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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Install Gabion Baskets on a Construction Site 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
12904  Install Gabion Baskets on a Construction Site 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Building Construction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Building Construction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
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 work in the civil construction industry.People credited with this unit standard are able to prepare bedding, assemble and complete gabion baskets. Previously disadvantaged persons who through recognition of prior learning will be able to be accessed against this standard and receive National recognition for their competence. This will enhance their employability and career advancement and contribute to the socio-economic transformation of the country. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
ABET Level 3 in Literacy, the ability to work with hand tools. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
1. Gabion baskets shaped in boxes and mattresses.
2. Galvanized and PVC coated material. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Demonstrate knowledge of technology to install gabion baskets. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. The technology of installing gabion baskets is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. The reasons why gabions baskets are used are explained 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Prepare bedding to receive gabions 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Work area is checked for hazards. All hazards are identified and corrective action is taken in line with worksite housekeeping procedures. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Corrective action includes: eliminating and/or reporting
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. All tools, equipment and personal protective equipment required for the task are identified and ensured to be functional, and are ready for use at work area. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Inadequate foundation and base conditions are identified and corrective action is taken in terms of work site procedures. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Corrective action includes: eliminating and/or reporting
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. Filter fabric is placed and secured in accordance with site requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. The consequences of not correctly placing filter fabric are explained in terms of the characteristics of the gabion. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Assemble gabion baskets 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Work is carried out in accordance with work place safety requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
gabion basket is neat and true within SABS tolerances, and matches all design specifications In accordance with given instructions. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
True to line, plumb and specified dimensions
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. The assembled gabion basket is anchored in position according to site requirements. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. The assembled gabion basket is braced and tensioned to ensure firmness and stability during work activities. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. The assembly of the gabion basket is completed according to work schedules. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. Tools and equipment are used in accordance with their designed purpose. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. Personal protective equipment is used as required in accordance with the OHS Act. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
8. The gabion basket is checked on completion to ensure compliance with work instructions. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
9. Assistants are utilised effectively, instructions are given clearly and in such a way that promotes good working relationships. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Complete gabion baskets 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
1. Rock is selected in accordance with site requirements 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Size, Shape. Compound
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
2. Rock is placed in the gabion basket in accordance with acceptable work practices 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Maintaining shape of basket, Spaces between rocks
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
3. Personal protective equipment is used as required in accordance with the OHS Act. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
4. The basket lid is laced closed in accordance with acceptable work practices. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
5. Tensioning equipment is removed and loose wires tucked away in accordance with acceptable work practices 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
6. The gabion is completed within industry acceptable time frames. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
7. Assistants are used effectively and instructions are given clearly and in such a way that promotes good working relationships. 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by CETA (RSA, 1998b) for the provision of programs that result in the outcomes specified for the Certificate for Construction Workers (level 1). CETA is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this qualification.
A memorandum of understanding with other ETQA bodies need to be signed when training providers working in other Sectors, requires assessment of learner achievements to take place against this unit standard. 

UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
Qualifying learners understand and can explain:

1. Preparation of bedding to receive gabions.
2. Assemble gabion baskets.
3. Complete gabion baskets. 


Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
Identify and solve problems. Work area is checked for hazards; The work complies with SABS standards; The gabions are completed within industry acceptable time frames relates to:

Demonstrate knowledge of technology to install gabion baskets.
Specific Outcome 2: Prepare bedding to receive gabions
Specific Outcome 3:Assemble gabion baskets 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
Work effectively with others. Assistance is utilized effectively, instructions are given clearly and in such a way that promotes good working relationships.

Assemble gabion baskets 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
Employ self management. Identification of resources required; The gabions are completed within industry acceptable time frames relates to:

Demonstrate knowledge of technology to install gabion baskets.
Specific Outcome 3:Assemble gabion baskets

Manage information. The gabion complies with SABS standards relates to:

Prepare bedding to receive gabions 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
Communicate effectively. Instructions are given clearly to assistance relates to:

Assemble gabion baskets 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
Demonstrate scientific and technological competence. Inadequate foundations and base conditions are identified and corrective action is taken relates to:

Demonstrate knowledge of technology to install gabion baskets. 

UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
Understand Contextual world-systems. All hazards are identified that could affect work relates to:

Demonstrate knowledge of technology to install gabion baskets. 

REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
  ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
Elective  49411   General Education and Training Certificate: Construction  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CETA 
Elective  22977   National Certificate: Construction: Roadworks  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2005-12-04  CETA 


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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All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.