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2014 YEAR END MESSAGE: PRESIDENT OF THE ASAQS

Friday, 12 December 2014  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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The end of the year is indeed a milestone, a time to take stock of objectives and resolutions set at the onset of the New Year. It is our time to sit and reflect on the battles that we have fought. It is also a time to consider the value that we have added to all on whose lives we have impacted on!

We reflect on the good friends we have made, and the good friends we have lost, wondering how we could have approached situations differently.

As an Association we set out at the beginning of the year to ensure that the Educational and Training requirements of our members are adequately supported, and as such, the Edutech wing was put in place. It so ably provided many a CPD functions throughout the Provinces. We are indeed grateful to the Edutech Committee. Our great appreciation and well wishes go to Mr. Boshoff whose efforts saw Edutech kick-off to a recognized division of the ASAQS Office. The ASAQS will greatly miss him as he has left to take up assignment elsewhere in Africa!

A successful conference was held in Pretoria this year as a joint initiative with the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession. This indicated an enhanced working relationship between the Voluntary Association and Statutory Council. The healthy relationship can only be positive for the Profession in general and the ASAQS in particular!

The Board’s efforts at recruiting for a Marketing Manager; deserves mention, whilst this task remains to be completed, we believe 2015 will bear fruit to the efforts spent thus far.

The Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC) has been hard at work to produce sector specific codes! Special Mention of appreciation should go to our Executive Director and the Immediate Past President who have championed the ASAQS contributions to CSCC. Whilst the process continues, the efforts to date are highly commendable.

We are most grateful of Mr. Chris de Wet who served on Exco and the Board till recently; his contribution was a huge value to the profession.

I would further like to thank the Executive Director and his dedicated team for the excellent work in attending to the various requests from members and the public, and in supporting the ASAQS Board and its Chapters.

To all our members that have taken the time to attend to any initiative of the Board or Chapters – we are most grateful. Such attendance remains the greatest acknowledgment of the efforts of these committee members who give their time for free.

Of course, there might have been deviant instances where some member expectations were not met; we hope we can all work towards improving such, for better positive results in the New Year!

As we face 2015, I would like to wish you a well-deserved rest and I hope that you will be able to recharge for a better 2015.

I also like to wish a Merry Christmas to our Christian Members and friends and a safe and joyful festive season to all.

On behalf of Exco and the ASAQS Board, I wish you well, and look forward to a 2015 that will enhance the QS Profession through improved Technical Support, Visibility of the Profession and Membership, and the Discipline and Professionalism of our members.

Thank you,

O Dhliwayo