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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge and ability to work in a surface mine 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
253025  Demonstrate knowledge and ability to work in a surface 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 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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
110191  Demonstrate knowledge and ability to work in a surface mine  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard will be useful to people who are required to demonstrate knowledge and ability to work in a surface mine. People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Explain the requirements of he relevant aspects of the Mine Health and Safety Act.
  • Demonstrate understanding of emergency procedures.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of strata control.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of applicable ISO standards.

    The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and contribute to the upliftment and economic growth of the mining and minerals sector.

    This unit standard is intended to promote general skills and understanding of demonstrating knowledge and ability to work in surface mine in the mining and minerals sector in order to ensure knowledgeable competent and informed workers. 

  • 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:
  • Communication at NQF Level 1.
  • Mathematical Literacy NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    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 
    The objectives of Occupational Health and Safety are outlined in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act. 

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

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

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Offences related to Occupational Health and Safety that can be committed by employers or employees are explained in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Explanation of offences must include the following:
  • Damage, misuse or interference 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 
    Duties that an employee on a mine has with regard to occupational health and safety are explained in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate understanding of emergency procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Emergencies are defined in terms of the mine's Emergency Procedure Document. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Strategies to be followed during an emergency are explained in accordance with legal and operational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an awareness of strata conditions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Unsafe strata conditions are described by means of the identification of their features. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Unsafe strata conditions are explained in terms of the associated hazards and risks. 

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

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate an awareness of applicable I.S.O. standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Sub standard conditions are described in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Hazards associated with sub standard conditions are described in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Measures to rectify sub standard conditions are described in terms of specified requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a leaner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with relevant ETQA, according to ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this Unit Standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:

    Knowledge relating to working on a surface mine:
  • Relevant aspects of the Mine Health and Safety Act.
  • Emergency preparedness and response.
  • Aspects relating to strata control.
  • Relevant terminology.
  • Possible non-conformances, their consequences and mitigating actions.

    Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Issues:
  • Significant hazards and risks related to working in a surface mine, their consequences and mitigating actions.
  • PPE requirements and the reason for each.

    Applicable statutory and site specific requirements:
  • Relevant clauses from applicable acts and regulations relating to working in a surface mine.
  • Codes of practice and in-company Procedures.
  • Relevant ISO clauses. 

  • 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 learner 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 learner 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 learner 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 learner 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 showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Note:
  • The learner demonstrates and understanding of and ability to use advanced mining technology in terms of production, safety and communication. 

  • 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 
    Terminology:

    Specified Requirements:

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

    Legal:
  • Relevant Acts: e.g. Mine Health and Safety Act and Regulations, 1996 (Act 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act 50/1991).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SANS and other relevant Standards.
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives/Instructions.
  • Guidelines issued by the Chief Inspector of Mines.
  • Material Safety Data Sheets.

    Site-Specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Mine Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OH and S Risks.
  • Working Guides.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications.

    Unit Standard Justification:

    Level:

    Attribute; Level; Justification:
  • Skills; Level 2; Moderate in range.
  • Procedures; Level 2; Established and familiar.
  • Context; Level 2; Routine and familiar.
  • Knowledge; Level 2; Basic operational.
  • Information processing; Level 2; Basic processing of readily available information.
  • Problem Solving; Level 2; Known solutions to familiar problems.
  • Orientation of activities; Level 2; Directed.
  • Application of responsibility; Level 2; Some responsibility for quantity and quality, and possible responsibility for guiding others.
  • Orientation of scope of responsibility; Level 2; Under general supervision and quality control.

    Average Level: = 2.0.
    Actual Level Assigned: = 2.

    Credits:

    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcome:

    Activity; Hours:
  • Classroom Teaching; 50 Hours.
  • On-The-Job Training; 20 Hours.
  • Couching Required; 10 Hours.

    Total = 80 Hours.

    Credits Achieved: = 80/10 = 8.0.
    Credits Assigned: = 8. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  59549   National Certificate: Strata Control Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 
    Elective  62869   National Certificate: Rockbreaking: Surface Excavations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  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. Concor Projects (pty) Ltd 
    11. De Beers Voorspoed Mine 
    12. EASTERN PLATINUM LIMITED 
    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. KHUMANI IRON ORE MINE 
    21. KHUTALA COLLIERY 
    22. KOLOMELA MINE 
    23. Kumba Sishen HRD Centre 
    24. LAFARGE SOUTH AFRICA PTY LTD 
    25. Mathome Training & Development 
    26. MATLA COLLIERY 
    27. MESSINA PLATINUM MINES 
    28. MODIKWA PLATINUM MINE 
    29. MOOLMAN BROS CONST CO PTY 
    30. MURRAY & ROBERTS CEMENTATION PTY LTD 
    31. NKOMATI MINE 
    32. NORTHAM PLATINUM LIMITED 
    33. Palabora Copper Pty Ltd 
    34. PMC TRAINING CONSULTANTS AND ASSOCIATES (PTY) LTD 
    35. PRETORIA PORTLAND CEMENT CO_LTD (HEAD OFFICE) 
    36. Prisma Training Solutions 
    37. SAFETY TRAINING PRACTITIONERS PTY LTD 
    38. SANHS Labour Hire t/a SAN CONTRACTING SERVICES 
    39. SENZEKO EXECUTIVE RISK CC 
    40. SIBANYE GOLD ACADEMY PROPRIETARY LIMITED 
    41. SMC Mining and Drilling Training Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    42. Stefanutti Stocks Mining Services Salaries 
    43. Technology Risk Solutions 
    44. THARISA MINERALS PTY LTD 
    45. Triton Training and Development 
    46. TROLLOPE MINING SERVICES (PTY) LTD 
    47. VENETIA MINE 
    48. WESTERN PLATINUM KAREE MINE 
    49. WESTERN PLATINUM MINE 
    50. XSTRATA COAL 
    51. XTRACT TRAINING SERVICES (PTY) LTD 
    52. ZAAIMAN EXPLORATION DRILLING (PTY) LTD 
    53. ZULEK TRAINING SPECIALISTS (PTY) LTD 



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