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UP Leader Becomes Chair of Asocsa Heads Forum

Prof Tinus Maritz

About six months ago Professor Tinus Maritz became the Chair of the ASOCSA Heads Forum. We caught up with him after he was the runner up in his recent golf club championship. Knowing Tinus this was a bitter pill to swallow as he is a fierce competitor – a quality that has ensured his success as an able academic administrator.

When he accepted his appointment as HOD: Construction Economics at the University of Pretoria (UP) in March 2007 his vision was, inter alia, to create an environment in which lecturers, administrative staff and students may learn, grow and work together in harmony to advance individual skills as well as the techniques and science of the quantity surveying and construction management professions. In today's dynamic marketplace, staff and graduates from this foremost Department of its kind in South Africa, will continue to be relied upon to stay ahead of issues, technologies and innovations, and also to provide guidance and resources needed by the construction industry today and in the future.

After seven years at the helm Professor Maritz is convinced that "the Department is functioning well under my watch and that I have succeeded in creating an environment in which the personnel and students can learn, grow and work together."

Tinus has taught a wide range of subjects in his department but also through continuing education at UP in certificate programs covering dispute resolution, construction contracts and construction procurement. His passion for Construction Law has driven his research, the findings of which have impacted the South African construction industry.

He is a registered Professional Quantity Surveyor with the SACQSP and enjoys professional corporate membership of ASAQS, RICS and Association of Arbitrators (Southern Africa). He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Building.

Aside from his academic and research responsibilities which included supervising dissertations of postgraduate students, Tinus has served on many important committees within his profession. He has contributed to quantity surveying as practiced in South Africa through being involved with and responsible for accreditation visits, revision of policies on Education, Council Examinations and production of professional skills modules. More recently he has co-authored with Professor Thys Sigle a textbook for first year undergraduate students, Quantity Surveying Practice in South Africa.

While Tinus is looking forward to his formal retirement from academia he remains committed to contributing to higher education for many years to come. ASOCSA is indeed proud to have someone of his caliber to chair its important Heads Forum.