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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Assist with the provision of water in a protected area 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
253955  Assist with the provision of water in a protected area 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Nature Conservation 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Nature Conservation 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 qualifying learner assessed as competent against this unit standard will be able to provide for the water requirements of specific land areas for both animals and humans. Achieving this unit standard will improve the qualifying learner's skills, employability and effectiveness as a conservator.

The qualifying learner will be able to:
  • Outline the ways in which the provision of water serves as an ecological management tool.
  • Explain how water is provided at artificial drinking sites.
  • Evaluate measures for water provision.
  • Implement ground water management measures. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Outline the ways in which the provision of water serves as an ecological management tool 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The effect of the availability of water on the movement of animals and the condition of the veld is outlined from an ecological management perspective. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ways in which an artificial drinking site impacts on the ecology, on animals and on human settlements is compared. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Health, tourism, ethical, legal and local historical points of view, movement of animals.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The legal and policy implications of the provision of water as an artificial source within a protected area is reviewed as it applies to ecological management. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The interactions (or lack of interaction) between animals as a result of the artificial provision of water are interpreted from an ecological management perspective. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Animals of the same and of different species.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain how water is provided at an artificial watering source. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The water and habitat requirements of different wildlife species are explained as it applies to the operational environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Inter- and intra-relations of drinking habits.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The factors that determine the success or failure of an artificial watering source are explained as it applies to the operational environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Location of watering sources for both animals and humans.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Methods on how water is sourced, stored and delivered to an artificial watering source is identified and explained as it applies to the operational environment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Evaluate measures for water provision. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The advantages and disadvantages of measures taken to provide water in protected areas are evaluated from an ecological management perspective. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Pros and cons of water provision measures should be considered from ecological, animal and human interactions at water points, as well as their ethical, health, legal and policy implications, including their impact on tourism.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A water provision maintenance plan is implemented to support conservation management objectives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The water provision maintenance plan is evaluated to assess the extent to which it supports or impacts on conservation management objectives. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Impacts of artificial watering points, water quality, inter and/intra species interactions.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Implement ground water management measures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Water provision equipment and sites are maintained to meet basic ground water management objectives. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Gradient, soil types, boreholes, mono- and other pumps, pipelines and couplings, evaporation, storage facilities, water purification equipment, aesthetics, tourism requirements.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An explanation is given of the signs that water sources may be threatened by contamination. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Eutrophication, chemical pollution, sedimentation, limestone leaching.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Appropriate practical steps are taken to counteract the threat of water pollution. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing an individual against this unit standard must meet the assessor requirements of the relevant ETQA. In particular, such assessors must demonstrate that they assess in terms of the scope and context defined in all the range statements. Any institution offering learning towards this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA. External moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Personnel requirements and training.
  • Determining and checking equipment requirements.
  • Safety procedures.
  • Appropriate legislation.
  • Herbicide application.
  • Animal behaviour.
  • Veld ecology.
  • Population dynamics.
  • Water reticulation.
  • Soil science and soil reactions to disturbance.
  • Basic pasture management.
  • Catchment hydrology.
  • Water quality assessment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and management:
  • Implementing a water provision programme requires the learner to work methodically and systematically. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation:
  • The interpretation of ecological objectives and whether these may be achieved by the provision of artificial watering points contributes to this Critical Cross-Field Outcome. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication:
  • Dealing with contingencies; giving and following instructions correctly is essential to the safe and successful implementation of an artificial water provision programme. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology:
  • Science and technology is used in the proper operation and maintenance of equipment and machinery utilised in order to assist with water provision. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems:
  • Ecological awareness is essential in the responsible implementation of an artificial water provision programme and supports the awareness of the inter-relatedness of systems within the Nature Conservation environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Responsible citizenship:
  • Compliance with water provision legislation and taking into account the rights of neighbours when implementing water extraction practices contributes to responsible citizenship. 

  • 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 
    Demonstration of the knowledge and skills outlined in this unit standard must be consistent with the principles of:
  • Maintaining essential ecological processes and life-support systems.
  • Maintaining genetic, species and ecosystem diversity.
  • Considering ecological and social rights and responsibilities, whilst ensuring sustainable utilization of species and ecosystems, thereby yielding the greatest sustainable and equitable benefit to present generations whilst maintaining the potential to meet the needs and aspirations of future generations. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  59949   National Certificate: Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    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.
     
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