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An update from the ASAQS Board Meeting held on 6 November 2019

Friday, 06 December 2019  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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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.

The Board was informed that Elizabeth Mbanjwa has resigned from the ASAQS. Elizabeth’s portfolio dealt with member registration and we are currently creating a revised portfolio for this position, which will include a significant Public Relations component.

Chapter news, membership fees, salary survey results

We would like to thank all the provincial ASAQS Chapters who submitted reports about their activities. The Chapter Board Representatives who attended the Board meeting will report back to their respective committees. ASAQS Executive Director, Larry Feinberg, has requested that all Chapters submit their proposed budgets for the 2020/2021 financial year as soon as possible so that grant transfers can be completed by the end of February 2020.

The ASAQS’ membership collection figures stand at 88.7% of all invoiced members. This collection rate compares to 90.7% at the same time last year. This small but significant drop is likely due to the current economic pressures that the construction sector is under.

Larry Feinberg reported to the Board that the response to the annual salary survey was once again poor this year. I would like to call upon all members to please participate in this important survey as it serves as a valuable guide to employers and employees as well as potentially be used to formulate more accurate recommended fees scales.

The ASAQS website relaunch is also underway and we are excited to unveil the new look in the near future.