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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply knowledge of ethical principles, standards and professional conduct in public sector management and administration 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119342  Apply knowledge of ethical principles, standards and professional conduct in public sector management and administration 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Public Administration and Management 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Public Administration 
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 
Learners working towards this standard will be working within a Public Sector environment, specialising in Public Finance Management and Administration, where the acquisition of competence against this standard will add value to one's job. This standard will also add value to public officials who are seeking to develop a career pathway towards becoming an accomplished public finance management and administration specialist.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining the core ethical values and standards which apply to the public sector.
  • Outlining ethical values and standards contained in legislation and codes which have relevance to the conduct of employees in the public sector.
  • Describing areas of ethical conflict for public sector employees.
  • Explaining the importance of ethical values and standards in relation to the public sector workplace.
  • Discussing the relevance of established professional ethics and codes of conduct in public sector administration. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this Unit Standard must be in possession of a Further Education and Training Certificate or equivalent qualification. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the core ethical values and standards which apply to the public sector. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The core public sector ethical values are identified and explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Examples include but are not limited to:
  • Justice.
  • Fairness.
  • Integrity.
  • Responsibility.
  • Openness.
  • Accountability.
  • Stewardship.
  • Competence.

    Evidence of four examples is required.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The reasons for ethical standards in the public sector are identified and explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Examples include but are not limited to:
  • Public expectations.
  • Nature of democratic governance.
  • Need to encourage voluntary compliance.
  • Discretionary powers.
  • Accountability requirements.

    Evidence of three examples is required.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Outline ethical values and standards contained in legislation and codes, which have relevance to the conduct of employees in the public sector. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The values and standards contained in the Regulations applicable to the learner's employer organisation are identified and explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Implied and/or explicit; examples include but are not limited to:
  • Being imbued with the spirit of Batho Pele.
  • Maintaining appropriate standards of integrity and personal responsibility.
  • Concern for the public interest.
  • Being efficient.
  • Respecting the law.

    Evidence of three examples is required.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The main principles contained in the Public Sector Code of Conduct are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Standards of professionalism and ethical principles are identified in line with Public Sector Code of Conduct. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe areas of ethical conflict for public sector employees. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The areas of ethical conflict between personal and public interests are identified and explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Examples include but are not limited to:
  • Acceptance of gifts.
  • Hospitality, travel or air points.
  • Sponsorship.
  • Secondary employment/moonlighting.
  • Post employment obligations.
  • Disclosure of information.
  • Political activities.
  • Standing for public elections.

    Evidence of three examples is required.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The possible areas of ethical conflict between duty to government of the day and duty to public interest are identified and explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Examples include but are not limited to:
  • Non-partisan nature of the public sector.
  • Matters of conscience and duty.
  • Leaking information.
  • Whistle blowing.
  • Identification and reporting on corruptive practices.

    Evidence of two examples is required.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Potential strategies for managing typical conflict are identified and explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain the importance of ethical values and standards in relation to the public sector. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Two case studies reported in the public arena that illustrate the importance of ethical values and standards within public sector administration are identified and an explanation given of the issues involved. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of ethical values and standards within the candidate's own organisation and role within that organisation are identified and explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ethical dilemmas are discussed in relation to the case studies identified. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Discuss relevance of established professional ethics and codes of conduct in the public sector workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role of a membership to a professional certifying body is understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Guidelines that advocate for appropriate practices for specific financial administration are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Standards of ethical conduct for practitioners of public financial management are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Requirements of the disciplinary and grievance code are understood and applied in the workplace. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Discuss the relevance of established professional ethics and codes of conduct in public sector administration. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Codes of conduct within public sector administration relate to but are not limited to all relevant legislation including the PFMA (Public Finance and Management Act) and MFMA (Municipal Finance and Management Act). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Codes of conduct of the public service finance and administration, of the profession and those required in terms of the legislation are understood and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Professional codes of conducted are identified and explained in line with related legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Measures to monitor and evaluate the application of codes of conduct and professional ethics within public sector administration are identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Reporting practices relating to the implementation of codes of conduct and standards of professionalism in relation to public finance management and administration are explained and applied. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Accreditation for this Unit Standard shall be obtained from the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance Body, through summative and formative assessment by a registered assessor.
  • Assessors must be registered as an Assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderators must be registered as assessors with the relevant ETQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Agreement with the relevant ETQA.
  • Training providers must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.

    Moderation should include both internal and external moderation where applicable. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The Statutory Framework:

    A working knowledge of: statute law affecting the provision of public sector services:
  • Public Finance and Management Act or the Municipal Finance Management Act.
  • Preferential Procurement Act.
  • Black Economic Empowerment Act.
  • Labour Relations Act.
  • Basic Conditions of Employment Act.
  • Acts specific to the public sector organisational context of the learner.

    The Organisation:

    A detailed understanding of:
  • Information flows within the organisation.
  • Organisational, external agency and employee requirements for information.
  • Procedures for the security and confidentiality of information.
  • Sources of information for the resolution of discrepancies.
  • Professional codes of conduct within public sector finance and administration.
  • Reporting practices in relation to professional codes of conduct and ethics. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Learners are able to identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking processes to monitor and uphold ethical standards in the public sector. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Learners are able to work ethically and effectively with others as a member of a work team, group, organization or community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Learners are able to organize and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively and to operate ethically in fulfilling their responsibilities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Learners are able to collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information relevant to upholding and supporting the ethical objectives of the government. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Learners are able to communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion to support the establishment and maintenance of high ethical standards in the public sector. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use science and technology effectively and critically in support of the establishment and maintenance of high ethical standards in government. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of interrelated systems by recognizing that high standards of ethical behaviour are core to the effective and efficient delivery of services to the people of South Africa especially those who are least able to relieve themselves and their communities of the burdens associated with entrapment in the poverty cycle. 

    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  66869   National Certificate: Home Affairs Services  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 
    Core  67460   National Diploma: Public Administration  Level 6  NQF Level 06  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Fundamental  50438   National Certificate: Immigration Services  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2009-06-29  Was PSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Fundamental  67467   National Certificate: Municipal Governance  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Fundamental  50060   National Certificate: Public Administration  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 
    Fundamental  57805   National Certificate: Public Sector Employment and Skills Development Practices  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 
    Fundamental  58183   National Diploma: Forensic Pathology Support  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Fundamental  49554   National Diploma: Public Finance Management and Administration  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  LG SETA 
    Elective  58801   Further Education and Training Certificate: Environmental Noise Practice  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  LG SETA 
    Elective  50122   National Certificate: Policing  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-12-31  SAS SETA 
    Elective  58395   National Certificate: Project Management  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 


    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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    4. Almenta 240 
    5. BDCE 
    6. Bikologix Projects 
    7. Bokatoka Construction and Projects 
    8. BROOKLYN CITY COLLEGE (PTY) LTD RUSTENBURG CAMPUS 
    9. Change Strategies Consulting Services CC 
    10. Cradle Stars Trading Enterprise 
    11. DAM SCHOOL OF POLICING 
    12. Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) 
    13. DITEBOGO CONSULTANCY CC 
    14. Eskilz College (Pty) Ltd 
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    16. Ethembeni Multi Service Enterprise (Pty) Ltd 
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    18. Excellent Minds Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    19. GATYANA TRAINING ACADEMY 
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    37. Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) 
    38. Maritime Business Institute 
    39. MARS Business Consulting 
    40. Matsila Holdings 
    41. MML Consulting CC. 
    42. Motheo Skills Entity 
    43. MTK Corporate Solutions 
    44. MUHANGWENE DEVELOPMENT ENTERPRISE 
    45. Nalengmokoni Investors (Pty) Ltd 
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    48. Nvsion Consulting 
    49. Ontoanetse Consulting 
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    52. Pax Projects 
    53. Pebetse Training and Consulting 
    54. PMA Holdings (PTY ) LTD. 
    55. Princetop Corporative Training (Pty) Ltd 
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    63. SAPS TRAINING INSTITUTE - MOLOTO 
    64. SBV SERVICES MIDRAND 
    65. SHEPPERD ACADEMY 
    66. Shirs Vision Compleadev 
    67. Silalele Consulting CC. 
    68. SIZA NESU TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 
    69. SNAP SOLUTIONS NETWX PTY LTD 
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    71. SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE / PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CENTRE 
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    79. SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE IN SERVICE TRAINING PROVISION INSTITUTION 
    80. SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE TRAINING INSTITUTION ALL SAINTS 
    81. SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE TRAINING INSTITUTION BISHO 
    82. SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE TRAINING INSTITUTION BISHOP LAVIS 
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    89. Talent Stream 
    90. Tasc Business Consulting and Training 
    91. The Crimson CO CC. 
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