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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate a basic understanding of the aggregates industry 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
10484  Demonstrate a basic understanding of the aggregates industry 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will be useful to people working in the aggregates manufacturing industry. People credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate a basic understanding of
  • materials used for aggregates;
  • the extraction and processing of aggregates;
  • the nature of products and applications;
  • the nature of the business and
  • statutory issues impacting on the industry 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • None 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Name and identify materials used for aggregates. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The materials used for aggregates in the specific quarry are named and identified 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include the following:
  • Coarse and fine aggregates
  • Alluvials, gravels, weathered rocks and natural sands
  • Waste rock and slag
  • Marine aggregates
  • Re-cycled materials
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the extraction and processing of aggregates 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The purpose and procedure of prospecting activities are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The purpose and function of topsoil and overburden removal and storage are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The extraction of aggregates material (drilling, blasting, loading and hauling) is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Alternative methods of aggregates material extraction are explained where appropriate (dredging, waste dump recovery). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The processing of the material in the aggregates plant is explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include the following:
  • Primary crushing
  • Crushing/screening
  • Washing and classification
  • Blending/storage
  • Loading/weighing/despatch
  • Waste disposal measures
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. The environmental management programme is explained in terms of rehabilitation and pollution controls. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe the nature of products and applications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Quality descriptors used in the aggregates industry are listed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include the following:
  • Density
  • Strength
  • Durability
  • Shape
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Water absorption
  • Size distribution/Grading
  • Inertness
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The application of aggregates products is explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include the following:
  • Cement/lime manufacturing
  • Concrete and concrete products
  • Roads construction (base, asphalt, chippings)
  • Ballast
  • Filter media
  • Speciality sands
  • Fill, gabions and armouring
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe the nature of the business. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The considerations determining the location of the quarry are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include the following:
  • Quality of materials
  • Proximity to markets
  • Environmentally sensitive
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Economic factors impacting on the business are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include the following:
  • Capital intensive
  • Low value/high volume
  • Transport sensitive
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The importance of producing products that meet customer specifications, is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Demonstrate understanding of the statutory issues impacting on the business. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The impacts of various statutes on the business are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include the following:
  • Mine Health and Safety Act
  • Minerals Act
  • Explosives Act
  • Environmental Acts
  • Water Acts
     


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.

    2. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.

    3. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge, candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes to the standards described in the assessment criteria. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate`s performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to identify substandard and hazardous conditions, assess and take appropriate action. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community.
    Note: The ability and willingness of the candidate to accept and interpret work instructions correctly. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage himself / herself and his / her activities responsibly and effectively.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to indicate what methods, tools and personal protective equipment are required, and to communicate to fellow workers his / her intentions and the assistance required. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to reconcile the information from visual and physical examinations and constantly evaluate the changing situation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and / or language skills in the modes of oral and / or written presentations.
    Note: The appropriate communication with the relevant personnel with regard to the reporting of hazards and substandard conditions will indicate his / her proficiency in effective communication. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, thus showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
    Note: The use of science and technology is not relevant for this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to identify and refer anomalous behaviour to a specialist confirms his / her understanding of the fact that a specific observation, inference, action or decision may have a devastating effect. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    1. TERMINOLOGY:

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    1.1 LEGAL
  • Relevant Acts, e.g. Mine Health & Safety Act, 1996 (Act No. 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act No. 50/1991)
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice
  • SABS and other relevant standards
  • Chief Inspector of Mines` Directives

    1.2 SITE-SPECIFIC
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme
  • Managerial Instructions
  • Mine Standard Procedures
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks
  • Working Guides
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications

    2. NOTES TO ASSESSORS:

    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember, we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence - of the prescribed type and quality as specified in this unit standard - that the candidate is able to achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well-documented principles of assessment, namely appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58267   General Education and Training Certificate: Mining and Minerals Processes  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 
    Elective  64909   National Certificate: Small Scale Mining  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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