Quantity surveyor conference focus on future opportunities

August 7th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT

The fifth annual Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) Conference was held on 1 August in Cape Town under the theme “Shift towards opportunity”.

In his opening address, ASAQS president Larry Feinberg said that in an ever-shifting world where work is scarce and competition is fierce, the economies that thrive are the ones who continue to adapt and learn, as well as share their knowledge with others. According to Feinberg, skills development and training is consistently cited as one of the biggest challenges that the industry faces. He said the association will place sustained emphasis on delivering technical programmes that strengthen the profession through education, training and upskilling.

Signing of the agreement between ASAQS and MBSA.

Phil Barttram, MSCI executive director, gave a presentation on the return on investment of green buildings. Over the past three years, the total return for Green Star Certified Prime and A-Grade buildings has been higher than for non-certified offices driven by consistently better capital growth, he said. This shows that there is perceived lower risk in the future income stream of certified offices. According to Barttram, Green Star Certified buildings are more popular with tenants and building occupants.

Deshun Deysel, one of South Africa’s leading female high-altitude mountaineers, gave an inspiring keynote presentation at the event, telling attendees that although one can’t always control what happens in one’s external environments, humans have full control over their thoughts. “Your thoughts become your reality, which is why you need to set your mind on the things you can control. In the same way that mountaineers regroup during an expedition, businesses should always go back to basecamp to regroup and strategically plan how they are going to move forward,” she said.

In another presentation, Dr Luyanda Mpahlwa spoke about the importance of socially inclusive development. Collaboration between the public and private sectors can be empowering and inspire confidence, and so be able to contribute to a better future, said Mpahlwa.

During the event, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the ASAQS outgoing president Yunus Bayat and MBSA President John Matthews to continuing their partnership.

Contact ASAQS, info@asaqs.co.za

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