BACKGROUND : Quantity surveyors play an important role in providing cost and contractual
advice in the built environment. This article seeks to investigate the current extent of their
involvement in public–private partnerships (PPPs) in South Africa.
AIM : The study intends to establish factors that influence quantity surveyors’ participation in
METHODOLOGY : A mixed-methods research approach was followed by firstly conducting a
survey amongst South African quantity surveyors in order to determine their level of
participation in PPPs. For triangulation purposes, a case study was also conducted.
RESULTS : The results of the research show that, although quantity surveyors have the
corresponding skills and competencies required in a PPP project, their current involvement in
PPPs in South Africa is limited and that there is a greater role they can play in future.
CONCLUSION : Quantity surveyors are uniquely positioned to play a bigger role in the
implementation of PPPs in South Africa.