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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Recognise and develop eco-business opportunities in a local community 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115595  Recognise and develop eco-business opportunities in a local community 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Society and Environment Interactions 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 07 - Human and Social Studies Environmental Relations 
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 is intended to enable learners to identify and promote eco-entrepreneurship or business opportunities based on a market-oriented solution to a local society and environment interaction issue.

This Unit Standards is not primarily entrepreneurial, but also focuses on how society and environment interaction issues are being addressed in relation to entrepreneurial opportunities. These opportunities need to be recognised and developed in ways that have a positive impact on society and the environment.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Identifying aspects of society and environment interactions that can be addressed through eco-business interventions
  • Identifying and describing the requirements for developing an eco-business opportunity
  • Developing an eco-business plan
  • Developing an incubation and mentorship plan for a new eco-business venture 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Basic numeracy, literacy and communication skills at NQF level 3. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Society and environment interactions can be seen simply as human activities that interact with the natural resources around us in ways that that have an impact (positive or negative) on people's lives and/or on the natural resources. Some of these interactions can result from simple actions at a household level, or they may be result from larger structures in society and the way they are set up or operate, for example, a particular economic system, a land tenure policy, a development strategy, or the way legislation is defined. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify eco-business interventions and their impact on society and environment interactions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Suitable eco-business opportunities are identified and described with examples in relation to society and environment interactions and their viability in a specific community. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Basic principles of supply and demand are identified and described in relation to the eco-business opportunity. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Principles relate to market, competitiveness, pricing, consumers, and South African economy.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The benefits of the eco-business opportunity are identified and explained in relation to the impact on society and environment in a specific community. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The role of innovative thinking and creativity in the eco-business opportunity is explained in terms of its impact on society and environment interactions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify and describe the requirements for developing an eco-business opportunity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Market research of a potential eco-business opportunity is conducted in terms of its need in a specific community. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Associated risks in setting up an eco-business opportunity are identified and ways of dealing with them explored with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Key elements of an eco-business opportunity are described in terms of raw materials or other inputs, products and management processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The market potential of an eco-business is examined and described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A code of ethics is explained in relation to an eco-business opportunity and the impact on society and environment interactions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Develop an eco-business plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An implementation plan is developed indicating time frames, deadlines, and priorities for the eco-business venture. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Key categories and sources of resources (human, materials, machinery and capital) are identified and a sustainable and equitable plan for acquiring them is outlined with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A costing plan or budget is developed outlining income and expenditure implications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An appropriate marketing strategy and plan is compiled for the eco-business venture. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A management plan is developed indicating structures and ways of interacting with employees, stakeholders and role-players. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The eco-business plan is presented to all stakeholders in the community. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Develop an incubation and mentorship plan for a new eco-business venture. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Key stages of an eco-business growth cycle are identified and described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Key principles and approaches to eco-business incubation and mentorship are identified and described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Key principles and approaches to eco-business development monitoring and evaluation are identified and described in relation to the impact on society and environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A mentorship plan is developed which incorporates the above key principles. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Assessment of this Unit Standard should be contextual and practical as far as possible.
  • Assessors must be registered as assessors with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessors, accredited by the relevant ETQA, must have a qualification relating to Society and Environment Interactions or an equivalent qualification at NQF level 5.
  • Moderators must be registered as assessors with the appropriate ETQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the appropriate ETQA.
  • Moderation should include both internal and external moderation where applicable. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Using critical and creative thinking when identifying potential eco-business opportunities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, by organising and planning activities before conducting a market research project. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively when conducting market research activities. 

    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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48884   Further Education and Training Certificate (FETC): Community Facilitation in Society and Environment Interactions  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30   
    Elective  80946   National Certificate: Community Development  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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. ABA Sebenzi 
    2. AVAX SA 481 CC. T/A Mandisa Development Services 
    3. IQ Skills Academy (PTY) LTD. 
    4. Vhutshilo Health And Training Organisation 



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