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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct post harvest cutting of Rooibos 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
123156  Conduct post harvest cutting of Rooibos 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Secondary 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 
A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Operate a Rooibos cutting machine.
  • Cut the raw material to customer specifications.
  • Ensure that the maximum yield is obtained. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Apply the relevant safety regulations for the operation of the cutting machines. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: PPC, PPE, functional capacity, safety guards, safety SOP's, good housekeeping. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The necessity of wearing the correct PPC. and PPE is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The reasons why the health and functional capacity of an operator must be confirmed before work commences, are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The specific safety requirements, as per the company's Standard Operating Procedures that must be applied when using the cutting machines are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The reasons why the safety guards must be in place while operating the cutting machines are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The procedures for the inspection of the safety equipment are applied according to company requirement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The role that good housekeeping plays in the minimizing of safety incidents is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Conduct the preparation and preventative maintenance procedures on the cutting machines. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: sharpen blades, set blades, dismantle equipment, replace parts, assemble equipment, lubricate. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The cutting equipment is dismantled. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The procedures for setting the cutting machine blades are performed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The reasons for ensuring that the blades of the cutting machine are kept sharp are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The method and procedures for sharpening the blades are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The routine replacement of the wearing parts of the cutting machine is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The re-assembly of the cutting equipment is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The lubrication points on the cutting machine are indicated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The type of lubricants and the methods of applying these are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Operate a Rooibos cutting machine. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: opening of bushels, pre-feeding QA(quality assurance), feeding raw material, length of cut adjustment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The procedures for opening and stacking bushels prior to feeding the cutting machine are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The necessity of conducting a raw material quality control at the pre-feeding stage is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The procedures for feeding the cutting machine are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The correct operation of the cutting machine is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The adjustment of the "length of cut" is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Convey and transfer the cut product from the cutting mill. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: conveying, transporting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The material is conveyed from the cutting deck to the discharge chute according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The procedures for transferring the cut material from the cutting mill are explained. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • 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 must be accredited as a provider through 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 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made by:
  • Ensuring that the cutting machine is adjusted to meet the clients individual specifications. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner is able to work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or communities by:
  • Interacting with others in the feeding and retrieval of the cut raw material. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Following the quality control criteria for the pre feeding of bushels in the cutting machine.
  • Coordinating the pre feeding of bushels and the collecting of the cut raw material. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Noting the frequency that the blades have to be changed, to ensure that sharp spares are readily available.
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation by:
  • Reporting of any malfunction of the cutting machine.
  • Relaying feedback on the quality of the bushels in the pre feeding section. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
  • Understanding the importance of using sharp blades in the cutting machine.
  • Utilising preventative maintenance checks to ensure the correct operation of the cutting machine. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation:
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts.
  • Exploring education and career opportunities.
  • Developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The learner is able to contribute to the full personal development of themselves and the social and economic development of the society at large:
  • Evident in 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 
    The Learner:
  • Is expected to perform the specific outcomes reflected in this unit standard without direct supervision.
  • Should have access to work site procedures.
  • Should demonstrate an application of ethics and values.
  • Must apply basic principles of general safety and customer care.
  • Should demonstrate an awareness of the expectations and obligations of basic employee/employer relations including industrial relations principles.

    At this level the communication/reporting of issues arising in the workplace, is embedded in the specific outcomes and the related assessment criteria.

    It is understood that, due to the nature of the work environment and the skills level of the Learner, that the aspects of teamwork form an integral part of the necessary specific outcomes and related assessment criteria.

    The points included under the notes, should be included when the qualifying Learners are being assessed. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  50226   National Certificate: Rooibos Processing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  50227   National Certificate: Rooibos Production  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 



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