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SACAP concerned about charging of ‘ridiculously low architectural fees

Friday, 12 April 2019  
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SACAP concerned about charging of ‘ridiculously low architectural fees’

Johannesburg, Friday 12 April 2019. The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) has today come out strongly against the growing trend of charging ridiculously low and below-the-cost rates for architectural services by some Registered Persons (RPs).

This after numerous complaints that some RPs are either leaving their clients in the lurch with work incomplete or demanding more money for the job as they realize that what they charged was falling way short of covering their costs.

This unsustainable phenomenon has led resulted in an increase in abandoned projects or projects overshooting the client’s budgets due to poor costing.

“As SACAP we are extremely worried about this behaviour by some RPs. These kinds of practices expose the public to an unnecessary financial burden which has not been budgeted for and leads to delays, or even the complete stopping of the implementation of projects - leaving disappointed clients with unfulfilled dreams,” acting SACAP Registrar, Advocate Toto Fiduli said.

“We condemn this practice in strongest possible terms, and wish to draw RPs attention to the fact that this practice will not only result in the unsustainability of their business, but has the potential to completely kill the architectural profession,” the acting Registrar said.

SACAP has warned that the matter was now the subject of the Code of Conduct investigation and any RPs found guilty of the practice could have their registrations suspended or revoked.