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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Manage cultural heritage resources in the field 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
253958  Manage cultural heritage resources in the field 
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 
This unit standard is intended for individuals whose duties and responsibilities include the management of cultural heritage resources and sites in their operational areas. Management implementation will be based on relevant/appropriate cultural heritage resource/site plans.

Individuals credited with this unit standard will be able to assist in heritage management planning activities by drafting a cultural heritage resource/site plan given the context of relevant legislation, protected area objectives, and local community customs, both past and present cultures as well as historical and archaeological sites. Resulting competencies will enable the learner to assist in implementing cultural heritage resource & site management requirements, monitoring implementation and revision of the plan.

Persons credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Contextualise cultural heritage resource management within the Learner's operational area.
  • Assist in the development of a cultural heritage resources management plan.
  • Supervise the implementation of the cultural heritage site plan.
  • Supervise the monitoring of a cultural heritage resources management plan. 

  • 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.

    It is assumed that the learner has attained the unit standards "Implement Cultural Resources Heritage Management in the Field" NQF Level 2 and "Orientate, navigate, use and create maps in conservation areas" NQF Level 2 or respective equivalent competencies.

    The "Apply basic conservation management planning" NQF Level 5 Unit standard is complimentary to this unit standard and it is advised. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Contextualise cultural heritage resource management within the Learner's operational area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Cultural heritage resource management is defined and the significance motivated in the context of broad society, nature conservation and a conservation area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Interpret cultural heritage resource management in terms of the cultural heritage legislation in South Africa. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    National and/or provincial legislation, world heritage sites, UNESCO.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Responsible cultural heritage agencies, local role players and representatives are identified and their roles and responsibilities are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Assist in the development of a cultural heritage resources management plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Participation of relevant stakeholders is sourced in the development process. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Past and present cultures, lifestyles, practices and customs, possible threats and opportunities for cultural heritage resource and nature conservation management.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Participation of the relevant cultural heritage authority is sourced in the development process. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Legislative framework, policies.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The formulation of the plan conforms to existing organisational planning procedures and best practices. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    UNESCO, National Guidelines.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Supervise the implementation of the cultural heritage site plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The appropriate physical protection of a site is implemented and maintained according to the site plan. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Signage; permissions; access routes; law enforcement applications; access procedures.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Site activities are implemented and recorded according to the site plan. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Clearing, thinning, invasive species removal & follow-ups, carrying capacity controls, visitor protection in dangerous game areas, guide control.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Monitor the implementation of the cultural heritage resource management plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Site activities are reviewed according to monitoring procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Visitor and/or environmental impacts are assessed and recorded.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Site impact report is compiled and submitted towards revision of the cultural heritage resource management plan. 


    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 
  • Principles of cultural heritage resource management.
  • Cultural heritage resource management plans.
  • Site assessment criteria.
  • Potential impacts on cultural heritage sites.
  • The causes of cultural heritage site deterioration.
  • Collecting, recording and reporting of data.
  • Cultural heritage site routine maintenance.
  • Reasons for cultural heritage site conservation.
  • National Heritage Resources Act (Act 25 of 1999) and any other appropriate legislation and regulations relating to the Act.
  • Basic knowledge of the tools, equipment, lifestyle and culture of the relevant period.
  • Consultation and presentation skills.
  • UNESCO and National guidelines. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Operate in a team:
  • Teamwork is of critical importance in the implementation and maintaining of the cultural heritage resources management plans of the organisation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage own activities:
  • Providing assistance in interventions aimed at preserving cultural heritage sites requires the learner to work in a methodical and systematic manner. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication:
  • Effective communication, both verbal and written as well as cross-cultural, is required for the management of the cultural heritage resources management plan. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    See the world as a set of interrelated systems:
  • A clear understanding of the interplay between human activity and the conservation of the natural environment is essential for successfully completing this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Personal development:
  • This unit standard represents an important opportunity for the learner to grow in understanding of the rich cultural diversity of South Africa. It emphasizes the need for a learner to achieve a broad perspective on and appreciation for the variety and richness of the cultural heritages of South Africa. 

  • 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.
  • Maintaining cultural heritage resources.

    Learners should have a basic understanding of social rights and responsibilities within the operational area, whilst ensuring sustainable utilisation of sites.

    Site identification should reflect an understanding of the key concepts and principles underlying cultural heritage resources management and should include consideration of different cultural origins.

    Categories of sites should be explained in the context of local, regional and/or sub-regional history. Qualifying learners should be able to list what activities are legally allowed, or not allowed, at cultural heritage sites. Their explanation should reflect an elementary understanding of the way in which legislation contributes to cultural heritage resources management.

    Learning should focus on an understanding and implementation of cultural heritage resource management plans. Implementation should include various role-players and stakeholders. Attention should also focus on the necessity for planning, at a basic level. Different management techniques are explored, with an emphasis on sites that receive public visitation and/or sites rated as extremely significant and/or valuable.

    Site management should occur within the context of public participation and consultation. The qualifying learner's explanation should indicate an understanding of a management plan.

    Qualifying learners should be able to perform routine maintenance within rules and regulations pertaining to management plans. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  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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