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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of Rooibos culture practices 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
123158  Demonstrate an understanding of Rooibos culture practices 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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  12 
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:
  • Identify the unique features of Rooibos.
  • Recognise the soil conditions that are suitable for the cultivation of Rooibos.
  • Apply the cultural practices to facilitate the highest yield within the climatic constraints.
  • Utilize knowledge of the cultivation techniques on a Rooibos farm. 

  • 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 
    Describe the unique features of the Rooibos plant. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: needle like leaves, drought resistance, growth habit / scrub, characteristics of the root system, root depth, maturation harvesting cycle, good drainage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The growth habits and physical appearance of the Rooibos plant are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The characteristics of the leaves of the Rooibos plants are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The unique characteristics of the Rooibos root system are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The drought resistance of an established Rooibos plant is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The time taken for a seedling to reach maturity is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The harvesting cycle for a mature plant is described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Show an understanding of the soil conditions that are conducive to growing Rooibos. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: drainage, soil type, crop rotation, nutrients. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The soil types that are most suitable for the cultivation of Rooibos are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The drainage requirements of the soil profile for Rooibos cultivation are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The P.H. levels that the Rooibos plant can tolerate are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The ideal P.H. range for the successful cultivation of Rooibos is detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The nutrients that are essential for the growth of Rooibos are detailed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe suitable climatic conditions for the successful cultivation of Rooibos. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: temperature, rainfall, frost. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The Rooibos plant's re-action to changes in temperature is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The temperature range for the successful cultivation of Rooibos is detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The annual rainfall requirements for the cultivation of Rooibos are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The optimal rainfall season for the cultivation of Rooibos is detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The Rooibos plant's tolerance to frost is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Show an understanding of the pest control practices that are necessary to ensure a viable Rooibos crop. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: Identify pest, sample, report extent of infestation, methods of combating pests, typical signs of infestation, extent of infestation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The types of pests that most commonly affect the Rooibos plants are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The signs that are typical of insect infestation are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The different types of pest are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The procedures for pest sampling are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The extent of infestation that must be evident before curative action is required, is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The various methods of combating pests are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The safety procedures that must be adhered to when working with hazardous chemicals are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the necessity for weed control and the eradication practices that are conducted. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: water consumption, nutrient usage, foliar contamination at harvesting, aroma contamination, herbicides, residual period of herbicides. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The effect that the water consumption of neighbouring weeds have on the loss of available moisture to the Rooibos plants is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effect that the nutrient usages of neighbouring weeds have on the depletion of available nutrients to the Rooibos plants is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The foliar contamination of weeds that are harvested with Rooibos is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The aromatic contamination of Rooibos from pungent weeds is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The procedures for the efficient removal of weeds by hand is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The procedures for the eradication of weeds using herbicides is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The safety procedures that must be adhered to when working with hazardous chemicals are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The importance of ensuring that the herbicide residual period has elapsed before the Rooibos is harvested, is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Describe the crop rotation processes for Rooibos production. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: Reasons for crop rotation, rotation practices, period, results, alternative crops. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The crop rotation practices in order to ensure sustainable land are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The reasons for conducting crop rotation are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ideal period for crop rotation is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The results of crop rotation are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The alternative crops that are used in rotation are detailed. 


    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 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected in the assessment criteria for each specific outcome and must be assed in its own right, through oral and written evidence. Observation cannot be the only assessment. 

    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:
  • Applying the appropriate weeding techniques near the Rooibos plants. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner is able to work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or communities by:
  • Participating with others in the eradication of weeds in the plantation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Using the correct concentration and application rate when applying pesticides.
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Conducting pest sampling to evaluate the degree of infestation.
  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively. 

  • 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 on the maturity and condition of the Rooibos plants.
  • Relaying information on the effectiveness of the pest control program. 

  • 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 that the residual period has on the usage of pesticides in the plantation.
  • Recognising the presence of disease or insect infestation and the most effective methods to combat these. 

  • 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.
  • Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

  • 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.
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts.
  • Exploring education and career opportunities.
  • Developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

  • 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  50227   National Certificate: Rooibos Production  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  50226   National Certificate: Rooibos Processing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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