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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct face profiling and blast hole surveys 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
230013  Conduct face profiling and blast hole surveys 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
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 for persons who intend following a career in the mining and minerals sector, particularly in the domain of cement, lime aggregates and sand.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Plan and prepare for blast area survey.
  • Operate the surveying equipment to conduct face profiling and drill hole surveying.
  • Produce survey results and make inputs to the rockbreaking processes.

    The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and contribute to the upliftment and economic growth of the mining and minerals sector.

    This unit standard is intended to promote general skills, knowledge and understanding of conducting face profiling and drill hole surveys in the mining and minerals sector in order to ensure knowledgeable and informed workers. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2.
  • Operate a personal computer system at NQF level 2.
  • Apply surveying techniques at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Plan and prepare for blast area survey. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The data relevant to the area to be surveyed is acquired and evaluated in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The survey pegs/marks and datums are checked for correct position in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The survey equipment is checked for serviceability in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Potential hazards and risks are anticipated and eliminated or mitigated in accordance with specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Operate the survey equipment to conduct face profiling and drill hole surveying. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The face profiling equipment is set up and operated as per manufacturers instructions and site requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The boretrack equipment is assembled and operated as per manufacturers instructions and site requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Equipment faults are diagnosed and rectified or reported to appropriate personnel in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Routine servicing and housekeeping is carried out to manufacturers specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Survey operations are conducted in accordance with site specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Hazards and risks are identified and dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Produce survey results and make inputs to the rockbreaking processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Plans and sections are produced of the area subject to face profiling and interpretations made in accordance with blast designs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Borehole tracking results are plotted and compared to planned drill positions, depths and divergence in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Recommendations are made to the rockbreaking operations personnel in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Records are produced and maintained in accordance with specified requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge will be assessed in an integrated way in the context of the unit standard.

    Knowledge relating to the method:
  • Purpose of conducting face profiling and drill hole surveys.
  • Face profiling and drill hole survey principles and methods.
  • Typical equipment used and their applications.
  • Relevant terminology.
  • Possible non-conformances, their consequences and mitigating actions.

    Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Issues:
  • Significant hazards and risks related to conducting face profiling and drill hole surveys, their consequences and mitigating actions.
  • Safety measures related to conducting face profiling and drill hole surveys.
  • PPE requirements and the reason for each.
  • Impact on the environment and mitigating actions.
  • Emergency procedures.

    Applicable statutory requirements:
  • Relevant clauses from applicable acts and regulations.
  • Codes of practice.
  • Competency requirements and restrictions of personnel conducting face profiling and drill hole surveys.

    Communication:
  • Reporting requirements and ability.
  • Communicating with relevant personnel.
  • Liaison with associated operations and personnel. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.

    Note: The ability of the learner to identify substandard and hazardous conditions, assess and take appropriate action during the face profiling process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.

    Note: The learner is expected to accept responsibility for his/her activities and understands how it relates to the other activities in the team. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note: The ability of the learner to indicate what methods, tools and equipment are required, and to communicate to fellow workers his/her intentions and the assistance required. The learner is also expected to plan his workload for the period and ensure completion in the required time. 

    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 
    Terminology

    Specified requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:
  • Legal:

    > Relevant Acts: e.g. Mine Health & Safety Act and Regulations, 1996 (Act 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act 50/1991).
    > Mandatory Codes of Practice.
    > SANS and other relevant Standards.
    > Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives/Instructions.
    > Guidelines issued by the Chief Inspector of Mines.
  • Site-specific:

    > Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
    > Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
    > Managerial Instructions.
    > Mine Standard Procedures.
    > List of Recorded OH&S Risks.
    > Working Guides.
    > Equipment and Materials Specifications. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  65549   National Certificate: Mining Technical Support  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 
    Elective  57121   National Certificate: Rockbreaking: Quarrying  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2008-09-17  Was MQA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  62869   National Certificate: Rockbreaking: Surface Excavations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    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. Anglo American Platinum Limited 
    2. Anglo American Platinum Limited - Mogalakwena Mining Training Centre 
    3. BANA BA THARI MINING TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY (PTY) LTD 
    4. COLLIERY TRAINING COLLEGE 
    5. Concor Projects (pty) Ltd 
    6. DIGGERS TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES 
    7. Exxaro Coal Pty Ltd 
    8. FOSKOR Pty Ltd 
    9. HARMONY GOLD MINING COMPANY LIMITED 
    10. KHUTALA COLLIERY 
    11. KOLOMELA MINE 
    12. Kumba Sishen HRD Centre 
    13. MINERAL MINING TRAINING INSTITUTE (PTY) LTD 
    14. MOOLMAN BROS CONST CO PTY 
    15. NKOMATI MINE 
    16. Palabora Copper Pty Ltd 
    17. PMC TRAINING CONSULTANTS AND ASSOCIATES (PTY) LTD 
    18. PRETORIA PORTLAND CEMENT CO_LTD (HEAD OFFICE) 
    19. Prisma Training Solutions 
    20. SAFETY TRAINING PRACTITIONERS PTY LTD 
    21. SENZEKO EXECUTIVE RISK CC 
    22. Technology Risk Solutions 
    23. Triton Training and Development 
    24. XSTRATA COAL 
    25. XTRACT TRAINING SERVICES (PTY) LTD 
    26. ZULEK TRAINING SPECIALISTS (PTY) LTD 



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