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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Perform basic domestic infrastructural maintenance in a conservation area 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252465  Perform basic domestic infrastructural maintenance in a conservation area 
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 maintaining of domestic infrastructure in a nature conservation environment. The standard enables the relevant knowledge and skills required to maintain basic domestic infrastructure, for example, accommodation, conference facilities, offices, store rooms, garages, ablution and water reticulation, sewage works, entrance gates, boardwalks and paths, railings, etc. usually found in conservation areas.

This competence enables the qualifying learner to maintain domestic infrastructure under supervision, thereby enhancing tourism, and the management of the area. Achieving this unit standard will enhance employability of the learner in both conservation and other construction industry related fields.

Persons credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Identify domestic infrastructure maintenance needs.
  • Report maintenance work needed to domestic infrastructure.
  • Carry out maintenance and basic repair work on domestic infrastructure.
  • Identify problems and make suggestions to improve domestic infrastructure. 

  • 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:
  • First Aid.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Orientate. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify domestic infrastructure maintenance needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role regular maintenance plays in preserving the life of domestic infrastructure is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The implications of not carrying out timely maintenance is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An assessment is made of the current condition of infrastructural elements within a conservation area in order to identify maintenance needs in the area of operation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Assess whether the domestic infrastructure still conforms to the prescribed standard. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Report maintenance work needed to domestic infrastructure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A self-assessment is made of whether the required repair or maintenance work is within or above the learner's designated scope of accountability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A written report is prepared for management based on the assessment carried out as it applies to the identified infrastructure maintenance requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Management is alerted to the need for maintenance work that falls outside of the learner's designated scope of authority. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Carry out maintenance and basic repair work on domestic infrastructure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Authorisation is obtained to carry out maintenance and basic repair work within designated scope of authority. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The required physical resources and labour are obtained in order to complete the work successfully. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tools and materials are used, maintained and stored correctly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Work is completed to the required standard. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify problems and make suggestions to improve domestic infrastructure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An assessment is made of the work carried out in Specific Outcome 3 above. This assessment will determine the effectiveness of the work done, whether the domestic infrastructure meets the prescribed standard and the cost-effectiveness and efficiency with which resources (both physical and human) have been utilised. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A report is prepared outlining suggestions for improvement in future maintenance of domestic infrastructure. 


    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 
  • Diverse types of domestic infrastructure within conservation areas, e.g. accommodation, conference facilities, offices, store rooms, garages, ablution and water reticulation, sewage works, entrance gates, railings, boardwalks and paths.
  • Functions of domestic infrastructure in a conservation area.
  • Industry standards for optimal condition of domestic infrastructure.
  • Basic knowledge of how domestic infrastructure works (e.g. a toilet cistern, gas appliance, geysers, air conditioners, leaking taps, doors, locks, lights, paving, braais). where appropriate.
  • Standard operating procedures/methods/techniques for evaluating domestic infrastructure against agreed levels of performance and maintenance.
  • Basic knowledge and skills required to maintain prescribed domestic infrastructure.
  • Basic knowledge and skills required to repair domestic infrastructure, where appropriate.
  • Where, when and to whom to refer problems falling outside the learner's designated accountability.
  • Use and maintenance of tools, including power tools as appropriate to area and task.
  • Occupational health and safety. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Operate in a group or team:
  • Repairing and maintaining infrastructure is one of many functions within a conservation area. To achieve success, the learner has to learn how to work with other members of the management team. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-management and -organisation:

    Repair and maintenance work requires these qualities from the learner. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation:
  • It is necessary to decide whether a particular piece of work falls within or outside of the scope of the learner's authority. This requires that the learner gathers, organizes, analyses and critically evaluates the available information. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication:

    This unit standard promotes effective communication in that the learner has to provide written reports and oral feedback to management on the state of the domestic infrastructure in the conservation area. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology:
  • This unit standard requires learners to develop skill in the effective use of tools, power tools and other equipment and apparatus. 

  • 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 
    Depending on the context of practice of this unit standard, knowledge required will cover a wide range. Below are some examples of specifics that may be required in different circumstances:
  • Basic plumbing:
    > Clearing blockages (water and sewerage).
    > Pipes, pipe joints (galvanized, copper, polypropylene), and taps.
    > Water pumps.
    > Clearing french drains.
  • Toilet cisterns.
  • Power tool maintenance & operation (drill, saw).
  • Concrete mixes, plastering, brick and mortar, brick laying, paving, tiling, etc.
  • Replace window panes.
  • Basic carpentry.
  • Basic painting.
    > Preparation of surfaces.
    > Painting with various internal paints (oil\acrylic\water\primers, wood preservation preparations) finishes, surfaces (metal, wood, concrete, brick), coastal and inland corrosion\wear and tear.
  • Basic gas stove and lights maintenance: Gas, donkey and electric geysers, connections, refills (under certification).
  • Elementary welding and brazing.

    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.

    Supplementary information:
  • Integrate with Occupational Health and Safety.
  • Assist with the maintenance of domestic infrastructure on a conservation area. This could include:
    > Buildings.
    > Machinery.
    > Equipment such as geysers, stoves.
    > Paving and tiling.
  • Check for gas leaks, check that geysers are working properly and clean jets on stoves and geysers.
  • Change light bulbs and assist in laying of cables and other electrical repairs. Report faults to relevant personnel.
  • Mix and assist in the casting of various concrete structures.
  • Paint various surfaces including undercoats and finishing coats.
  • Do basic carpentry such as roof trusses, barricades and frameworks of various constructions.
  • Carry out basic bricklaying and plastering.
  • Assist in the maintenance of log and wood cabins including the trimming and fitting of logs. Construction of frames and laying of floors.
  • Cut glass of various thickness and glaze steel and wooden framed windows.
  • Prepare and lay paving using prescribed techniques and materials.
  • Weld various mild steel, brass and copper using arc and gas welding methods, as well as soldering techniques.
  • Assist with the repair and maintenance of engines and pumps associated with water reticulation and plumbing, e.g. repairs to leaks in pipelines, taps.
  • Assist with the repair and maintenance of sewage works, e.g. drains, septic tanks, French drains, reed beds. 

  • 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: 
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