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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the ethical standards in the Public Sector 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
242857  Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the ethical standards in the Public Sector 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Public Administration and Management 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Public Administration 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
113960  Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the ethical standards in the Public Sector  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard is intended for people employed in the public sector. People credited with this Unit Standard are able to apply ethical standards to their own work roles and to identify breaches of ethical standards in the workplace.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining the core ethical values and standards which apply to the public sector.
  • Outlining ethical values and standards contained in legislation and codes which have relevance to the conduct of employees in the public sector.
  • Describing areas of ethical conflict for public sector employees.
  • Explaining the importance of ethical values and standards in relation to the public sector. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Persons attempting this unit standard should be competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 2.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the core ethical values and standards which apply to the Public Sector. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The core public sector ethical values are identified and explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Core values include, but are not limited to, justice, fairness, integrity, responsibility, openness, accountability, stewardship, competence.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The reasons for ethical standards in the public sector are identified and explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Reasons include, but are not limited to, public expectations, nature of democratic governance, need to encourage voluntary compliance, discretionary powers, accountability requirements.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ethical concepts are understood and explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Concepts include, but are not limited to, values virtue, rules, law, manners.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Sources of ethical rules and norms are listed and explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Outline ethical values and standards contained in legislation and codes relevant to public sector employees. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The values and standards contained in the Regulations applicable to the learner's employer organisation are identified and explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Values and standards include, but are not limited to, Batho Pele, integrity, personal responsibility, public interest, efficiency, and respect for the law.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The main principles contained in the Public Sector Code of Conduct are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The values and standards contained in Legislation applicable to the learner's employer organisation are identified and explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Legislative and regulatory requirements and penalty provisions are viewed and discussed from an ethical viewpoint. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe areas of ethical conflict for Public Sector employees. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The areas of ethical conflict between personal and public interests are identified and explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Conflict areas include, but are not limited to, acceptance of gifts, hospitality, travel or air points, sponsorship, secondary employment/moonlighting, post employment obligations, disclosure of information, political activities, and standing for public elections.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The possible areas of ethical conflict between duty to government of the day and duty to public interest are identified and explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Conflict areas include, but are not limited to, non-partisan nature of the public sector, matters of conscience and duty, leaking information, whistle blowing.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Legal and ethical duties of employees and agents to their employers and principals are understood and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The legal and employment consequences for employers and agents who do not comply with their legal and ethical duties to their employers and principals are understood and explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain the importance of ethical values and standards in relation to the Public Sector. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Two case studies reported in the public arenas that illustrate the importance of ethical values and standards within the public sector are identified and an explanation given of the issues involved. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of ethical values and standards within the candidate's own organisation and role within that organisation are identified and explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The differences between the public and commercial sectors are identified and explained with regard to the nature of their stakeholders and goals they seek to accomplish. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Sanctions for breaches of ethical behaviour in the public sector are identified and explained. 


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

    Moderation should include both internal and external moderation where applicable. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The learner must demonstrate a working understanding of the statutory, regulatory and other frameworks affecting the provision of public sector services to the extent relevant to demonstrate and apply knowledge of the ethical standards in the Public Sector. These frameworks include, but are not limited to:
  • Batho Pele.
  • Public Service Act.
  • Public Finance and Management Act.
  • Municipal Finance Management Act.
  • Constitution.
  • Preferential Procurement Act.
  • Access to information Act.
  • Black Economic Empowerment Act.
  • Labour Relations Act.
  • Employment Equity Act.
  • Basic Conditions of Employment Act.
  • Acts specific to the public sector organizational context of the learner.

    The Learner must demonstrate an understanding of relevant organisational requirement relevant to demonstrate and apply knowledge of the ethical standards in the Public Sector, which requirements include, but are not limited to:
  • Information sources.
  • Information flow within the organisation.
  • Internal organisation policy, procedure and guidelines.
  • Information requirements.
  • Information security. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Learners are able to identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking processes to monitor and uphold ethical standards in the public sector. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Learners are able to work ethically and effectively with others as a member of a work team, group, organization or community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Learners are able to organize and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively and to operate ethically in fulfilling their responsibilities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Learners are able to collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information relevant to upholding and supporting the ethical objectives of the government. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Learners are able to communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and /or written persuasion to support the establishment and maintenance of high ethical standards in the public sector. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use science and technology effectively and critically in support of the establishment and maintenance of high ethical standards in government. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of interrelated systems by recognizing that high standards of ethical behaviour are core to the effective and efficient delivery of services to the people of South Africa especially those who are least able to relieve themselves and their communities of the burdens associated with entrapment in the poverty cycle. 

    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 replaces unit standard 113960, "Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the ethical standards in the Public Sector", Level 4, 4 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  57804   National Certificate: Public Administration  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 
    Elective  74149   National Certificate: Supply Chain Management  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


    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. Aldabri 106 Institute for Quality Pty Ltd 
    2. BPL Academy 
    3. Brilliant Skills Development & Training Solutions 
    4. Centre for Logistics Excellence (Pty) Ltd 
    5. College for Business and Maritime Studies 
    6. College of Production Technology 
    7. COMMERCE EDGE SOUTH AFRICA PTY LTD 
    8. Global Maritime Legal Solutions Pty Ltd 
    9. KVR TRAINING AND BUSINESS SOLUTIONS PTY LTD 
    10. Metro Minds 
    11. Phephani Learnerships cc 
    12. Pro-Active Assessment and RPL College (Pty) Ltd 
    13. School of Shipping 
    14. UKWAKHILE TRAINING 
    15. Y2K College 



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