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.
Board Meeting and strategic planning
The ASAQS Board are meeting next week Monday and Tuesday (27, 28 March) to do strategic planning and hold the first Board meeting of the new financial year.
We will inform members of any decisions made during the meeting that may effect them.
The importance that regular strategic planning plays in the affairs of the ASAQS should not be underestimated. EduTech was re-born from our previous strategy and the key strategic objectives that were set in 2010. We have progressed well towards achieving most of the KSO's but there were a few that we did not progress on as well as we had hoped.
We expect that it may take a while to fully develop the new strategic vision and will keep members informed on progress as it unfolds.
We also wish to thank all members who participated in the background survey that was recently conducted. Five hundred and sixty members participated - a 20% response rate which is very high for such a survey. The information has been charted and graphed so as to inform participants of the strategic workshop on Monday on what our members think of the ASAQS.
Quote of the week
Americans detest all lies except lies spoken in public or printed lies.
Edgar Watson Howe (1853 - 1937)
Redefining the impact of project delays on cost
When it comes to delays and the assessment of delay claims, there is limited guidance available. In fact, there is no clear path in terms of managing the issue, establishing process or determining who is ultimately responsible. The result is that many unexpected delays end in disputes which can potentially impact on relationships and the success of a project. There has long been a need for the industry to have access to a simple, standardised process which walks all parties through the claim and finds equally simple answers to the problems.
Dr Hendrik Prinsloo, Course Facilitator, The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) recently explained that this need inspired the development of the Decision Support Framework, a tool designed to assist in the assessment of claims from the start, eliminating indecision and uncertainty and providing users with a clear route to resolution. Click here to read on
PAQS 2017 Abstract Submission
Abstract Submission Extended to Thursday, April 13th.
Due to numerous requests for an extension of the deadline for the call of abstracts, the PAQS 2017 organizing committee decided to make extension of deadline for abstract submission till Thursday, April 13, 2017. If you still have not done it, we invite you to give your contribute to this event, which is the premiere green event of the year.
Documents available for download:
PAQS2017 Technical Presentation and Paper Guidelines (648 KB)
PAQS2017 Best Paper Award (383 KB)
Abstracts will be presented on either Monday, July 24, 2017 or Tuesday, July 25, 2017.
Or visit PAQS2017.com/call-for-abstracts to learn more!
Google Tips & Tricks
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It’s a flexible tool that lets you create full mind maps that are easy to build, with an interface that isn’t complicated or cumbersome. Once you add it to Google Drive, it becomes yet another tool you can use as part of your entire Google Drive productivity toolbox.
Next week we show you how to add a very special project management tool to Google Drive.
Transformation in the Built Environment
SAICE recently reported that it is a misnomer that racial and related economic transformation in the civil engineering and construction sector is not happening. The numbers tell a different story.
"Government has consistently invested more than 7% of GDP annually on infrastructure development over the past 8 years, and promises of injections of trillions of Rands into future infrastructure initiatives — all to realise the objectives set out in South Africa’s National Infrastructure Plan (2012), together with the New Growth Path (2010) that promised to create 5 million jobs in 10 years, the National Development Plan and other initiatives. This clearly indicates that the ANC-led administration has embarked on an infrastructure development plan for the overall socio-economic development strategy of South Africa. In doing so, the prospect for racial and radical economic transformation remains opportune."
"How then has the sector been performing until now?"
"The data shows steady growth in the number of Black built environment practitioners in South Africa."
Figures from the SACQSP, and therefor within the QS-profession, dramatically illustrates this point:
To read the rest of this interesting article from SAICE please click here.
BOARD NOTICE 16 OF 2017
The Council wishes to engage the services of suitably qualified experienced persons to serve on Tribunals in accordance with Sections 30, 31 and 32 of Act no 49 of 2000.
The Disciplinary Tribunal must consist of at least
a) A person who specialises in the field concerning the charge.
b) A professional who has appropriate experience.
c) A person qualified in law who has appropriate experience.
Expressions of interest need to be supported by a one page C.V. emailed to
By 16h30 on 31/03/2017
Click here for more information
Prevent corruption on government projects through the use of Quantity Surveyors
Engineering News reports that: "Government will spend over R50 billion to fund national and provincial economic infrastructure requirements, according to the National Budget 2017 announced on Wednesday by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Noticably, however, according to the Auditor-General report on local government audit outcomes for the 2014-15, infrastructure was one of the items that municipalities struggled with most to correctly measure and disclose in the financial statements over the past five years."
Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu has also recently released three performance audit reports dealing with pharmaceuticals
, water infrastructure and urban renewal projects. The Auditor-General reported in some instances the required skilled personnel were not appointed at the start of a project.
|This story also reached the airwaves.
Click on the logo above to listen to
The Association for South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) says that Quantity Surveyors are best placed to stem corruption in government infrastructure projects. “The first step," says Larry Feinberg, Executive Director of ASAQS, “is for both government officials as well as the ordinary taxpayer to understand what the role of a professional Quantity Surveyor (QS) is.”
“Globally, construction projects are highly susceptible to cost-overruns, owing to a number of factors. Here in South Africa, as in many other countries, we have the additional problem of corruption, where due process is flouted in order to benefit connected individuals or companies, often during the construction process itself,” says Feinberg. “The person best placed to identify deviations from the original tender in terms of both scope and pricing is the QS and, as such, they act as the client’s watchdog. In the case of public projects, we should remember, the client is ultimately the taxpayer, whose money is being spent—or wasted, in some cases.”
Click here to continue reading the story on Engineering News
You can also read the original news release here
Who can park where in a sectional title scheme?
In the sectional title scheme where I live there is constant fighting and arguing about who may park where and who is responsible for the maintenance of these parking spaces. My question is: who decides which parts of the scheme will be allocated for parking bays, who may use them and who must maintain them?
Read more ...
Win a trip to Paris worth R125000 by doing some LCC
The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) has launched an exciting new competition to highlight the lifecycle cost benefits of stainless steel. Potential entrants i.e. engineers, architects, quantity surveyors, end-users and specifiers and members of the public need to download and use sassda’s life cycle costing (LCC) app to calculate the significant long-term maintenance savings that could have been achieved, had the Eiffel Tower been constructed from stainless steel to stand in line to win a trip to Paris worth R125 000!
Click here to find out more
Upcoming EduTech courses
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.
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
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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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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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