Technical Visits and Study Tour to South Africa and Dubai

Technical Visits and Study Tour to South Africa and Dubai

(11 Days 7 nights from 7 Oct -17 Oct 2015)

The President, YBhg. Dato’ Sr K. Sri Kandan led the 2015 RISM  Canada Goose Outlet technical visit and study tour to South Africa and Dubai. It was participated by 24 RISM members and 8 family members. Sharing of expertise and experiences occurred in the following visits:

Visit to the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors ( ASAQS) in Johannesburg.

The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) hosted the group on Friday, 9 October 2015 in their office in Mirand, Johannesburg.  Mr. Bert van den Heever, the President of ASAQS, Mr. Larry Feinberg, Executive Director of ASAQS and Mr. Karl Trusler, EduTech Director gave presentation talks to our members.

With over 5,000 members, ASAQS was inaugurated in 1908.Committees of the ASAQS produce a vast canada goose Chilliwack Bomber library of standardized documents that assist member practices to run their Canada Goose Jackets | Ronaplan
 practices. Provisional chapters of the ASAQS allow members to network with fellow QS professionals within their geographical region. At present there are 9 Chapters including East London/Border.  Chapters also hold seminars and other social events, providing practical information and innovative solutions to professional practice questions.

In order to become a registered PMAQS, the applicant must first be registered and in good standing with the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP) as a PrQS. SACQSP is a regulatory body constituted by an Act of Parliament – Act 49 of 2000.

 EduTech’s main role is to give technical support and education. It is responsible for maintaining the Associations comprehensive library of information and documentation and ensures that this information remains relevant and up to date. EduTech has focused on the compilation and delivery of bespoke CPD courses, seminars and events for ASAQS members .Mandated by SACQSP, the ASAQS provides events that members can attend to keep their CPD portfolio up to date. This is done through the Chapters, relevant tertiary institutions as well as a web-based online service called “GoLearning” facility.

The President of the ASAQS, Bert van den Heever, presented Dato' Sr Sri Kandan with a momento of our visit to their office.

The President of the ASAQS, Bert van den Heever, presented Dato’ Sr Sri Kandan with a momento of our canada goose Citadel Parkavisit to their office.

Our President made a presentation of RISM to ASAQS followed by a site visit to the Mall of Africa after the meeting.

Our President made a presentation of RISM to ASAQS followed by a site visit to the Mall of Africa after the meeting.


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Valued at R5-billion, the 115 000m² Mall of Africa project will be the largest shopping mall ever built in South Africa in a single phase. The so-called “super-regional” mall will be the heart of the Waterfall City development, located in Midrand between South Africa’s administrative capital, Pretoria, and its economic capital, Johannesburg.  RISM delegation was very impressed by Atterbury’s mammoth development at Waterfall Estate and wishes to thank ASAQS, WBHO and Mr. Norval Wentzel Steinberg, who made a visit to the Mall of Africa site possible.

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Our delegation was also impressed by the new training centre of the ASAQS and the work that EduTech does for their members. The possibility of a reciprocity agreement between the two organizations will receive further attention in future. ASAQS is also very interested to share and exchange information on Building Information Modelling (BIM) and produce life-cycle costings with RISM.

Visit to RICS office in Capetown.

RICS in South Africa hosted RISM delegation on 14 October in Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes Attorney’s office. RICS’s regional headquarters is in Dubai and there are offices in South Africa. Ms Alexandria Debers of RICS gave a presentation of the work of RICS especially in Dispute Resolution Services for the Built Environment. She also shared a video presentation on Urban Population.  There were also two gentlemen from the Green Building Council (a non –profit company) who shared on Green Building in South Africa. At present there is an energy crisis in South Africa with frequent blackouts and the Green Building Council was formed 8 years ago, hoping to change the way the world is built.

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Meeting RISM members in Dubai

Before flying back to Kuala Lumpur, RISM delegation hosted lunch for its 10 members in Dubai on 16 October 2015. It was held in a Malaysian restaurant. Some of the members who are working in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia are Sr Muhammad Ehsan Che Munaaim, Sr Nor Hilaliah Mohd Nor, Sr Mohd Razali bin Ab Rahim and Sr Ramli Ismail.