Part of the reason why some large infrastructure projects have been suspended or have ground to a halt is because of municipal managers and classically trained accountants being saddled with the responsibility of delivering these complex projects, says Larry Feinberg, Executive Director of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS). According to Larry, Quantity Surveyors are aiming to play a crucial role in getting “frozen” infrastructure development projects back on track.

Larry says that training on the use of standards documentation is but one of the areas where Professional Quantity Surveyors can be of assistance.

“Deploying Professional Quantity Surveyors to upper echelons in government is one of the mechanisms that can be used to good effect to educate officials on good governance in procurement, bidding and tendering processes, and the complex process of managing the construction process from a cost control point of view,” says Larry.

During President Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation address, his “Send Me” call resonated with many and sparked collaborative action across many economic sectors.

“The time for behaviours that – intentionally or unintentionally – resist collaboration is over. It is now time for all of us to share knowledge and expertise, so we can collectively respond to the President’s call,” concludes Larry.

For more information, contact the ASAQS on +27 (11) 315 4140 or via www.asaqs.co.za.

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