Services

The decision to invest in property is an important commitment, whether on an on-going basis or as a once-off situation, and involves a fine blend of risk and opportunity. Joining forces with Africost will not only provide Quantity Surveying and Project Management services, but an array of innovative and flexible ancilliary resources.

 

Feasibility Studies
Using advanced computer modelling techniques, which enables the impact of changes in key variables to be assessed and “what if” analyses to be performed, Africost offers sound advice into the reality of a development, and will set your development on the right path from inception.
 
Planning & Cost Analyses
By planning and analysing the costs of a development using the “cost in use technique” the consequences of various design alternatives can be assessed.

 

Qualified Advice
Offering advice on contractual arrangements, the preparation of tender documents, legal, technical and financial matters, including advice regarding availability of finance from specific sources, Africost works to every client’s needs and circumstances.

 

Construction Management
We utilise a method of construction which entails the effective utilisation and management of sub-contractors. By liaising directly with the sub-contractors allows us to educate and up lift emerging sub-contractors as per government policies.

 

Project Management
Centred around the practice of strong management, good planning, control, co-ordination and leadership, and by harnessing a concentrated level of attention to detail and efficient planning, our Project Management expertise will ensure a smooth transition from start to finish on any project.

 

Property Development
Our Property Development services include the acquisition of strategic land, economic viability site studies at point of inception,  establishing criteria, and formulating financial packages.

 

Value engineering
Africost has the capacity to assist in the analysis of all components of the building to ensure that the most cost-effective materials and methods are used. Should this not be the case, clients are advised of alternative solutions.

 

Skills Transfer, Training & Community Involvement
Africost has long been committed to correcting the historic imbalance in skills transfer and training, and has over the years, matured previously disadvantaged Quantity Surveyors, Projects Managers and General Contractors into Directorships, by assisting them to initiate their own practices, to work as independent entities or in joint ventures.
As one of the founder members of Usizo Development Trust, Africost has dedicated material, labour, expertise, time and food towards achieving the objectives of the Trust, and subscribe to many community based project based joint ventures with emerging practices that pursue common goals. Such projects include assisting in business plans, estimates for schools, crèches, social upliftment plans, supervising building programmes and assisting emerging building contractors with generic administrative skills.

 

Other examples of Africost’s commitment to social upliftment include;

  • Africost’s provision of surety to the value of R130 000 to a small emerging previously disadvantaged contractor, thereby allowing him to tender on the upgrading of market stalls at Nongoma’s taxi rank, and assisted him to plan and manage the project. Today he is an established contractor in the area.
  • Overseeing the training of many unskilled community member during the 1996 KwaMashu hostel upgrade
  • The contribution of R20 000 to the Classroom Building Programme at Utrecht (in conjunction with Umzinyathi Projects Group (Pty) Ltd. Consulting Engineers.

 

In addition to these commitments, the Africost Directors are responsible for ensuring consistent and procative education and training, across the following disciplines:

  • Planning and Cost Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Tender Documentation
  • Project Administration
  • Project Management
  • Construction Management
  • Human Relations and Training
  • Property Development
  • Finance
  • Management and Administration