Conference Alert: Joint CIB W099 and TG59 International Safety, Health, and People in Construction Conference – 11-13 June 2017

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Joint CIB W099 and TG59 International Safety, Health, and People in Construction Conference under the theme “Towards better Safety, Health, Wellbeing, and Life in Construction” – Cape Town, South Africa, 11-13 June 2017

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A Joint International Council for Building (CIB) W099 and TG59 International Safety, Health, and People in Construction Conference is being held in the city of Cape Town, South Africa, from the 11 to 13 of June 2017. The theme and title of the conference, which is being co-hosted by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT), is ’Towards better Safety, Health, Wellbeing, and Life in Construction’.

The review committee for this scientific conference has accepted 58 papers from
authors representing many countries worldwide. The presentation of these will be
preceded by keynote addresses on Day 1 and Day 2 – Peri, Mangosuthu University
of Technology, Construction Industry Development Board (cidb), and Federated
Employers Mutual Assurance (FEM). A ‘notable’ speaker will address the Welcome
Function on Sunday evening, and so too the Gala Conference Dinner on Monday

Two workshops (separate fees) will be presented on Sunday 11 June.
‘Construction Ergonomics’ in the morning, and ‘Designing for Construction Health
and Safety’ in the afternoon. The latter will be presented by a leading American
‘Designing for Construction Health and Safety’ academic, author, and consultant. CIB
W99 and TG59 meetings will also be scheduled.
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the South African Council for the
Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP), and the South
African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Saiosh) will recognise the
conference and preceding workshops in terms of continuing professional
development (CPD) points.

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General builder and civil contractor sentiment remains pessimistic in 2017

73218518General builder and civil contractor sentiment remains pessimistic in 2017

During the first quarter of 2017, the confidence of general builders as measured by the CIDB SME business conditions survey barely moved to 46 index points (from 45 points previously).

In all, sentiment remained pessimistic, as building activity weakened. Tendering competition intensity abated slightly, and this helped alleviate some of the pressure on profitability.

Among the different CIDB grades, Grades 3 and 4 general builder confidence rebounded by 20 index points to 55. This outcome was underlined by improved building activity. Ntando Skosana, project manager of Monitoring and Evaluation at the CIDB pointed out that, “After ending 2016 on a disappointing note, the smaller Grades 3 and 4 regained some ground this quarter. The underlying performance indicators improved immensely, especially building activity growth which is currently at a two year high.” This improvement in activity supported profitability and employment within this group of contractors.

General Builders: Business confidence per grade

(Source: BER, Stellenbosch University)


On the other hand, sentiment deteriorated for builders in Grades 5 and 6, with confidence levels dropping to below the 50-neutral mark. Building activity deteriorated for Grades 5 and 6 and Grades 7 and 8 builders, while profitability remained under pressure.

Looking at the provinces, general builder confidence in the Western Cape remained above the rest, albeit to a lesser extent. During the quarter, 64% of respondents were satisfied with prevailing business conditions. Skosana cautioned that, “Although Western Cape confidence remained relatively high; one should interpret this outcome with caution. Underlying indicators suggest that the Province fared poorly, to such an extent that they all fell into negative territory in Q1 after being mostly positive previously.” Results were even more discouraging in the other provinces.

Civil contracting confidence dipped by 4 index points during the first quarter of 2017 to 37, after moving sideways for the full year of 2016. The public sector is the largest client for civil engineering works, and civil contracting profitability came under more pressure, on the back of weaker construction activity. Tendering competition also intensified. “Civil confidence is disconcertingly low at this stage – the worst level in nearly 5 years. An overwhelmingly high majority of 63% was dissatisfied with prevailing business conditions during the quarter. What’s even more concerning is the fact that the deterioration was broad-based across all grades and provinces,” said Skosana.

The largest drop in confidence was registered among the smaller Grades 3 and 4 contractors to 33 points (-10 index points). For Grades 7 and 8, although confidence dropped marginally, it remained significantly low. A majority of 75% of respondents were dissatisfied with prevailing business conditions in Q1. Skosana noted that, “The picture across the grades was indeed very disappointing, with confidence falling further below the neutral 50-point mark. This is reflective of the weak fundamentals, particularly civil activity, which continued to deteriorate.”

Unfortunately, the provincial landscape for civil engineering offered no consolation. The highest confidence level was registered for civil contractors in the Western Cape, where 50% of respondents remained satisfied with prevailing business conditions. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Gauteng civil confidence deteriorated to a significantly low 25 points.


The SME segment in both the building and civil engineering sectors remained under pressure during the first quarter of 2017. Discouragingly, this marks the seventh consecutive quarter where business confidence for both sectors is below the neutral 50-point mark.
The outcome for the building sector was less severe, however there was an improvement in the performance of Grades 3 and 4 contractors. Unfortunately for civil contracting, the deterioration was broad-based.

Going forward, the outlook for both sectors remains clouded (albeit to a lesser extent for building), especially against the backdrop of weakness in the broader macro-economy. General builders expect to see some improvement in activity in the near-term, while there is very little pointing towards improvements for civil engineers. The survey also showed that 77% of respondents in the civil sector attested to insufficient demand for construction work being a hindrance to business operations. This suggests continued pressure on construction activity.

About the survey:

The CIDB SME business conditions survey is conducted quarterly among Grades 3 to 8 CIDB-registered contractors (categorised into Grades 3 to 4, Grades 5 and 6 and Grades 7 and 8), both for general building and civil engineering.

The main indicator used for analysis purposes is business confidence, which indicates whether respondents find the current business conditions satisfactory. A business confidence index can vary between zero (indicating an extreme lack of confidence) and 100 (indicating extreme confidence). The 50 index point mark is interpreted as neutral.

The fieldwork for the 2017Q1 survey was conducted during the period 30 January and 7 March 2017.

Free Tickets Available for Africa’s Mega Construction and Infrastructure Show

African-Construction-and-Totally-Concrete-ExpoFree Tickets Available for Africa’s Mega Construction and Infrastructure Show

The Gauteng construction, cement and concrete industries are abuzz with excitement as over 71,000 free tickets to the fifth annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo – taking place on 23 and 24 May 2017 at the Gallagher Convention Centre – have been made available. These can be claimed from 92 participating building material retail stores across Johannesburg and Pretoria as well as at select traffic intersections.

Ticket holders will have access to an array of opportunities to network, expand their industry expertise, earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points, try out the latest technologies and stand the chance of winning prizes with a combined value of R100,000.

A variety of interactive workshops will be held on the Expo floor at no cost. These CPD-accredited sessions will allow participants to develop skills and gain insight into the business and project aspects of the construction industry. Architects will receive 0.2 credits for Category One (development activities) and an additional 0.2 for Category Three (individual activities) per day of attendance. Quantity surveyors will obtain five CPD hours in Category One for taking part in the training on 23 May. The assessment and validation of CPD points for registered professional engineers is currently underway by the South African Institution of Civil Engineering.

Learning opportunities extend to the six zones spanning the interactive indoor and outdoor exhibition where more than 200 leading construction industry suppliers will be on hand to educate visitors about the latest advances in concrete, construction, digital construction, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) services, surfaces and finishes as well as tools and equipment. The zones have been introduced at this year’s Expo to bring inextricably linked, priority industry segments together under one roof and give professionals working across varied sectors the opportunity to network and share knowledge.

Attendees can pop in at events co-located with the Expo including workshops held by the South African Institute of Building Design and Southern Africa Readymix Association, GreenCape industry body meeting and Digital Construction Expo (DCE2017). However, some of these may require registration and payment.

Those who do venture into DCE2017 can join free software workshops where they can get a better understanding of how the software solutions and BIM tools available to them can assist in unlocking future industry development and earning potential. They can also enter the Drone Zone – designed to get professionals out of the office and introduced to this simulated flying experience that also has innovative applications for the industry.

Over the course of the two-day Expo, visitors can participate in competitions and give-aways for the chance to win prizes ranging from Builders Warehouse vouchers, smartphones and tablets to four-ball golf games, safety boots and association subscriptions.

“Judging by the level of excitement in Gauteng at the moment, this year’s African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo is not only going to be a huge success, but will also be the perfect platform to secure business for the rest of 2017,” says African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo Marketing Director, Dianne Bussel.

Tickets to the must-attend show for the built environment are available from Talisman Hire, DIY Depot, Hiremax, Cashbuild, MICA, Build It, Builders Warehouse, Jack’s Paint, Easybuild and SA Timber and Brick Warehouse. Keep an eye out for Expo ambassadors handing them out in Gauteng’s streets too.


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Africa: second-fastest growing FDI destination – our silver lining

Map-Africa-FDI-projects.jpg.pagespeed.ce.EdBEI67dgbAfrica: second-fastest growing FDI destination – our silver lining

As we settle down and adjust to the reality of the political, economic and social instability and uncertainty engulfing the country subsequent to our investment rating downgrades it is important and incumbent upon us that in our conversations and attitudes we do not take a ‘brace-for-impact’ posture but rather put on our life-jackets and paddle to shore instead of lamenting; despite recent concerns by the Reserve Bank regarding the risk of further downgrades to local currency debt and the impact thereof on the stability of the domestic financial system.

Bafikile Bonke Simelane

Bafikile Bonke Simelane

This could have a significant impact on the cost of funding and investment flows upon which our sector also depends for its sustainability exacerbated by the low growth global environment we are mired in.

Notwithstanding the foregoing Ernst and Young’s latest Africa Attractiveness report asserts that South Africa remains the largest foreign direct investment (FDI) hub in Africa over the last 10 years. The continent-wide surge in capital investment was primarily driven by capital intensive projects, namely real estate, hospitality and construction, and transport and logistics.

The continent’s share of global FDI capital flows increased from 9.4% in 2015 to 11.4%. This made Africa the second-fastest growing FDI destination by capital. This is something positive around which to build our resilience and outlook as we chart our way through the stormy seas we find ourselves in.

Investor sentiment towards Africa is likely to remain somewhat softer over the next few years. This has far less to do with Africa’s fundamentals than it does with a world characterised by heightened geo-political uncertainty and greater risk aversion,” says Ernst and Young Africa CEO Ajen Sita.

In yet another study South Africa has been ranked as the fourth most attractive economy for investments flowing into Africa. This is according to the latest Africa Investment Index 2016 by Quantum Global’s independent research arm. South Africa received the number four ranking on the Index because it scored well on the growth factor of GDP, ease of doing business in the country and significant population.

Head of Quantum Global Research Lab, Professor Mthuli Ncube, said Africa offered significant opportunities to invest in non-commodities sectors such as financial services, construction and manufacturing amongst others. Ncube also pointed to structural reforms and greater private sector involvement as crucial factors to unlocking Africa’s true potential.

It is therefore not all ‘doom-and-gloom’ and the foregoing research shows that there is a silver lining out there somewhere. We can only go up from here and it is crucial and critical that as we do so we grow the pie for wider and inclusive socio-economic participation and emancipation through a genuine commitment to transformation, skills development, SMME development and formation of capacity-building partnerships across all sectors and industries.

Master Builders South Africa also supports the National Dialogues that are being mooted by various social and political commentators as we seek to forge a common nationhood for a better and prosperous future.

It is only through constructive engagement that we can build our country so that we become one winning nation that is able to solve its own problems and come up with new and lasting solutions for the progressive realisation of the South Africa that our Constitution and its drafters envisioned. This is a duty we should not take lightly as the vanguard generation.

Bafikile Bonke Simelane

Development of new Scaffolder Qualification: IWH calls for support


Development of new Scaffolder Qualification: IWH calls for support

In April the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO), in close collaboration with the Institute for Work at Height (IWH), staged a Pre-Scoping Meeting in Gauteng, where the construction industry participated in the development of the new proposed Scaffolder Qualification, OFO code: 641902.

IWH_PB_Logo QCTO-High-Res-Logo-171014The meeting was well attended with brisk discussion and constructive flow of comment and participation throughout.

Following this pre-scoping meeting, the IWH was authorised by the QCTO to develop a “parent qualification” for the scaffolding industry covering the following disciplines:-

  • Access scaffolding;

  • Falsework;

  • Suspended access equipment; and

  • Lightweight climbing equipment (ladders and towers).


This qualification, or combinations of its constituent parts, makes up part-qualifications (specialisations of individual skills)and will become the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) registered qualification that – according to the official definition of “competent person” – will be the required qualification for declaring a person as being “competent”.


The IWH invites all active members of the industry to participate and contribute towards this new occupational qualification and have a say in:

  • what it contains;

  • how long it will take to train persons;

  • how many exit points are built into it (to cater for career path planning); and

  • how and by whom the quality assurance assessments will be carried out.

In addition, the IWH has extended a call to stakeholders in the construction industry for financial and technical support to allow this programme to be implemented without delay.

We need to raise funds to cover the development cost and we have already received  some financial support from specialist suppliers within the broader industry,” says Dr Alti Kriel, CEO of the Institute for Work at Height. “We need to raise around R300 000 for the development of this parent qualification.

During the early development phase we expect IWH to be nominated as the QCTO Assessment Quality Partner (AQP),” continued Kriel.

To participate in, and contribute to this important cause, contact Dr Alti Kruger at the IWH on: Tel: +27(0)11 450 1804 or 450 2896 Email:

Finalists of the Vision 2030 Awards announced

Vision 2030 logo and imageAnnouncing the finalists of the Vision 2030 Awards: South Africa’s future makers

The Vision 2030 Awards, hosted for the first time this year, has announced its 2017 finalists.
The awards are a groundbreaking first for South Africa, recognising as it does the achievements and success stories of organisations, enterprises and individuals that are actively demonstrating alignment to the government’s Nine-Point Plan to boost economic growth and achieve the milestones set by the National Development Plan (NDP).

The overwhelming number of nominations for the various categories of the Awards casts a positive glow on the future of South Africa and restores faith in the efforts of companies and individuals to make the future of our children in South Africa brighter.

The awards, and the accompanying Vision 2030 Summit, will draw together a host of business leaders and government leaders – the commitment of both parties is integral to the success of the NDP.

Leading by example, the winners showcased by the Awards will inspire their sector peers, and stakeholders nationwide, to pledge commitment to the NDP – not in words alone but in actions that move the nation forward.

From the organiser of the Vision 2030 Awards and Summit, Topco Media: “We are delighted with the response received for these awards. This is a first of its kind in South Africa, and the only dedicated platform showcasing the good work these companies and individuals are doing on the ground.”

The winners will be announced and celebrated on 22 June 2017 at the Birchwood Hotel in Johannesburg. Tickets can be booked by emailing:

If you would like to attend the Vision 2030 Summit as a delegate, you can book your seat here:

The complete list of this year’s Vision 2030 Awards finalists can be found here: or see below.


African Equity Empowerment Investments

ArcelorMittal South Africa

Boxer Superstores

British American Tobacco SA

WOA Fuels & Oils

HEALTHCARE AWARD sponsored by Mylan SA

Clicks Group Ltd

Clinix Health Group

Government Employees Medical Scheme

Hospice Palliative Care Association

The Innovative Pharmaceutical Association South Africa

National Department of Health


Amadlelo Agri

British American Tobacco SA

Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency

Mariveni Farmers Co-Operative

Woolworths Holdings Ltd

EDUCATION AWARD sponsored by Human Resource Development Council

Cape Town University of Technology

Clicks Group Ltd

Department of Basic Education

Eskilz College

Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology

South African Broadcasting Corporation

Spring Lights Gas (Pty) Ltd

Symphonia for South Africa

The Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management

University of Johannesburg

Vaal University of Technology


AcerlorMittal South Africa

Anglo American Platinum

WOA Fuels & Oils


ArcelorMittal South Africa

Automotive Industry Development Centre

Bigen Africa

Bombela Concession – Gautrain

Boniswa Corporate Solutions

City of Cape Town – Water & Sanitation

Coega Development Corporation

Dormac Marine & Engineering

Indigo Kulani Group


Centre for Public Service Innovation

EOH Holdings

Global Business Solutions

National Research Foundation

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

The Innovation Hub

University of Johannesburg

Vaal University of Technology


Asher Bohbot – EOH Holdings

Carol Weaving – Reed Exhibitions

Dr Louise van Rhyn – Symphonia for South Africa

Freddy Masekwameng – Two Mountains

Hubert Mathanzima Mweli – Department of Basic Education

Jeffrey Every – Amadlelo Agri

Kamal Timmal – Eskilz College

Kgomotso Pooe – Soweto Outdoor

Khalid Abdulla – African Equity Empowerment Investment

Malebona Precious Matsoso – National Department of Health

Matsietsi Mokholo – Department of Public Enterprise

Patricia Chiloane – Training at Work

Professor Ambassador Edgars – GBSH Consult Group

Richard Schulz – Adept Airmotive

Veli Eric Mabena – Maluti TVET College


Calvin & Family Group

Orvall Corporate Designs

South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions

Soweto Outdoor

The Green House

Training at Work

Treatment Action Campaign



Amadlelo Agri

Anglo American Platinum

Bombela Concession – Gautrain

Cape Town International Convention Centre

Durban International Convention Centre

Government Employee Medical Scheme

Havas Worldwide

Ithala Development Finance Corporation

National Health Department

Sasfin Holdings

WDB Trust

Leo Haese BMW Centurion and Edelweiss



Advantage Curtain Wall by HBS Aluminium Systems – supplied and installed by Edelweiss – a first in SA

Edelweiss is a long-standing and active member of the Master Builders Association – North, and has for many years served on the Associations' Executive Committee.

Edelweiss is a long-standing and active member of the Master Builders Association – North, and has for many years served on the Associations’ Executive Committee


Leo Haese BMW Centurion and Edelweiss




Renowned specialist fenestration company, Edelweiss Glass and Aluminium, recently successfully completed the glazing façades on the 7 000 m2 Leo Hease BMW project in Centurion.

With 32 years of experience in the fenestration industry Edelweiss Glass and Aluminium completed this complex project to the company’s usual exceptional quality level – and on time – a significant feat given the short project timeline. This was achieved by working in close collaboration with architects VDO Consulting and main contractor Van der Linde & Venter Projects.

For this project, located on the corner of John Vorster and Hendrik Verwoerd drives in Centurion. Edelweiss made use of the HBS Advantage Curtain Wall system

To meet the technical requirements specified Edelweiss was able to use 250 mm mullions to deal with the spans on the façade, with an inertia of over 1 700 cm4.

The Advantage Curtain Wall achieved A4 when tested to SANS614 for water ingress, air penetration and structural integrity.

Advantage Curtain Wall is also energy efficient. When using double glazing, the Advantage Curtain Wall system uses a thermal break section behind the pressure plate, this ensures that all external and internal aluminium are separated resulting in an energy efficient façade, when combined with energy efficient performance glass specifications.


About Edelweiss Glass & Aluminium

Edelweiss Glass & Aluminium, situated in Silvertondale, Pretoria, was established in May 1985.

The company is committed to the design, manufacture and installation of quality aluminium architectural products.

Commitment to quality is demonstrated by producing proven designs, manufactured from the best available materials, which conform to customer requirements. Edelweiss Glass & Aluminium is continually striving to improve on the quality of its products and to achieve this objective.

Edelweiss Glass & Aluminium obtains versatility by utilising various aluminium systems and products, giving them the leading edge in technology for all project specific requirements and design.

The company also ensures that its Health and Safety file is always above standard, thus achieving the highest possible safety rating on each project.


Edelweiss Glass & Aluminium specializes in the following commercial products:
– Flush glazed and pressure glazed façades;
– Curtain walls (frameless, unitised and non-unitised);
– Glass entrance canopy’s;
– Aluminium shop fronts and frameless shop fronts;
– Aluminium windows;
– Doors (single / double / sliding folding / sliding / sliding stacking / frameless);
– Fire rated shop fronts and escape doors according to Building Regulations SANS 10400-T;
– Bullet resistant windows and aluminium frames with steel inserts to specific client requirements;
– Solar control glazing (low E coated and insulated products);
– Sound control glazing;
– Photovoltaic glazing (energy generating glass);
– Shaded glazing (tinted glass); and
– Security and safety glazing (laminated / multi-laminated / toughened laminated glass).

Edelweiss Glass & Aluminium guarantees for each project:
– Two year workmanship guarantee
– SAGGA Electronic Certificate of Conformance on glass installed
– Powder coating guarantee on all standard and special powder coating finishes.

“We pride ourselves with an internal team consisting of our estimating, design, logistics/procurement, project/contracts managers & contracts director, to ensure the required flow and in time completion of each unique project.

Our site team-leaders also ensures that all required work is executed on- site as set out each day in order to complete each project timeously, thus building and retaining well balanced relationships with all involved professional teams,” says founding director Mrs Liana Mrs van der Walt.
Edelweiss Glass & Aluminium is a long standing and active member of: the Master Builders Association North (MBA North); the Association of Architectural Aluminium Manufacturers of South Africa (AAAMSA); and the South African Glass & Glazing Association (SAGGA).

Edelweiss also has access to the AAAMSA testing facilities with test results supplied on request.

For more information please contact:
+27 012 804 3590/1



IOPSA launches Plumbing Industry Pricing Guide

IOPSABOOKCOVERIOPSA launches Plumbing Industry Pricing Guide

Understanding plumbing pricing principles has been identified as a critical factor in failure or success. The Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA) is a leading industry support body which focuses on advising, protecting, and promoting its members; and is often asked to assist or even mediate on pricing. Due to a lack of information, many members in the plumbing sector are undervaluing their services, because they simply don’t know how to calculate their fees, labour or bill of quantities. IOPSA has acted on this crucial need and has published an in-depth 2016/2017 Plumbing Industry Pricing Guide.

What to expect in the Plumbing Industry Pricing Guide:

  • Legislation, regulations and standards

  • Principles of maintenance rates

  • Per point installation principles

  • Bill of Quantities principles and exclusions

  • Principles of Preliminaries & General

Within this framework, members can make informed decisions on how to calculate their pricing, taking into account their local requirements, pricing and availability. It is available to the industry, and invaluable to plumbers, suppliers, manufacturers, professional specifiers and building and drainage authorities. The aim of this Guide is to create awareness of these principles of pricing and items included or excluded from costing a plumbing job.

Along with an in-depth look at the legislation, regulations and standards that govern the plumbing industry, the guide takes a detailed look at the principles of maintenance rates; primarily based on time, travel, and the cost of being in business, with separated hourly service rates and call out rates.

IOPSA’s Plumbing Industry Pricing Guide also covers construction rates: defines plumbing designation levels, employee benefits to accurately calculated labour rates, nationally and regionally. There is a detailed per point section which provides a comprehensive breakdown of pricing per component, giving plumbers a base to work off when planning the pricing of an installation or project.

The Institute has sourced plumbing principals, items, quantities, labour and product pricing to compile a Bill of Quantities (BoQ) and per point framework. This framework was distributed to plumbing industry merchants to submit retail pricing. An average of these received prices has been published in this guide and will be updated annually.

Gary Macnamara, executive director of IOPSA

Gary Macnamara, executive director of IOPSA

Gary Macnamara, executive director of IOPSA says: “The Plumbing Industry Pricing Guide is exactly that; a guide. Users must ensure they continue to do their own research on pricing at their local manufacturers/merchants at the time of quoting/tendering. It is strongly advised to refer to SANS (South African National Standards) standards for product performance and installation requirements.”

IOPSA extends its gratitude to the maintenance and construction working groups and volunteers for their valuable input and contributions to the 2016/2017 Plumbing Industry Pricing Guide.

The IOPSA Plumbing Industry Pricing Guide is available

To become an IOPSA member, please visit

ASAQS reaffirms commitment to transformation and skills development

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ASAQS LogoASAQS reaffirms commitment to transformation and skills development in the built environment

The built environment is one of many industries that faces challenges due to the skills crises. Exacerbating the issue locally is a lack of transformation, retiring baby boomers, too few formalised training and apprenticeship programmes as well as a lack of funds to support minority groups who are studying towards qualifications within the industry.

Larry Feinberg, Executive Director at the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS), says that industry bodies such as ASAQS have a key role to play in promoting growth and transformation in the industry.

asaqs-larry-feinberg-2016Besides the initiatives that have been launched by the private sector and government, industry associations are the stakeholders who can take action on a grassroot level to help alleviate skills development and transformation problems that are being faced within their sectors,” says Feinberg.

One way that ASAQS is helping to make a difference is by launching a programme that supports quantity surveying students in achieving the necessary qualifications to become registered professionals.

Training in the built environment sector is important because it continues to provide the critical skills needed to design, construct, operate and maintain ever-increasing public and private infrastructure,” says Feinberg.

Cities around the world are being are becoming highly populated and often, over burdened by the trend towards urbanization. People are continually gravitating in huge numbers towards the cities and towns to find economic opportunities and in the process the capacity of current infrastructure is being tested on all fronts. Critical skills are increasingly required to provide and maintain new infrastructure such as roads, essential service and buildings, to name but a few.

To meet this need, we require quality educational opportunities focused on the built environment which produces capacitated clients, professional quantity surveyors, engineers, project managers and skilled contractors and artisans,” Feinberg continues. “Clearly, the growing demand for infrastructure fuelled by urbanization calls for more, not less education and training in the built environment sector. We should recognise this trend and then make every effort to match up to it.”

Feinberg expects the quantity surveying profession, along with other sectors within the construction and built environment, to be supported in their skills development and transformation endeavours through the 1.5 billion Tirisano Fund, which forms part of the Voluntary Rebuild Programme (VRP) Agreement between government and seven companies found guilty of collusion during the construction of stadiums for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The fund is focused on providing support to black students studying engineering, quantity surveying and building science, among other disciplines, and could potentially play a vital role in stimulating transformation and growth.

ASAQS fully supports this initiative and is excited to be able to offer a training programme that can help students thrive in the built environment and graduate to become qualified quantity surveyors,” concludes Feinberg.