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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain the function of and demonstrate the ability to manage support teams 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
256860  Explain the function of and demonstrate the ability to manage support teams 
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 4  NQF Level 04 
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 will be useful to people who are responsible for managing support teams.

This unit standard is intended to promote general skills, knowledge and understanding of the management of support teams in the mining and minerals sector in order to ensure knowledgeable and informed workers.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Explain the need for quality and appropriate support installation.
  • Explain the need and purpose of support teams.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of managing support teams.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage support teams. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication and Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate understanding of the need for quality and appropriate support installation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role of support in ensuring stable excavations is explained in the context of mining operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The need for appropriate support type installation is explained in the context of mining operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences of poor quality support installation on support effectiveness are explained in the context of mining operations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate understanding of the need and purpose of support teams. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The need for support teams is explained in the context of mining operations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Can include:
  • Time required to install the different support types.
  • Specialised support types.
  • Secondary/tertiary support types.
  • Large excavation support types.
  • Rehabilitation of damaged excavations.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The purpose of support teams is explained in the context of mining operations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Support excavations for long term stability.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate knowledge of managing support teams. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Systems available to manage production are explained in the context of mining operations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Support requirement strategy and schedule.
  • Production limitations (budget, number of teams).
  • Prioritisation of excavations to be supported.
  • Actual supported ends vs. prioritised ends.
  • Planned production levels vs. Actual production levels.
  • Levels of support installation difficulty.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Systems available to ensure appropriate support installation are explained in the context of mining operations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Written support recommendations/standard.
  • Position of specific support installation indicated on production plans.
  • Installed support vs. recommended support.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Systems available to manage support quality are explained in the context of mining operations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Tests.
  • Visual quality control.
  • Report back.
  • Corrective actions.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Systems available to monitor support performance are explained in the context of mining operations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Load cells.
  • Extensometers.
  • Closure metres.
  • Visual observations.
  • Feedback for timeous rehabilitation.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate the ability to manage support teams. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Communication with workers and superiors is conducted effectively and promotes good teamwork. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Reports indicating systems used to manage production are provided in accordance with legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reports indicating systems used to ensure appropriate support installation are provided in accordance with legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Reports indicating systems used to manage support quality are provided accordance with legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Reports indicating systems used to monitor support performance are provided in accordance with legal and operational requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the 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 
    Knowledge and understanding:
  • The need for quality and appropriate support installation.
  • The need and purpose of support teams.
  • Managing support teams.

    Processes and events:
  • Manage support teams.
  • Report and communicate.

    Causes and effects (Occupational Health and Safety):
  • Adherence to occupational health and safety requirements.
  • Work related hazards and associated risks.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies and standards:
  • Occupational health, safety and environmental legislation and regulations.
  • Quality policies, standards and agreements. 

  • 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 effectively manage the installation of support in an effort to ensure stable excavations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.

    Note: The ability to bind the team workers into effective teams so that the mine's strategic objectives can be met through ensuring stable excavations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Note: The ability of the learner to collect the appropriate information to ensure that the teams effectively support the priority excavation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations.

    Note: The ability of the learner to apply management systems and communicate objectives and progress to team workers. 

    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 & Safety Act, 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.

    Site-specific:
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks.
  • Voluntary Codes of Practice.
  • Manufacturers Specifications.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications.
  • Working Guides.
  • Mine Standard Procedures.
  • Risk Assessment Documents.
  • South African Bureau of Standards and other standards. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  62796   Further Education and Training Certificate: Strata Control Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


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