The ASAQS Presidential Tour has made a triumphant return after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This highly anticipated tour brings together quantity surveying professionals from different chapters across South Africa, fostering collaboration and driving advancements within the industry.
Led by ASAQS President Mr. Newton Baloyi and Executive Director Mr. Karl Trusler, the Eastern Cape Chapter Presidential Tour kicked off on May 7, 2023, in Gqebhera. The event, held at the Radisson Blue Hotel, saw the participation of approximately 35 industry experts eager to engage in discussions and shape the future of quantity surveying.
The agenda commenced with an impactful Annual General Meeting (AGM) facilitated by Chapter Secretary Janita Stroebel and skillfully led by Chapter Chairperson Siyasanga Loni. The AGM provided a platform for members to share insights, address concerns, and lay the groundwork for advancements in the profession.
Distinguished guests, including Mr. Luvuyo Nkwantsha from the Department of Eastern Cape Public Works & Infrastructure and Deputy Executive Mayor Cllr. Mkhuseli Jack, graced the occasion with their presence. Their addresses added valuable perspectives and sparked meaningful conversations among attendees.
A highlight of the event was the thought-provoking Q&A session, where participants had the opportunity to seek clarification and delve deeper into the topics discussed. Esteemed Professor Gaye Le Roux contributed her wisdom, enriching the conversation with her fresh insights.
Networking played a crucial role, fostering connections and creating a sense of community among attendees. The event concluded on a high note with a delightful meal, allowing participants to further engage in fruitful discussions and forge new collaborations.
In addition to the chapter event, the ASAQS President and Executive Director visited Nelson Mandela University, where they addressed aspiring quantity surveying students. Their presence and inspiring words provided encouragement and support as the students embark on their educational journey and prepare for future careers in the field.
The resumption of the ASAQS Presidential Tour marks a significant milestone for the quantity surveying profession. It reinforces the value of local chapters in fostering collaboration, addressing shared concerns, and advancing the industry as a whole.
This event sets the stage for various outcomes, including strengthening the Eastern Cape Chapter, driving membership growth, establishing a youth program, and forging stronger relationships with key stakeholders such as the Department of Public Works & Infrastructure, the Municipality, and the Master Builders Association. Additionally, research projects initiated through Nelson Mandela University will contribute to the ongoing development of the quantity surveying profession.
The ASAQS Presidential Tour continues to be a driving force for progress, collaboration, and the shaping of the future of quantity surveying in South Africa. The industry eagerly awaits the upcoming chapters, anticipating the opportunities they will bring for professionals across the country.
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