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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge and ability to work in an underground coal mine 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
110217  Demonstrate knowledge and ability to work in an underground coal mine 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
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 who are required to demonstrate knowledge and ability to work in an underground coal mine.

People credited with this Unit Standard are able to:
  • Explain the requirements of the relevant aspects of the Mine Health and Safety Act.
  • Demonstrate understanding and use of self contained self-rescuers.
  • Demonstrate the use of a cap lamp.
  • Demonstrate understanding of emergency procedures.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of strata control.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of ventilation standards. 

  • 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:
  • Open 

  • 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 
    Explain the requirements of the relevant aspects of the Mine Health and Safety Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The objectives of the Mine Health and Safety Act are outlined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The legal rights of the employee are outlined in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The legal rights of the employer are outlined in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The rights and powers of health and safety representatives are explained in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Offences listed under the Mine Health and Safety Act are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Offences must include the following:
  • Damage, misuse or interfere in any way with health and safety equipment that is provided for use in the mine
  • Negligent act or omission by one person that endangers the safety and health of another person at a mine
  • A person hindering any other person who is performing a function in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act
  • A person attempting to obtain any certificate of competency in a dishonest or fraudulent manner.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Duties that an employee on a mine has with regard to health and safety are explained in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. The specified requirements relating to the operation of machinery and equipment by competent persons only are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. Specified requirements relating to hazard identification and control are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate understanding and use of a self contained self-rescuer. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The self-contained self-rescuer is examined and fitness for use is demonstrated in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Consequences of abuse of self-contained self-rescuers are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Conditions under which self-contained self-rescuers are used are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Limitations of the self-contained self-rescuers are explained 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate the use of a caplamp. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The caplamp is drawn, used and returned in accordance with specified requirements (checking in and checking out). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The caplamp is examined and fitness for use is demonstrated and explained in terms of specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Risks of dismantling a caplamp underground are explained in terms of health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Procedures regarding a defective caplamp are explained in terms of corrective action. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate understanding of emergency procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Emergencies are defined in terms of the mine`s Emergency Procedure Document. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Emergencies must include the following:
  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Flooding
  • Gas emission
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Specified requirements relating to emergency procedures are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Demonstrate an awareness of strata conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Identification of features indicating unsafe strata conditions are explained in terms of specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Hazards associated with unsafe strata conditions are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Measures to treat unsafe strata conditions are explained in terms of specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Demonstrate an awareness of ventilation requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The method of measuring air flow (adequate velocity) in accordance with specified requirements is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Hazards associated with lack of ventilation are explained in terms of accumulation of gas and dust. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Measures to rectify shortcomings are explained in terms of specified requirements. 


    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 
    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 can 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: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Teminology:

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

    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

    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 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  21812   National Certificate: Mining Operations: Underground Coal  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 
    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 
    Elective  59549   National Certificate: Strata Control Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Adcorp Technical Training 
    2. AMJ Training (Pty) Ltd 
    3. ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD (V/R) 
    4. ASSMANG LTD 
    5. ASSOCIATED MANGANESE MINES OF SA LTD 
    6. BAFOKENG RASIMONE MANAGEMENT SERVICES PTY LTD 
    7. BANA BA THARI MINING TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY (PTY) LTD 
    8. Barberton Mines (pty) Ltd 
    9. COLLIERY TRAINING COLLEGE 
    10. CULLINAN DIAMOND MINE (PTY) LTD 
    11. EASTERN PLATINUM LIMITED 
    12. ERGO BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY 
    13. Exxaro Coal Pty Ltd 
    14. FOSKOR Pty Ltd 
    15. Fundisa Zonke Training Academy 
    16. HARMONY GOLD MINING COMPANY LIMITED 
    17. Hotazel Manganese Mines (pty)ltd 
    18. Impala Platinum Limited 
    19. IMPALA PLATINUM LIMITED - RUSTENBURG 
    20. KHUTALA COLLIERY 
    21. Kumba Sishen HRD Centre 
    22. LAFARGE SOUTH AFRICA PTY LTD 
    23. Marula PLATINUM (PTY) LTD 
    24. Mathome Training & Development 
    25. MATLA COLLIERY 
    26. MESSINA PLATINUM MINES 
    27. METSKILL (PTY) LTD 
    28. MODIKWA PLATINUM MINE 
    29. MURRAY & ROBERTS CEMENTATION PTY LTD 
    30. NKOMATI MINE 
    31. NORTHAM PLATINUM LIMITED 
    32. Palabora Copper Pty Ltd 
    33. PRETORIA PORTLAND CEMENT CO_LTD (HEAD OFFICE) 
    34. Rand Uranium (Pty) Ltd 
    35. SASOL GLOBAL LEARNING 
    36. SIBANYE GOLD ACADEMY PROPRIETARY LIMITED 
    37. Sibanye Gold Limited - Beatrix division 
    38. Sibanye Gold Limited - Kloof division 
    39. Technology Risk Solutions 
    40. TSHEPO RECRUITMENT MINNING(PTY)LTD 
    41. TWO RIVERS PLATINUM (PTY) LTD 
    42. VENETIA MINE 
    43. WESTERN PLATINUM KAREE MINE 
    44. WESTERN PLATINUM MINE 
    45. XSTRATA COAL 
    46. XTRACT TRAINING SERVICES (PTY) LTD 
    47. ZULEK TRAINING SPECIALISTS (PTY) LTD 



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