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New Guideline Tariffs for Quantity Surveyors Published

September 3, 2015

South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession

New guideline tariffs for quantity surveying professional fees have been published in Government Gazette 39134.

The South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP) drew up the revised guideline in terms of the Quantity Surveying Profession Act.

The SACQSP emphasises that the tariffs serve as a guideline only and do not prevent quantity surveyors from using other bases to arrive at agreed fees for services rendered via negotiations with clients.

The guideline tariffs are perceived to be fair and reasonable fees for the various services.

Guideline tariffs are provided for building work, engineering work, management and supplementary services.

Other issues covered in the guidelines include services at risk, excessive variation, commissions terminated, extraordinary contract provisions, time charge, disbursements and payments.

The amended guidelines came into force on 1 September 2015.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 39138, the Construction Industry Development Board has published the Best Practice Contractor Recognition Scheme.

The scheme is designed to promote contractor development and monitor contractor performance.

The scheme consists of the following best practices:

• cidb Competence Standard for Contractors (Gazette Notice 39074 of 7 August 2015);
• cidb Best Practice; Construction Management Systems (Gazette Notice 39101 of 14 August 2015);
• cidb Best Practice: Specification for a Fraud and Corruption Management System (Gazette Notice 39074 of 7 August 2015); and
• cidb Standard for Contractor Performance Reports (Grades 2 to 9) (Gazette Notice 36760 of 23 August 2013).

The scheme kicked in on 21 August 2015.