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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Erect, monitor and maintain wildlife fences 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252454  Erect, monitor and maintain wildlife fences 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Nature Conservation 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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 2  NQF Level 02 
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 aimed at individuals involved in the erection, maintaining and dismantling of wildlife fencing. The standard enables the relevant knowledge and skills required to apply appropriate techniques and actions to manage wildlife fencing thus supporting Nature Conservation managers to manage and protect conservation and surrounding areas and communities from possible attacks and damage to property.

Persons credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Prepare an area for fencing.
  • Erect and dismantle a fence.
  • Monitor the fence for effectiveness.
  • Maintain the fence. 

  • 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 1.

    It is furthermore assumed that learners embarking on this unit standard are familiar with welding. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare an area for fencing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Boundary beacons are placed in order to identify and mark the area to be fenced. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The area is physically cleared or debushed in preparation for fencing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The area is levelled to facilitate the erection of a fence. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An outline is given of the prescribed specifications to be adhered to when preparing an area for fencing. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Erect and dismantle a fence. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The prescribed fence is erected to a specified standard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The fence is erected on a prescribed line. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Electrification is added to a fence according to indicated specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A sacrificial or folding fence is constructed at a river crossing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A fence is dismantled as directed by supervisor in line with organisational standards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Monitor the fence for effectiveness. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Regular patrols are conducted for the purpose of gathering information on the following aspects, the locations, the number of incidents and the particular species that are involved in fence breaching. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A report is prepared to communicate findings on the effectiveness of the fence. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An assessment is made of what is required to repair weaknesses in the fence. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A description is given of the problems that neighbouring communities experience as a result of animals breaching the fence. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Maintain the fence. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A fence is repaired to ensure that it always meets the prescribed standard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    River crossings are repaired to the prescribed standard. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Weaknesses in a fence are identified and corrected using appropriate techniques, tools and equipment. 


    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 
  • Erection skills for different types of fences.
  • Erection and repair of fences at river crossings.
  • Gate hanging.
  • Different types of fences and materials.
  • Proper use of stays and straining configuration.
  • Straining techniques of different fence types.
  • Proper use of tools and equipment.
  • Electrifying standard fences and configurations.
  • Repairs to various fences to effectively block any breaches (maintenance).
  • Choosing a suitable type of fencing according to the terrain and species to be controlled.
  • Management objectives.
  • Identifying and marking boundary beacons.
  • Preparing the area where the fence is erected to facilitate construction in an environmentally friendly way within the prescribed specifications.
  • Determining personnel requirements.
  • Fence placement in order to effectively contain animals.
  • Servicing and maintaining appropriate machinery and equipment.
  • Identifying and correcting weaknesses in a fence.
  • Precautions taken to prevent animals escaping.
  • Flood lines.
  • Herbicide application. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Accomplishing the work required by this unit standard requires that the learner take instructions from a supervisor and carries them out correctly and promptly. It demands that the learner functions as an effective team member. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    To be effective at the placement, erection, maintenance, repair and dismantling of wildlife fences requires that the learner be well organised and methodical at work. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Regular patrols are conducted to gather information, and that information has to be properly analysed, organised, evaluated and reported in order to accomplish conservation objectives. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The information gathered on patrols has to be reported so that effective action can be undertaken to repair fences. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Weaknesses in a fence are identified and corrected using appropriate techniques, tools and equipment. 

    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 
    Supplementary Information:

    Species are correctly identified, located and recorded:
  • All relevant plants and animals observed are counted and specified accurately using appropriate methods.
  • Consistent and accurate data determination.
  • Appropriate method understood.

    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.
  • Considering ecological and social rights and responsibilities, whilst ensuring sustainable utilization of species and ecosystems, thereby yielding the greatest sustainable and equitable benefit to present generations whilst maintaining the potential to meet the needs and aspirations of future generations. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  59389   National Certificate: Nature Conservation: Resource Guardianship  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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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