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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Manage diversity in the workplace 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116928  Manage diversity in the workplace 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Generic Management 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Generic Management 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular-Fundamental  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  14 
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 person credited with this Unit Standard is able to demonstrate an understanding of diversity among people and in particular in a specific workforce, an appreciation of the role and positive impact of such diversity, and how best to manage a diverse workforce in South Africa.

In particular, on completion of this Unit Standard, the learner is able to:
  • Recognise diversity, stereotyping and phobias relating to diversity
  • Understand in which ways various individuals and groups are, or have been, negatively disadvantaged due to discrimination
  • Discuss how society and communities react to diversity
  • Promote equality among different people by embracing differences
  • Comprehend cultural and other differences among people
  • Relate diversity directly to the South African context
  • Refer to the South African Constitution and Bill of Human Rights in relation to diversity and discrimination
  • Discuss diversity in terms of the history of the country
  • Relate Employment Equity (EE) to diversity
  • Explain various concepts and principles relating to Organisational Transformation and Change Management (OT&CM) 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners should be competent in:
  • Computer Literacy at NQF Level 3
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4
  • Communication at NQF Level 4 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • This Unit Standard represents an introduction to the underlying principles of OT&CM.
  • The learner should have an understanding of the prevailing situation with respect to OT&CM in the organisation selected.
  • The learner is expected to be aware of alternative strategies that can and should be employed to achieve successful OT&CM.
  • The learner will need to develop a sound theoretical understanding of the diverse nature of South African society.
  • It is not expected that the learner be able to facilitate or resolve any conflict based on prejudice.
  • Although the learner will gain knowledge of some relevant legislation, he/she will not be expected to act in any legal capacity, or to deliver any legal opinion, based solely on the achievement of this Unit Standard.
  • The learner is not required to be a member of the EE committee.
  • The learner is required to analyse the impact of EE legislation on a specific organisation only, but is expected to be able to extrapolate findings to the broader South African society. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate why managing diversity is important in the South African workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An analysis is presented of the trends and gaps relating to organisational practice in terms of managing race, gender and disability, as examples of diversity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A written assessment is made of the benefits to staff and organisations in South Africa of effective diversity management. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Understand racism, sexism and other "isms" as a product of a common history. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An accurate description is presented of the learner's own identity as a product of racism, sexism and other "isms". 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The theory underlying racism/sexism is explained in writing using examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain how discrimination and prejudices are experienced by all South African as part of daily life. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An outline is prepared of the legislation under which persons of different races and circumstance were forced to live in South Africa during the "Apartheid years". 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A presentation is made of the effect of Apartheid on the economic and social life of South Africans with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The societal and organisational factors impacting on different groups of South Africans as a result of prejudice are explained in writing with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An audit is done of policies and practices in a selected company that reflect institutionalised societal phenomena. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Actively promote a culture of equality between people of different races, classes, sexual preference and gender. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An analysis is presented in writing of the key elements of equality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A presentation is made of how equality is dealt with in organization. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Recommendations of how equality can be achieved in an organisation are developed and presented to management. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    List the solutions that may be available for people to overcome problems experienced with group identity, stereotyping, discrimination, exclusion and other cultural differences. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Trends are identified and documented in an organization are identified and documented in a written report with respect to issues relating to discrimination, equity and diversity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Possible solutions to problems resulting from prejudice in an organization are devised and presented to management in a written report. 


    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, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderators must be registered as assessors with the relevant ETQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Training providers must be accredited by the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.

    Moderation should include both internal and external moderation where applicable. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The knowledge underpinning the above specific outcomes is:
  • The South African Constitution in its current form.
  • South Africa's Bill of Human Rights.
  • Diversity management practices, particularly in one specific industry.
  • Diversity stereotyping.
  • Legislation relating to discrimination.
  • Personal development and self-management.
  • The concepts of businesses as going concerns and the profit motive.
  • The fundamentals of OT&CM.
  • South African history relating to discrimination and the diversity of its society. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem identification and solution in creative ways in order to overcome institutionalised societal attitudes that do not recognise the value of diversity. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team and group work are utilised to communicate the ways in which various employees may experience discrimination in the workplace. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing self to enable the identification of various solutions of obstacles to a non-discriminatory workplace. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Critically collecting, evaluating and analysing information useful to develop a culture of equality in an organisation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    An understanding of how the relatedness of systems within an organisation can positively or negatively affect the status of various "isms" such as racism in a company. 

    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 
    This unit standard has replaced 7546 , which was "Describe the application and impact as well as social implications of information technology", Level 2, 5 Credits.

    Assessor Notes:
  • GUI functions like printing, using a pointing device and using the HELP facility are covered in a generic unit standard (ID 117902) and should be assessed as part of the mentioned standard.
  • Possible laws applicable to this standard could include acts like Access to Information Acts; Copyright Acts, Constitution of the Country being assessed in.


    Abbreviations:
  • PC - Personal computer.
  • CD - Compact disk.
  • GUI - Graphical User Interface. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49075   National Certificate: Organisational Transformation and Change Management  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 
    Core  50060   National Certificate: Public Administration  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 
    Core  57805   National Certificate: Public Sector Employment and Skills Development Practices  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 
    Core  49076   National Diploma: Organisational Transformation and Change Management  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 
    Elective  59325   National Certificate: Environmental Noise Control  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  LG SETA 
    Elective  59201   National Certificate: Generic Management  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  67373   National Diploma: Orientation and Mobility Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Elective  58309   National Diploma: Project Management  Level 5  NQF Level 05  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.
     
    1. Avenida (Pty) Ltd 
    2. Icando 
    3. Nyankwavi Investment CC. 



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