Purpose: Many countries in the world are using Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs)
as an alternative procurement method for the delivery of public services. The
research investigates the use of PPPs in South Africa, as a means of public
infrastructure procurement, and the role that quantity surveyors could play in PPPs.
Design/Methodology: A survey questionnaire was conducted among South African
quantity surveyors, in order to determine their level of involvement in PPPs. The
survey questions were divided into five categories: background information; level of
knowledge and participation in PPPs; traditional and non-traditional roles of quantity
surveyors; respondents perceptions regarding the education and competency of a
quantity surveyor; and lastly, further education.
A case study of a completed PPP in South Africa was also conducted for
Findings: Firstly, the research shows that PPPs are an alternative procurement
method for public infrastructure procurement in South Africa. Secondly, the study
shows that, although quantity surveyors possess the relevant skills and
competencies required in a PPP project, their current involvement in PPPs in South
Africa is limited.
Originality/Value: The findings have highlighted the many opportunities that exist
for quantity surveyors in PPP projects in South Africa. Given that PPPs are still in
their infancy in South Africa, and the government s commitment to PPPs, further
research is required in this field.