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The ASAQS promise: Investing in your skills, the future, and the QS profession

Saturday, 18 January 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors

18 January 2020

Dear ASAQS member,

The ASAQS has a proud history of serving the interests of the Quantity Surveying profession and construction industry in South Africa. For going on 120 years we have consistently acted in the public’s best interest and proactively represented our members in all aspects of the built environment, both locally and abroad.

As a non-profit and income tax-exempt association, our focus is on creating consistent value for our members.  We measure the success of our delivery of this value through membership fee collection rates and I am grateful to share with you that the ASAQS remains – during economically tough market conditions – one of the very few construction industry associations with a membership collection rate of 90%.

Over the past five years, the ASAQS board, committee members, staff and volunteers have continued to ensure that the interests of our profession are confidently represented at all major construction industry forums, government department committees and sector stakeholder engagements. In an ailing economy in desperate need of local and international investment and where wasteful expenditure and corruption continues to cripple the country’s infrastructure development, the need for qualified and experienced Quantity Surveyors on construction projects has never been greater. The ASAQS will continue to persistently advocate and promote the immense value that Quantity Surveyors can provide to the government and fiscus in ensuring that procurement, expenditure, project savings and overall cost control is brought into sharp focus.

In 2020, the ASAQS will vigorously resume its media campaign for a national infrastructure spend that is managed efficiently, competently and honestly. We will continue to speak out against corruption, mismanagement, incompetence, and the growing threat of mafia-style tactics such as intimidation that has taken hold within our industry.

Furthermore, another top priority on our agenda is the central issue of late payments and overdue accounts by municipalities and other government departments. ASAQS President, Christelle Bown, will distribute a survey to members to find out more about the pervasiveness of late- and non-payments and its impact on the industry within the next few months.

The successful EduTech division, which during 2019 has begun to bring affordable and convenient CPD to members through online webinars, is set to add more bespoke courses to its suite of online learning modules through the year. The planned release of the Measurement of Electrical and Mechanical as well as the finalization and publication of the new International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS) are some of the technical documents that we are looking forward to publishing for our members this year

The increasingly successful ASAQS Annual Conference – held in Cape Town last year – sold out weeks before the event and saw robust conversations shared between key stakeholders in the built environment. This year the conference will return to a new venue in Gauteng and we look forward to hosting, inspiring and impressing you.

I would like to thank all provincial ASAQS Chapters, Board Representatives and all of our valued members for your continued support of our organization. We will continue to focus on strengthening our cooperation with relevant industry bodies in 2020, and we hope to give you more feedback, opportunities and value than ever before.

Regards

Larry Feinberg