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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.


Welcome 2019!

We wish all our members, friends and colleagues the very best for the coming year.

Our offices re-open on the 14th January.

Our Executive Director on Moneyweb Radio - 20 December 2018

Moneyweb interviewQuantity surveyors in place could root out corruption on construction projects, says association.

To listen to Larry Feinberg - Executive Director, Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) being interviewed on Moneyweb Radio, please click here.



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ASAQS granted Associate Membership status at recent PAQS Board Meeting

The Executive Director, along with other senior staff members recently attended the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) Board meeting in Sydney, Australia. The PAQS is an international association whose board members are representatives from fully-fledged Quantity Surveying associations that fall within the Asia Pacific area or border the Pacific Ocean.

PAQS Board meeting
During the run-up to this aforementioned board meeting it was highlighted that South Africa has attended the PAQS Board meetings since its inception 22 years ago – albeit with the status of “non-voting Observer Organisation”. This is due to South Africa not being a country that falls within the Asia Pacific Area or shares a border with the Pacific Ocean – a PAQS constitutional requirement.

Historically, South Africa has continuously maintained its ardent support for the PAQS since its inception in the early 1990’s. South Africa has also regularly contributed to the many and varied technical committees of the PAQS over the last 22 years. Our association has always understood the strategic and academic significance of maintaining strong ties with the 14 countries whose associations compose the PAQS Board.

Significantly, over the last few years, and through the ASAQS’s active participation on this forum, our association has signed Memorandums of Understanding Agreements (MOU’s) with Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Canada.

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Turn 2018 traction into 2019 attraction

The ASAQS membership fee collection rate for this year is at 91.5% – slightly below the previous year’s collections when compared to December 2017. This collection rate is made possible by the continued support of professionals like yourself. We are very grateful for your dedication to the ASAQS, especially in the current phase the built environment finds itself.

This phase can only be described by the buzzword VUCA: volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity. The past year contained immense highs and immense lows for South Africa, and 2019 will most probably be more of the same.

In times of uncertainty the only sure choice we have is what we think and do until a down cycle turns upwards again. While it may seem more realistic to adopt a downcast attitude, in the long run it is better to keep a balanced view and to consider current struggles together with past victories.

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In memoriam Johan Liebetrau

It is with great sadness we inform you of the heartbreaking news of the death of NEA (Nabih Elias Azzam & Partners) Dubai Director, Mr. Johan Liebetrau. We have been informed that he passed away on the 9th December during his vacation in the Maldives due to a heart attack.

Johan had a career that spanned over thirty-five (35) years in the Quantity Surveying profession. He approached each project as a new challenge to deliver to the satisfaction of the Client.

The formative first 19 years of his career were spent employed by one of the largest South African Quantity Surveying practices, Farrow Laing & Partners (later re-named Davis Langdon).

In 2000, he resigned from Farrow Laing to establish a Quantity Surveying practice together with four other colleagues. The practice was known as Mahlati Quantity Surveyors.

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ASAQS in the news

Some of the articles that appeared in the press during 2018 were:

2018 Trends from a Quantity Surveyor's perspective - Civil Engineering

Not all hope is lost - RACA Journal

QS Association: change irregular expenditure by changing the watchdog - Concrete Trends

Can QSs Help get "frozen" infrastructure projects back on track? -Floors in Africa

International CM standards to be adopted in SA? - To Build

Impossible in possible is just an opinion - Construction World

New dawn for delivering complex infrastructure - Construction World

Consider more than initial costs when building
New ASAQS Guide to Life Cycle Costing 2018 document
to assist built environment professionals
- Hartland Nuus/News

Training for built environment professionals -  Walls & Roofs in Africa

Insights from the annual ASAQS conference - Floors in Africa

BIM competition tests quantity surveyors and industry practices - PositionIT

Lower priced building projects could be putting clients at risk - Commercial & Industrial Property News

Complexities of obtaining development funding - Commercial & Industrial Property News

To read the rest please visit our Press Clippings Page

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ASAQS on air

Many of our members do not always have the opportunity to listen to the radio interviews or read all the articles that appear in the press emanating from the ASAQS. We bring you some radio clips and we are currently updating our press clippings to bring you a selection of articles that appeared in the press this year.

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.

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Targeted - do courses according to your needs

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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:

No conferences listed at present


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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.