The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors
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Quantity Surveyors, project managers, cost engineers or anybody interested in the construction industry and built environment should find really useful information on this large web site dedicated to the quantity surveying profession in South Africa. Our Events Calendar lists seminars and events for quantity surveyors, cost engineers, project managers and other role players in the construction industry. Visit our online store to purchase contracts, documents, apparel and software or take time out to catch up on the latest "News". Browse around... we hope you enjoy your stay! Welcome. We're glad you're here.
Please participate in the following international survey based on a RECENT GREEN BUILDING PROJECT that you are participating in or have participated in within the past 2 years.
Jack Yeung wrote to us on behalf of the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors, the City University of Hong Kong and the University of Hong Kong to solicit interest among members of the surveying industry to participate in an international research project on green building assessment practices (project title: ‘Sustainable development worldwide: Assessment Standards, Policies and Costs of Green Commercial and Residential Buildings’)
The survey should not take more than 15 minutes of your time. Please click here to participate,
Upcoming EduTech courses
Gauteng - Economic Viability Studies and Reinstatement Valuations - 2 March 2017 (SOLD OUT!)
Gauteng - Leadership in the 21st Century - 7 March 2017
Gauteng - New Engineering Contract - 22 March 2017
Mpumalanga - Decision Framework for Extension of Time Claims - 9 March 2017
KZN - Decision Framework for Extension of Time Claims - 28 March 2017
WC - Decision Framework for Extension of Time Claims - 1 June 2017
You can view the details of all upcoming events and export them to your calendar from this page.
The President of the ASAQS will be visiting
Northern Cape Chapter - AGM & PRESIDENTIAL TOUR 2017 - 3 March 2017
Western Cape Chapter - Annual General Meeting No 47 for the session 2016/2017 - 14 March 2017
Click on the links above to book your attendance
The impact of discounting fees on the quantity surveying profession
Recently concluded research by M.D. Muller and R. Cumberlege examines the effect of discounting fees in the quantity surveying profession.
Muller writes: "In a very fragile South African economic climate, it is disturbing to note that professional quantity surveyors are discounting fees disproportionately, in some cases more than 40%."
Quantity surveyors are of the opinion that by discounting fees, the level of professional services required will be compromised yet almost all (94.62%) of the respondents indicated that they had practised discounting of fees!
Click here to read the full article and see the discounts that QS's are prepared to give.
Quote of the week
It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.
Google Tips & Tricks
Omit words from a search phrase
You are about to put your green fingers to the test and want some decorative pots to plant seedlings in. You decide to look on the internet to see what is available.
If you search for the word "pot" your search results will include a wide variety of items, ranging from garden pots, cooking pots, the type of pot some people smoke and even people with the surname "Pot"!
To filter out items you do not want to appear in the search results try using the minus sign i.e. "-". Searching for "pot -marijuana -cannabis -cooking" delivers very different search results.
Also take note of the suggestions that Google gives at the bottom of your search results. In this case Google suggests you also try searching for "ceramic flower pots, indoor flower pots, ceramic planters, planter pots", etc.
Council news - PSM's and APC Interviews
Exams for the current Professional Skills Modules will take place in May 2017, click here for the the timetable.
Kindly take note of the following changes for 2017:
- The online assignments / tests are no longer applicable. The Council has resolved that the multiple-choice does not really test or rather prepare the Candidates for the exams. It was then resolved that the online test be cancelled. When you register for the skills module you automatically qualify for sitting the exam, but remember that you still need to register for the exam
- Examination bookings / registration will open soon after the closing date of the PSMs bookings / registration
- Only the main examination centres will be used going forward; that is Cape Town, Durban, Gauteng, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and East London. Each centre must have a minimum of 3 exam registrations for the Council to make arrangements for a sitting
The next APC interviews will be held during the month of May 2017. If you were previously deferred, please do not submit or even apply for an interview when you have not complied with your deferral letter. If you are not sure when to apply please contact Mrs Lesley Bergström by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The next APC submission deadlines are as follows:
- Final submissions – Monday, 17th July 2017 by 12:00
- Interim and backdating submissions - Friday, 28th July 2017 by 12:00
APC Interviews tentative dates are from 18 September to 13 October 2017.
Capital Gains Tax explained
“I bought my house, which I’ve always lived in since buying it, for about R1 million in 2000, and on my auditor’s advice had it appraised in October 2001 for R1.1 million. Over the years I had about R200 000 worth of improvements done to the house. I maintained the house well and recently put it up for sale to move to a smaller townhouse. I now received an offer of R3.7 million for the house. However I understand that I might have to pay capital gains tax on the sale, and am worried about how much that may be?”
Click here to read the answer
The 10th ICEC World Congress took place in Rio de Janeiro, from October 7th to 12th last year. Region 3 was represented by four delegates from South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana. During congress regional awards were made to Prof JJP (Basie) Verster (ASAQS – South Africa) and Prof Rob Pearl (ASAQS – South Africa).
Click here to read on
New PPPFA just published
Please find attached the latest version of the PPFA which will become effective from 1 April 2017. We urge all members who do government work to become acquainted with the Act as it governs how government tenders will be adjudicated in future.
Speaking at the Black Business Council Awards in Johannesburg in September last year, President Zuma said that that the preferential procurement regulations had failed to substantially reshape the skewed ownership and control of the South African economy.
One of the main changes contained in the new preferential procurement regulations is the introduction of a subcontracting clause. If feasible to subcontract for a contract above R30 million, an organ of state must now apply subcontracting to advance designated groups. Click here to read on
The unintended consequences of discounting in the built environment
Opinion by Meggyn Marot, principal broker: professional risks at Aon South Africa
John Ruskin once said, “It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money - that's all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.”
The unintended consequences of applying a free market economy principle to an emerging market landscape with high infrastructure demands, is that we begin to feed the wrong beast. Instead of encouraging quality builds that can stand the test of time and building a future, we fail to think long-term, and we encourage the cheapest and fastest options because we want results now, and we fail to plan. The irony is that it costs us more in the long run, not just in monetary terms, but the benefits of those projects that are lost to our country and our people.
Please click here to read the rest of this article that recently appeared in Leading Architecture & Design
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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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Eat into your CPD requirements with GoLearning by clicking here.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF FORTHCOMING CONGRESSES / CONFERENCES
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:
KZN Construction Conference and Trade Expo
22nd-23rd February 2017 |Durban
Click here to register for a free ticket
3rd Annual City Development
13th-15th March 2017 | Cape Town
What you get: :Banner adverts on the ASAQS website (over 1,000,000 hits/month on average!) A Mini-ad on the ASAQS website and on the Weekend Property and Construction News (over 5,300 subscribers) Preferential exposure of your products and services Targeted marketing at only R484.50 (inclusive) per month
Don't wait, we only have a limited number of slots left.
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