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Delegation from the Kenyan NCA visits ASAQS

Kenyan delegation 2018 

A delegation from the National Construction Authority (NCA) of Kenya, as well as other Kenyan Government Agencies involved in the Affordable Housing Agenda, recently visited the ASAQS head office.

The delegation visited South Africa to gain an understanding of how the SA Government has leveraged Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) for the success of construction projects.

The ASAQS invited Tony Parker to share his PPP expertise with the delegation.

The Kenyan Government has embarked on a project to construct 500,000 affordable houses by 2020 and due to its magnitude, success of this project will rely greatly on collaboration between the Government and private sector.

Through the NCA the Kenyan Government has commenced sourcing for private sector partners in construction materials supply, as well as financiers and contractors for the project. For this, drafting of joint venture and similar partnership agreements between the government and private sectors players is on course.

The QS Profession and the 4th Industrial Revolution

SACQSP Conference 2018

It is with great pleasure that the SACQSP invites you to participate in the 10th SACQSP International Research Conference, to be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosebank, Johannesburg from the 30th of September to the 1st of October 2018.

Please note that the academic workshop and the Conference icebreaker will be held on the 30th of September, and the plenaries on the 1st of October 2018.

The Conference is organised by the SACQSP and hosted by the Witwatersrand University.

The overall theme is. “The QS Profession and the 4th Industrial Revolution", which talks to the current trend of automation and data exchange in production technologies. The construction sector is far from immune for this trend and is potentially moved at risk of disruption to established processes and practices in design and site assembly arising from technologies such as additive printing and data analytics. Given that the role of the Quantity surveyors arose out of the trends of the first industrial revolution, what will be the opportunity and challenges for Quantity surveyors in South Africa as these new trends unfold?

The conference will be divided into two parallel sessions to focus on specific areas from their own perspective, with questions and answers sessions after each presentation.

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Kindly note the closing date for registration of the International Research Quantity Surveying Conference will be on the 21st September 2018.

Quote of the week

It is well to give when asked but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931), 'On Giving,' The Prophet, 1923

Speed mentoring the Wits way

On the 23rd of August 2018, the ASAQS Wits Student Chapter hosted a speed mentoring event that featured up and coming professionals in the built environment. The professionals made the time to come and share some knowledge on what to expect in the work environment with our students. The turnout was amazing with most of the attendees on their final year. We can only hope that the advice shared will help shape the direction of our members' futures.

Sphamandla Ngubeni - Candidate QS at Turner and Townsend Litsitso Nombungu - Project Manager at MMQSMACE

Article and photos supplied by the ASAQS Wits Student Chapter

Please assist and earn CPD2 hours

Two important aspects that have had a huge impact on our profession is currently being researched. Please have your say by doing the quick surveys that accompany these research areas.

Research title: The effect of Implementing Agents on the Quantity Surveying Profession
Purpose of the research: To establish whether Implementing Agents has a negative effect on the profession
Target population: Professional quantity surveyors
Survey link :
Closing date: 21 September 2018

Stefan van Zyl is conducting research for his honours degree on a subject that is a major of many practitioners. Please make your voice heard by assisting him in his research:

Target population: All professionals Quantity Surveyors working in the industry
Survey link:
Closing date: 21 September 2018

Global Construcion Costs Continue to Rise as Economies Boom

Johannesburg experiences highest construction cost inflation in Africa

The cost of global construction is set to rise by 4.3 percent during 2018 compared to 4.1 percent in 2017, as developers face the challenge of continued shortages of relevant skills to deliver an increasing number of projects, according to new research from global professional services firm Turner & Townsend.

The Turner & Townsend International Construction Market Survey 2018 identifies growing competition for labour and resources as strong economic growth in key global markets unlocks greater construction activity.  Fresh investment in infrastructure is creating significant opportunity for real estate development, and the growing disconnect between investor appetite and industry capacity to build is driving up cost inflation.

Forty-five percent of markets surveyed within the report are shown to be heating up, compared with 33 percent in 2017. Warming markets are typically characterised by a large number of projects that are pushing up prices.

New York City remains the most expensive location in which to build, with the average cost of construction in the city climbing 3.5 percent to US$3,900 per m2 in 2018.  New York is followed by San Francisco (US$3,737 per m2), Hong Kong (US$3,704 per m2), Zurich (US$3,652 per m2) and London (US$3,618 per m2).

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ASAQS Board members for 2018/19

ASAQS Board 208-2019 

Back Row - Left to Right: L.T. Hindjou (INQS – Observer); D. Narainsamy; J.P. Du Plessis; D.K. Röver (INQS – Observer); V.N. Baloyi; J.A. van den Heever; M.A. Raaff; K.A.L. Trusler (EduTech Director - Observer); A.J. Simpson; M. Verster; D. Hoffman
Front Row - Left to Right: M.P. Rwexu*; P.D. Kotzé (Finance); C. Bown (Vice President); L.E. Feinberg (Executive Director); Y.G.H.A. Bayat (President); Dr. M.S. Ramabodu (Immediate Past President); K.F. Skinner (Deputy Vice President); T.R. Pule
Absent: L.F. Ferreira; C. Ferreira

* Mr. Litha Makubalo replaced Mr Rwexu as Border Chapter Representative after this photograph was taken

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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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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  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:

Rode Conference 2018

The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors has validated this programme as a Category One CPD programme and carries a CPD credit of 6 hours. (Please request registration form from

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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

The early bird rate is available until Friday 28 September.

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Please also note that under Australia’s universal visa system all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia. This visa can take some time to process so please ensure you apply for your visa well in advance of your intended date of travel to Australia. 


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