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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Consider plant botany during the placement of bee hives 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116123  Consider plant botany during the placement of bee hives 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Primary Agriculture 
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 
The learner achieving this unit standard will be able to understand and evaluate nutritional resources for bees as found in various plants in environmental niches. In addition they will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of beekeeping.

Learners will gain specific knowledge and skills in bee keeping practices and will be able to operate in an animal production environment implementing sustainable and economically viable production principles.

They will be capacitated to gain access to the mainstream agricultural sector, in animal production, impacting directly on the sustainability of the sub-sector. The improvement in production technology will also have a direct impact on the improvement of agricultural productivity of the sector. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that a learner attempting this unit standard will demonstrate competence against the following unit standard or equivalent:
  • NQF 1: Understand the basic practices of beekeeping and the benefit thereof for agriculture. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Whilst range statements have been defined generically to include as wide a set of alternatives as possible, all range statements should be interpreted within the specific context of application.

    Range statements are neither comprehensive nor necessarily appropriate to all contexts. Alternatives must however be comparable in scope and complexity. These are only as a general guide to scope and complexity of what is required. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify the estimated qualitative and quantitative nutritional value of various plants providing nutrition for bees. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Bee plants include but are not limited to nectar, pollen and propolis producing trees, shrubs (including aquatic plants, perennial herbs, shrublets and succulents), weeds, crop plants (commercial and garden), creepers and semi-climbers, annuals and biennials, bulbous plants (corms, rhizomes and tubers), ground covers, eucalypts.

    Bee nutrition sources include but are not limited to plant-sap, nectar, honeydew, pollen, propolis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The ability to identify, evaluate and illustrate various bee plants at potential, proposed or existing beekeeping sites and in other environmental niches is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to identify, demonstrate and illustrate estimates of the qualitative nutritional value of these various bee plants is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ability to identify, demonstrate and illustrate estimates of the quantitative nutritional value of these various bee plants is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify the environmental requirements of various plants that provide nutrition for bees. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Environmental requirements include but are not limited to the soil type and structure, soil moisture and atmospheric moisture requirements, pH, wind tolerance, proximity of other vegetation, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Bee plants are evaluated in their environment and their environmental requirements in situ are assessed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Bee plants are evaluated in the literature to determine their environmental requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role of various environmental influences on the qualitative and quantitative production of bee forage is identified. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Observe, illustrate and report on observations regarding bees foraging on specific plants for specific nutritional sources where they grow within environmental niches over time. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Bee plants include but are not limited to nectar, pollen and propolis producing trees, shrubs (including aquatic plants, perennial herbs, shrublets and succulents), weeds, crop plants (commercial and garden), creepers and semi-climbers, annuals and biennials, bulbous plants (corms, rhizomes and tubers), ground covers, eucalypts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The flight of bees foraging on various plants and plant parts are understood, described and illustrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The activities of bees foraging on the various plant parts are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The attractiveness of the specific bee plant to bees is estimated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The value of the plant as a source for bee nutrition based on the observations made is estimated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Expand the knowledge and range of names, identification and potential of known important qualitative and quantitative nutritional resource plants for nectar, pollen and propolis production. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Plants include but are not limited to flowering trees, shrubs (including aquatic plants, perennial herbs, shrublets and succulents), weeds, crop plants (commercial and garden), creepers and semi-climbers, annuals and biennials, bulbous plants (corms, rhizomes and tubers), ground covers, eucalypts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The literature is observed, studied and scanned regarding the quantitative nutritional value of plants for bees. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The literature is observed, studied and scanned regarding the qualitative nutritional value of plants for bees. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The literature is observed, studied and scanned regarding the identification of important pollen and nectar producing flora. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established assessment principles.

    It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the qualifying learners are working. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment, formative and summative assessment, portfolios and observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes; critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge are assessed.

    The specific outcomes must be assessed through observation of performance. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

    Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral or written evidence and cannot be assessed only by being observed.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a qualifying learner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, then they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The person is able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of:
  • Comprehension, identification and understanding of the specific nectar and pollen bearing plant species.
  • Origin of nectar, pollen and propolis.
  • Bee plant botany.
  • Sensory observation and evaluation of bee plants over time.
  • Observation of bee visits to various plants over time.
  • Evaluation of the potential of bee plants for production.
  • Bee plant classification, nomenclature and common name terms.
  • The purpose of learning about bee plants and botany.
  • Bee nutrition.
  • Plant / bee symbiosis.
  • Basic record keeping.
  • Observation of sensory cues in plants and bees. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem Solving: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork: relates to specific outcome:
  • Identify the environmental requirements of various plants that provide nutrition for bees. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-Organisation and Management: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Interpretation of information: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication: relates to specific outcomes:
  • Identify the environmental requirements of various plants that provide nutrition for bees.
  • Observe, illustrate and report on observations regarding bees foraging on specific plants for specific nutritional sources where they grow within environmental niches over time. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Science and technology: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The world as a set: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Personal Development: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48976   National Certificate: Animal Production  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  48977   National Certificate: Mixed Farming Systems  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    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. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    2. Boikgantsho Consulting & Events 
    3. Bumunhu Services Providers Cc 
    4. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    5. Dihwai Food Cultural and Agricultural Services 
    6. Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute 
    7. Escay Catering and other Services 
    8. Heedmorine Training 
    9. Impact Plus Training Consultants 
    10. Knowledge For Ever 
    11. Madzivhandila Agricultural College 
    12. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    13. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    14. Mobile Agri Skills Development and Training NPC 
    15. Mogaladi Business Enterprise 
    16. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    17. Mpontshe Training 
    18. Mvelo Consultant 
    19. Nophelo Training Centre 
    20. Novi General Services 
    21. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    22. Selipha Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    23. Setlakala Business Development 
    24. Siyafundisa I Africa 
    25. Siyasanga Training Centre 
    26. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    27. Taletso FET College - Central Office 
    28. Thuto Boshwa Skills Development Services 
    29. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    30. Tripple R Training Provider 
    31. University of Limpopo 
    32. Vari Consulting 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.