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5th Term Council Members 2018 - 2022





Dr. Deen Letchmiah (SACQSP President)


Deen Letchmiah (62) is a PrQS, educated with a BSc. QS from University of Natal (now UKZN) and a PhD in Construction Economics from WITS. He has been in private practice for over 35 years. Deen is a director of a national QS practice in South Africa that he started in 1984. He was a founding member of both SABTACO and the Built Environment Action Movement. He is a past board member of ASAQS and a past board member of the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). In 1995, Deen was appointed as the leader of the Public Sector Procurement Reform Task Team to develop an affirmative procurement policy to meet the needs of a new democratic South Africa.


Deen is passionate about academic standards and is a part-time lecturer at University of KwaZulu-Natal in the Property Development Programme and was also an external examiner for UCT and DUT.













Onwaba Tselane (SACQSP Vice President)

Onwaba Tselane (37) is a PrQS educated with a Btech QS from NMMU. Onwaba is in private practice with 15 years’ QS experience. She has served as a Commissioner for the Eastern Cape Planning Commission and led the Infrastructure Development working group part-time for 3 years in formulating the ECPDP.

This is her first term of office on the SACQSP board












Elke Hefer


Elke has 16 years experience in Quantity Surveying and presently manages her own consulting practice, Elke Hefer Quantity Surveyors.  Elke started her career at Davis Langdon in Durban, South Africa in 2002 as a Junior QS assisting in the compilation of cost estimates, bills of quantities, valuations, cost reports and final accounts.  In 2003, Elke had the opportunity to be seconded to Davis Langdon France for approximately two months, where she assisted in the compilation of bills of quantities and specification-writing for Oger International.  During 2004, Elke decided to gain experience in the property development industry and worked for PDi (Property Development initiatives, Melki Group) for six months, after which she returned to Davis Langdon.  Elke achieved her registered professional status on 22 November 2004 and was promoted to Senior Quantity Surveyor.  As Senior QS she was responsible for the compilation of cost estimates, bills of quantities, tender documents, all contract administration and final accounts.  In January 2007, Elke was promoted to Associate.  As an Associate, in addition to her general quantity surveying responsibilities, she was also responsible for internal office project management and application of internal quality control systems on her individual projects, as well as client liaison.  In August 2007, Elke moved over to Abakali Quantity Surveyors to take up the position of Senior Quantity Surveyor.  Abakali were sub-consulted to CBI Engineering, where Elke was responsible for office management.  Whilst working at CBI Engineering, Elke gained much experience in the measurement and procurement of civil projects.  In January 2009 Elke was given the opportunity to be come the Chief Quantity Surveyor for BKS (Pty) Ltd.  As BKS was predominantly consulting engineers, Elke was given the responsibility of managing and growing the Quantity Surveying division within BKS.  In 2013, Elke took on a lecturing post at Durban University of Technology and in 2016, Elke was appointed as Head of Department for Construction Management and Quantity Surveying at Durban University of Technology.







Gert Meyer

Gert Meyer (57) is a PrQS qualified with a BSc QS (Hon) and MSc Real Estate from University of Pretoria. Gert has been in private practice for 32 years and is the founding partner of a medium sized practice based in Gauteng. Gert is a past president of the ASAQS. He has been a part-time lecturer and is current external examiner for UP.












Lindelani Matshidze



Qualifications BSc(QS)Hons, MSc(QS)


Lindelani is a Professional Quantity Surveyor with over 13 years’ experience, he has worked for contractors and quantity surveying practices. He is currently studying towards a PhD in Construction Economics at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh (UK). He is also a researcher at the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at Heriot Watt University, his area of research is on Public Private Partnerships (PPP). He is registered as a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Association of South African Quantities Surveyors. Lindelani currently lectures at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.










Lucia Ncalane



Lucia Nomthandazo Ncalane (Lucia) (35) is a PrQS with Bsc in Property Develoment Quantity Surveying (Honours) from UKZN


Lucia is currently a Director for Focus Quantity Surveyors.

Lucia has done projects from Stadia, Civil Works, Plant related projects and Disaster Management.  These include among others Moses Mabhida Stadium, PowerStation Plant Refurbishments, and the Medupi Power Station.


Lucia is also a research paper author for the International Cost Engineering Council World Congress (ICEC) for Cost Engineering, Quantity Surveying and Project Management. She has presented in 2014 (Milan, Italy) and in 2016 (Rio de Jenero, Brazil) World Congress.





Martin Meiring



Mr. Meiring obtained a BSc.QS degree from the University of Pretoria.


Professional member of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors with registration number 3321 (PMAQS)


Professional Registered Quantity Surveyor registered with the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying


Profession with registration number 2836 (PrQS)


Was a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with registration number 1231707 (MRICS)


Professional Construction Project Manager registered with the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions with registration number D/851/2005 (Pr.CPM)


Was a director of KCL Quantity Surveyors Incorporated and the managing member of KCL Quantity Surveyors and Project Managers cc. Mr. Meiring is an experience quantity surveyor and project manager with more than 28 years’ experience in the construction industry and has successfully completed more than two hundred and seventy projects.

These projects cover all types of buildings and developments with values between R 50,000 - 00 to R 150,000,000 - 00.


Currently employed as a Chief Quantity Surveyor with the National Department of Public Works in the Port Elizabeth Regional Office







Mpho Mosing



Ms Mpho Mosing is an LLB graduate from the University of North West (Mafikeng Campus) and also holds a Masters Degree in Public Management from Regenesys Public School in Sandton. She holds the following Diploma Personnel Management and Computer literacy. Ms Mosing started her career in the SANDF Navy Saldanha and way deployed to the Department of Public Works. Her discipline stems from her military training under the Extended Public Works Program.


She worked as a Director for Regulated Industries responsible for the development and adoption of National Gambling Amendment Act, 2010 World Cup Liquor Regulations, Debt Counselling Regulations as well as the Policy to Amend the Lotteries Act.


Ms Mosing is currently a Board Member with Diamonds And Precious Metal Regulator, was Deputy Chairperson of the Tshwane Local Liquor Committee and is involved in Real Estate and a Director for Licensing and Registration in Gauteng Government Gauteng Liquor







Newton Baloyi



Qualifications: BSc in Quantity Surveying (UCT), Post Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Wits).


Newton has extensive experience as a professional in the Mining, Engineering, Construction and Project Management fields. Established and led an Engineering and Project Management Company, a Cost Management Company, and a Mining Company. Served as non-executive director at the Johannesburg Property Company. Passionate about Africa’s Development and serves in the International Governing Council of the Institute for National Transformation. He is social entrepreneur involved in an NPO that supports the education of over 20 000 students. He is a professional Quantity Surveyor and a Civil Commercial Mediator.










Dr. Nishani Harinarain



Dr Nishani Harinarain is a leading researcher in the construction industry.  She has gained significant experience on major construction projects both locally and internationally prior to accepting a lecturing position at UKZN. Dr Harinarain is a well versed lecturer with over 12 years of experience in lecturing.  She also received the 2014’s Distinguished Teacher Award from the School of Engineering and the 2017 award for Excellence in Engineering & Technology in Academia: Teaching & Learning from Women in Engineering and the Built Environment.  As a lecturer, she believes that a rigorous and exciting learning environment is required to move the college forward.  Making a positive impact on the world inspires her work and passion. Helping people and finding ways to solve problems is something that is very close to her heart.










Noninzi Qina



Noninzi Qina (Noni) (41) is a PrQS with Bachelors of Technology Degree (BTech) in Quantity Surveying (Pretoria Technikon - TUT), Advance Project Management Postgraduate Diploma (UNISA) and MSc in the Built Environment (Project Management) (NMMU). Noni is currently a Chief Quantity Surveyor in Eskom – Transmission Division, with vast experience on Electrical, Mechanical, Control & Instrumentation and Civil works













Nosiyabonga Mongane



Nosiyabonga Mongane (Mgudlwa) is a PrQS with Btech QS (NMMU), Hons in Development Studies (UNISA), MSc in the Built Environment (Facilities Management) (NMMU) and MSc in Property Studies (UCT). Nosiyabonga is a Professional member and currently a South Africa Market Advisory Panel (SA MAP) member of the RICS. She worked as a Chief Quantity Surveyor for DPWI, Cape Town Regional Office. She is currently working as a Chief Quantity Surveyor for DBE in Pretoria.













Phyllis Difeto



Phyllis Difeto, an Advocate qualified with a B Proc and LLB with the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Masters in Law (LLM) with the University of Johannesburg, Programme in Business Leadership (PBL) and Masters in Business Leadership (MBL) with UNISA School of Business Leadership, Masters of Commerce in Maritime Law with the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Global Executive Development Programme with Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria.

Phyllis has worked at various management positions including a Commissioner with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration ("CCMA”) obtaining in-depth practical experience, skills and expertise in the legal and Human Resources field.

Whilst working for Transnet National Ports Authority ( Maritime division of Transnet), Phyllis was in charge of ISO 9001:2000 compliancy and management of the Internal TQM Auditing Programme. She was involved at strategic and operational issues, formulation of policies, financials, contract management, crisis management, people management, change management, recruitment and selection, remuneration/benefits, skills development, audits through QMS, Labour relations, training, leading wage negotiations, commercial international and legal aspects of the Maritime Industry etc.

Currently Phyllis is currently the Transnet Group General Manager in the Office of the Group Chief Executive

Phyllis is the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Auditor for the South African Government, Secretariat for the SA and BRICS Business Council. She was a member of the working group established by the Government to review existing legislation and develop new enabling maritime labour legislation as a process of ratifying the Maritime Labour Convention.







Pieter Kotzé



Pieter Kotzé (54) is a PrQS and obtained his BSc QS from the University of the Free State.  Pieter is the owner of a professional consulting practice specializing in project management and quantity surveying, as well as the director of several companies, including development companies for a group of hotels, shopping centres and town house schemes and a facilities management company. Pieter is a professional member, past president and currently a board member of the ASAQS.  Furthermore, Pieter is registered as a professional construction project manager with the SACPCMP, a member of the International Cost Engineers Council and a registered estate agent.









Qinisani Mbatha



After completing his degree at Natal University in 1998, Qinisani gained invaluable experience as a Quantity Surveyor over a number of years. From 2003 he advanced his career at the Industrial Development Corporation, firstly as a Quantity Surveyor in Project & Structured Finance, and in 2004 he started and headed up the Evaluations Department until 2007.

Qinisani has held Directorships in Merafe Resources (Pty) Ltd, African Chrome and Chibiluma South Mines in Zambia.

He has served on several Committees, notably: IDC Sectors & Projects, Credit Review Committee (Technical Advisory) and IDC Insurance Committee. He also served on Merafe Resources Board Transformation, and Chaired the Merafe Resources Board Risk Committee. He presented a paper to SAFHE on Hospital Cost Norms, and also served as a Member of the Construction Sector Council Executive Committee. He was Vice and President of the ASAQS from 2011 to 2013, and is currently a Member of SACQSP.

From 2007, Qinisani held the position of Director at Walters & Simpson (Pty) Ltd, and later was appointed as Managing Director of Mbatha Walters & Simpson (Pty) Ltd in 2009, the position he currently holds.

Qinisani’s extensive experience spans over several sectors including Commercial Office Developments, Retail Facilities, Healthcare Projects, Industrial, Hotel and Residential Developments, and Contracts Documentation. He has spent an enormous amount of time on Client Representation and Watching Brief Projects, Project Appraisal and Lender’s Consultancy.







Vusiwe Ngwenya



Mr. Vusiwe Ngwenya (Vusi) is currently a Corporate Professional Executive in the Quantity Surveying field at Eskom Holdings (SOC) Limited. Over the years, he has served the organisation in various capacities listed below:


·         Senior Manager Project Controls                   (Feb 2013 – Apr 2015)

·         Middle Manager Cost Engineering                 (May 2011 – Jan 2013)

·         Chief QS         (Feb 2008 – Oct 2008)

·         Chief QS         (Aug 2009 – Apr 2011)

·         Snr QS            (May 2001 – Jan 2008)


From November 2008 to July 2009, he rendered services to Bosch Projects (Head Office in Durban) as a Cost Engineering Manager.


Before joining Eskom Holdings (SOC) Limited, he worked as a QS-in-Training by then for Bayley Incorporated (in Norwood – Johannesburg) from August 1997 until June 2000 under the supervision of Cornè Vermaak PrQS and Gillian Bayley PrQS






Vuyokazi Mjandana



Vuyokazi gained her basic training and experience at Siseko Quantity Surveyors & Project Managers at Port Elizabeth as a Junior Q.S. from February 2005 to December 2006. She moved to Davis Langdon Johannesburg office in January 2007, and was then placed at Kumba Iron Ore from August 2010 till January 2011. She later joined Pretoria office of Davis Langdon in February 2011.During her employment at Davis Langdon. She worked at Edcon Group Property as a Senior Quantity Surveyor from September 2011 to August 2013, and moved to Total Facilities Management Company (TFMC) from September 2013 to July 2014. She is currently employed by National Department of Public Works (Johannesburg Regional office) as a Chief Quantity Surveyor.








Statutory powers of the council


Administrative powers of council

The council may -

  1. determine the remuneration and allowances payable to its members or the members of any committee of the council after consultation with the CBE;
  2. arrange for the payment of pension and other benefits to any staff of the council or the registrar and to his or her dependants on the termination of the service of that staff member or the registrar;
  3. determine where its head office must be situated;
  4. determine the manner in which meetings of the council or any committee of the council must be convened, the procedure and quorum at such meetings and the manner in which the minutes of such meetings must be kept; and
  5. print, circulate, sell and administer the publication of, and generally take any steps necessary to publish, any publication relating to the quantity surveying profession and related matters.

Powers of council with regard to registration

The council may, subject to this Act:

  1. consider and decide on any application for registration;
  2. prescribe the period of validity of the registration of a registered person;
  3. keep a register of registered persons and decide on -
    1. the form of certificates and the register to be kept;
    2. the maintenance of the register or issuing of certificates; and
    3. the reviewing of the register and the manner in which alterations thereto may be effected.

Powers of council with regard to fees and charges

The council may, with regard to fees and charges, which are payable to the council, determine -

  1. application fees;
  2. registration fees;
  3. annual fees, or portion thereof, in respect of a part of a year;
  4. the date on which any fee or charge is payable;
  5. the fees, or portion thereof, payable in respect of any examination referred to in section 19, conducted by or on behalf of the council;
  6. any charge payable for the purposes of the education fund referred to in section 15(5);
  7. fees payable for a service referred to in section 14(c);
  8. the fees payable for an appeal in terms of section 24(1); or
  9. any other fee or charge it considers necessary.

The council may grant exemption from payment of application fees, registration fees, annual fees, charges, or a portion thereof referred to sub section 1


Powers of council with regard to education in quantity surveying

The council may -

  1. subject to sections 5 and 7 of the Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act No. 101 of 1997), conduct accreditation visits to any educational institution which has a department, school or faculty of quantity surveying, but must conduct at least one such visit during its term of office. If the council does not conduct an accreditation visit within that term of office, it must notify the Minister accordingly and provide him or her with reasons for the failure to do so;
  2. either conditionally or unconditionally grant, refuse or withdraw accreditation with regard to all educational institutions and its educational programmes with regard to quantity surveying;
  3. consult with the Council on Higher Education established in terms of the Higher Education Act, 1997, regarding matters relevant to education in quantity surveying;
  4. consult with the South African Qualifications Authority established by the South African Qualifications Authority Act, 1995 (Act No. 58 of 1995), or any body established by it and the voluntary associations, to determine competency standards for the purpose of registration;
  5. establish mechanisms for registered persons to gain recognition of their qualifications and professional status in other countries;
  6. liaise with the relevant National Standards Body established in terms of Chapter 3 of the regulations under the South African Qualifications Authority Act, 1995, with a view to the establishment of a standards generating body in terms of those regulations;
  7. recognise or withdraw the recognition of any examination contemplated in section 19;
  8. enter into an agreement with any person or body of persons, within or outside the Republic, with regard to the recognition of any examination or qualification for the purposes of this Act;
  9. give advice or render assistance to any educational institution, voluntary association or examining body with regard to educational facilities for and the training and education of registered persons and prospective registered persons;
  10. conduct any examination for the purposes of section 19; and
  11. determine, after consultation with the voluntary associations and registered persons, conditions relating to and the nature and extent of continuing education and training.

General powers of council

The council may, in addition to other powers in this Act -

  1. acquire, hire, maintain, let, sell or otherwise dispose of movable or immovable property for the effective performance and exercise of its functions, duties or powers;
  2. decide upon the manner in which contracts must be entered into on behalf of the council;
  3. perform any service within its competence if it is requested by any person or body of persons, including the State;
  4. determine, subject to section 25, the requirements with which a voluntary association must comply to qualify for recognition by the council;
  5. advise the Minister, any other Minister or the CBE on any matter relating to the quantity surveying profession;
  6. encourage and itself undertake research into matters relating to the quantity surveying profession;
  7. take any steps it considers necessary for the protection of the public in their dealings with registered persons, for the maintenance of the integrity, and the enhancement of the status of the quantity surveying profession;
  8. take any steps it considers necessary for the improvement of the standards of services rendered by registered persons; and
  9. take any measures it considers necessary for the proper performance and exercise of its functions, duties or powers or to achieve the objectives of this Act.

Functions of the council

The Council has powers to perform a variety of functions, such as :

  • Setting and auditing of academic standards for purposes of registration through a process of accreditation of quantity surveying programmes at universities and technikons
  • Setting and auditing of professional development standards through the provision of guidelines which set out post-qualification requirements for registration in the categories of registration
  • Prescribing requirements for Continuing Professional Development and determining the period
    within which registered persons must apply for renewal of their registrations
  • Prescribing a Code of Conduct and Codes of Practice, and enforcing such conduct through an
    Investigating Committee and a Disciplinary Tribunal
  • Identification of work of a quantity surveying nature that should be reserved for registered
    persons by the CBE, after consultation with the Competition Board
  • Advising the CBE and Minister of Public Works on matters relating to the quantity surveying profession and cognate matters
  • Recognition of professional associations
  • Publication of a guideline tariff of fees for consulting work, in consultation with government, the profession and industry
































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