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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Manage and control resources in a sustainable manner 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116384  Manage and control resources in a sustainable manner 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Primary Agriculture 
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 
A learner achieving this unit standard will be able to manage and control resources (which include equipment, technology, infrastructure and implements) in a sustainable manner and explain the importance of sound utilisation and maintenance practices. Furthermore, the learner will be able to incorporate this understanding into the design of a replacement policy and seasonal / year work program with reference to equipment, implements, technology and infrastructure of the farm with respect to utilisation, maintenance and replacement.

In addition learners will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of agriculture, or to strive towards professional standards and practices at higher levels.

Competent learners will be fully conversant with agricultural regulations and aspects of safety as to provide the environment for the application of quality practices and thus strengthen agricultural practices in general. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that a learner attempting this unit standard will show competence against the following unit standards or equivalent:
  • NQF 4: Establish a plan for the monitoring, safe use and maintenance of equipment, implements, technology and infrastructure.
  • NQF 4: Implement a data collection plan. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Range statements are neither comprehensive nor necessarily appropriate to all contexts. Alternatives must however be comparable in scope and complexity. These are only as a general guide to scope and complexity of what is required. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Modify and/or re-design appropriate equipment and implements to execute a specific agricultural task. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equipment and/or implements are re-designed or modified to meet the required specifications to execute the task appropriately. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The reason for selecting a specific modification or adaptation is explained with reference to its appropriateness for the specific task. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Problems in the newly adapted equipment / implements are identified and resolved. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Performance and/or cost effectiveness of the adapted equipment / implements are tested, evaluated and quantified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Possible solutions to identified problems are recommended. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify and set specifications for equipment / implements that will be suitable for a specific task. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The specifications refer to the specific outputs of the equipment or implement involved, such as the Kilowatt of a tractor, the size of a silo or feed storage bin, a trailer, the strength of pipes, the size of a transformer, and/or building material. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasoning behind the recommended specifications is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The contributions by the recommended specifications to the efficient performance of the specified task are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The recommended specifications are applied and evaluated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The selected specifications are compared with alternative settings or specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Solutions to potential problems are identified. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Potential problems may include, but are not restricted to, electricity supply, specific oil and grease specifications, refrigeration, and pump sizes.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Develop a maintenance and storage plan for implements, equipment and infrastructure. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    A maintenance plan includes but is not limited to dam inspection, canal leaks, hydraulic equipment, change of shear, fences, welding equipment, brick making, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Problem identification is performed and possible solutions are recommended. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Problem identification includes but is not limited to safety features, refrigeration, security, accessibility, lighting, aeration, heat dissipations, etc.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Evaluation of maintenance program for implements, equipment and infrastructure is performed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Maintenance procedures for implements, equipment and infrastructure are developed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Maintenance procedures include, but are not limited to, service intervals, regular inspections, and monitoring of efficiency.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The storage and maintenance of agricultural implements and equipment is planned and prescribed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The efficiency of the utilisation of storage facilities is evaluated and possible recommendations for improvement is made. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Recommendations for changing the existing maintenance plans and procedures are made and explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Develop and implement safety policies and regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Relevant safety procedures are identified, assessed, evaluated and adapted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Changes and improvements on possible or observed problems are recommended. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Contingency plans related to a safety program are evaluated and adapted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Safety equipment is assessed, evaluated and adapted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Record keeping of inspections is assessed, evaluated and adapted. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Develop appropriate task-related technology in the agricultural environment. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Task-related technology refers to the cost-benefit analysis of various applications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The task-related technology in use is evaluated and compared with current market-related requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Market related requirements refer to the post-harvest storage and distribution, such as fruit pack shed.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Alternative task-related technological applications are identified an analysed according to a cost benefit analysis. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Recommendations for improved efficiencies are recommended and justified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Existing problems in terms of efficiency with task-related technology are identified and possible solutions suggested. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Design and manage an appropriate seasonal and/or year work program with reference to equipment, implements and technology. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The design of a seasonal / year work program will include an analysis of the scale of the farming enterprise and the infrastructure available. Human resources, infrastructure, equipment and the skill levels may influence the time frame to execute / implement the work program. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A seasonal / year work program is designed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The implementation of a seasonal / year work program is supervised. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The requirements of an activity, such as planting of maize, are compared with the available implements, equipment and infrastructure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Available resources are allocated to the planned agricultural activities and processes. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Planned agricultural activities and processes may include, but are not restricted to, planting, harvesting, packing, storage, and transport.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Various concurrent activities are coordinated to ensure cost-effectiveness and that resources are available. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Concurrent activities may include, but are not restricted to harvesting, drying, transport and packing.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The allocation of equipment and implements for the execution of time frame activities is determined. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 7 
    Draft a replacement policy with reference to expenditure implications. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    A replacement policy includes, but is not limited to, the replacement of worn out, irreparable or normal replacement of equipment, implements, technology or infrastructure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A replacement policy is drafted. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A cost analysis of the replacement policy is completed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The replacement policy is evaluated and assessed according to its cost. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Changes or improvements to the replacement policy are recommended. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The sustainability of resource utilisation is assessed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Programmes are monitored and their sustainability determined. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Possible problems that may be encountered are identified and reported on. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established assessment principles.

    It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the qualifying learners are working. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment, formative and summative assessment, portfolios and observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge are assessed.

    The specific outcomes must be assessed through observation of performance. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

    Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral or written evidence and cannot be assessed only by being observed.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a qualifying learner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, then they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The person is able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of:
  • Existing relevant safety regulations and equipment requirements e.g. Legislation related to the primary agricultural sector (e.g. environmental legislation, NOSA, health, toxic chemicals, waste disposal, agricultural chemicals and fertiliser).
  • The utilisation, maintenance and specification equipment and implements.
  • Utilization, maintenance and specification knowledge of specific agricultural task related equipment, implements and technology.
  • Cost analysis.
  • Methods and techniques to determine damaged and faulty equipment.
  • Teamwork and communication.
  • Work program development.
  • Identification and resolving problems related to a work program.
  • The benefits of a well prepared work plan.
  • Personnel management. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and management relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Self-development: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    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  63249   National Diploma: Agricultural Extension  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  49011   National Diploma: Animal Production  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  49010   National Diploma: Plant Production  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    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.