is chaired by Dr Stephan Ramabodu, met with senior representatives of the Competitions Commission. This created a much-needed platform for issues from both sides to be clarified and the Competitions Commission commended us for initiating this discussion. The Fees Commission is drafting a document for consideration and discussion by the Commission.

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Universal Design, Universal Access and Reasonable Accommodation in the Built Environment

"This month highlights National Disability Rights Awareness, recognising the contribution that people with disabilities have made to the founding of democratic South Africa. South Africa has an intimate relationship with the global disability rights movement; the beginnings of the social model of disability are evident in Nelson Mandela’s 1964 Rivonia trial speech, long before the rest of the world woke up to the revolutionary concepts of disability inclusion in the 1980’s. It is therefore hardly surprising that South Africa was probably the first country in the world to recognise disability equality as a Constitutional issue, alongside race, gender and other defining rights."

Amanda Gibberd is director of Universal Design and Universal Access in Public Transport at the Department of Transport. Her article in the latest (November 2019) issue of the CBE Bulletin is recommended reading for all professionals and contractors.

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The EduTech Q&A

We received the following query from one of our members:

I refer to clause 12 in the Standard System under the section Concrete, Formwork and Reinforcement which says, “Formwork to columns projecting beyond the perimeter of the concrete structure shall be given separately stating the projection”.

Attached (below) is a drawing showing a rectangular column which projects beyond the perimeter of the concrete structure. The column is 12 m in height overall. Please indicate the correct method of measuring same.

According to The Standard System of Measuring Building Work Edition 7, should the formwork be measured:

(a) Stating the projection and giving the total height from top of base (bearing level) to the top of the column?
(b) Stating the projection and stating the total height above bearing level, the bearing levels taken between the concrete slabs?
(c) Should the area of formwork be measured through the slabs?

To find out what the Standard System requires from you click here.

EduTech is there to provide our members with technical support. If you have a query please log in on your profile and visit the EduTech Technical Information/ Technical Query page to send your question to us. Your question is posed to our panel of wise men and an answer is compiled and sent back to you FREE OF CHARGE!

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:

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