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QS in the blood

Friday, 05 February 2016  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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Dr Stephan Ramabodu, Vice President of the ASAQS, is on a mission to bolster the role of the quantity surveyor in the infrastructure delivery supply chain he told The Civil Engineering Contractor during a recent interview.

They asked him how he managed to travel the path from a previously disadvantaged background to where he now is with his own QS business and also lecturing at the University of the Free State?

Stephan told The Civil Engineering Contractor that he did garden work from Grade 10 onwards to enable him to finish his matric. His mother worked as a domestic for Prof. Bennie Viljoen who was a lecturer at UFS and who offered him a bursary for a BSc (Food Science) which he turned down as his dream was to become a medical doctor. At that stage he never dreamt of becoming a QS.

He explained how he changed course: "While studying at University of the Free State, I used to walk to campus past a construction site where my late uncle used to work. Now and then I would ask him for some money for food or transport. One day he said he would like me to meet one of the "smartest guys on site" – a quantity surveyor. It was the first time I had heard about quantity surveying. That made me curious and I started reading about the profession and doing enquiries.

To read how Prof Basie Verster and Anthony Porter assisted him on the road to success please click here.

Interview courtesy of The Civil Engineering Contractor magazine