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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Describe security awareness practices within a South African Statutory environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
230047  Describe security awareness practices within a South African Statutory environment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Military Professional Development 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Sovereignty of the State 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 for members within a South African Statutory environment and other authorised learners who need to create a secure environment by demonstrating an elementary understanding of a security threat as well as the security measures in respect of personal, personnel, information, Information Communication Technology (ICT), physical and material security in accordance with Regulatory Frameworks. This unit standard is to contribute to the professional development and further mobility and transportability of learners within the statutory environment. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within field of Law, Security and Military Science. The application of this unit standard is to qualify the learner to demonstrate an understanding of the need for as well as the organisation's and the individual's role in the creating of a secure environment within the South Africa statutory environment.

A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Describe a security threat against the State and resulting legislative counter measures to neutralise such a threat.
  • Describe the elements of security.
  • Describe the functions of security personnel. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication skills at NQF level 2. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The South African Statutory environment includes the Department of Defence, the SA Police Service, the National Intelligence Agency and the SA Secret Service as well as the South African statutory environment, which includes Government departments, parastatals, national key points, and contractors to government from the private sector. The range includes personal, personnel, information, ICT, physical and material security.

    The security threat includes espionage, sabotage, subversion, terrorism and acts endangering security.

    Security elements refer to personal, personnel, information and communication technology, document, material and physical security. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe a security threat against the State and resulting legislative counter measures to neutralise such a threat. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Security threats include but are not limited to espionage, sabotage, subversion, terrorism and acts endangering security against the interest of a state. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Security threats are described in terms of its negative impact on the sovereignty of the state. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Negative impact includes but is not limited to impact on political, economic, socio, military and security and environmental.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Mandates and tasks of the respective security forces and personnel are explained within the South African statutory environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Terminology is used within the security and safety environment using examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Terminology refers to abbreviations and definitions.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The role of the organisation and the individual in the combating of the security threat is explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe elements of security. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Elements refer to but are not limited to personal, personnel, information and communication technology, document, material and physical security. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Elements of security are described in terms of their use in the processes within the statutory environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Existing and potential threats to South African interests are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The responsibility and accountability of individuals is described in accordance with the Minimum Information Security Standard (MISS) and departmental procedures, orders and instructions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Procedures to report security breaches are explained in accordance with departmental policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The application of security measures is explained in terms of the advantages and disadvantages. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Security measures are identified and applied within a given case study. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The concept "Security-in-depth" is explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe the functions of security personnel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The security structure in a organisation is described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The functions of security personnel are described with reference to their responsibilities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The legal mandate of security personnel as reflected in legislation, orders and instructions are described in accordance with current legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Report channels and report methods with examples are listed. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding 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 or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Names, functions and locations of:

    > Threats and potential threats.
    > Security Mandate of the specific department.
    > Functional security structures within the department.
    > Stakeholders and their relation to security environment.
  • Purpose of processes and procedures of:

    > The relevant legislation, organisational policies and procedures, Code of Conduct (Including MISS and Defence Act).
    > The purpose of security (personnel, personal, document, ICT and physical and material).
    > Security reporting procedures (personnel, personal, document, ICT and physical and material).
    > Impact of security breaches.
  • Attributes, properties, characteristics related to:

    > Secrecy.
    > Objectivity.
    > Timeousness.
    > 'Need to Know' principle.
    > Stakeholders and their rights.
  • Cause and effect, implications of:

    > The advantages and disadvantages of security compliance and non-compliance.
    > Security breaches.
    > Security clearance.
  • Categories of things, processes, concepts:

    > Definitions of security.
    > Domains of security (personnel, personal, document, ICT and physical and material).
    > Classification of information.
    > The need for a regulatory framework.
    > Secrecy.
    > Handling of classified information.
  • Procedures and techniques:

    > Departmental procedures, methods and techniques.
    > Procedures of security practice (personnel, personal, document, ICT and physical and material).
    > Code of conduct.
    > Reporting breaches of security.
  • Theory - rules, laws, principles:

    > Terminology.
    > Theory of Security.
    > Security Practise.
    > Security training and awareness.
    > Unique characteristics of security.
    > Democracy, transparency, oversight and secrecy.
    > MISS.
  • Relationships, systems between:

    > The constitution, legislation and statutory environment.
    > The domains of security.
    > The stakeholders, statutory environment and the intelligence community.
    > The individual, organisation and the state impacting on security practise. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when complying with the regulatory framework; in the understanding departmental policies and procedures; the understanding of the relationships; and the understanding of the domains of security practice. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during the applying of security measures; the liaison with stakeholders; and the conduct of security practices. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when complying with the regulatory framework; in applying the policies and procedures; and providing descriptions, the explaining of processes, and the defining of terminology. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
  • Assessors must be registered as assessors with a relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessors must be in possession of a military or security qualification on level 5 or have a qualification on level 5 in a related sub-field of Safety in Society or law enforcement. 

  • 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  78143   Further Education and Training Certificate: Military Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Core  59889   Further Education and Training Certificate: Military Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2010-01-25  Was SAS SETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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    1. SA ARMY GYMNASIUM 
    2. SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE COLLEGE 



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