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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of legal terms and requirements related to rockbreaking operations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244458  Demonstrate an understanding of legal terms and requirements related to rockbreaking operations 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
116659  Demonstrate an understanding of legal terms and requirements related to rockbreaking operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will be useful to people who have to demonstrate an understanding of legal terms and requirements related to rockbreaking operations.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Explain definitions pertaining to rockbreaking operations.
  • Explain legal requirements related to rockbreaking operations.

    The knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard contribute to social and economic transformation and the upliftment and economic growth of the mining and minerals sector by understanding legal terms and requirements related to rockbreaking operations as part of the mining process.

    This unit standard is intended to promote knowledge and understanding of persons pertaining to legal terms and requirements related to rockbreaking operations in the mining and minerals sector in order to ensure knowledgeable, competent and informed workers. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • The ability to read and write at ABET 3 Level or equivalent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain definitions pertaining to rockbreaking operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The explanation of definitions related to rockbreaking activities is consistent with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Definitions must include:
  • Socket.
  • Misfired hole.
  • Shot hole.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The explanation of definitions related to mining excavations is consistent with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Definitions must include:
  • Shaft.
  • Raise.
  • Winze.
  • Steeply incline.
  • Safety pillar.
  • Stope.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain legal requirements related to rockbreaking operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The explanation regarding the extraction of pillars and remnants is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The explanation regarding the examination of and declaring a workplace safe is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The explanation regarding the installation, maintenance and removal of support is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The explanation regarding the examination of abandoned workings is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The explanation regarding the prevention of persons inadvertently entering workings that contains gas or water and the prevention of persons falling down steeply inclined excavations is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The explanation regarding the prevention of water from entering rock passes is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The explanation regarding the right to withdraw from an unsafe working place is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The explanation regarding a fan stoppage is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The explanation of the employee's duties related to the occupational health and safety of him/herself and others is consistent with specified requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • 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 must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Safety, occupational health and environmental legislation and regulations.
  • Quality policies, standards and agreements. 

  • 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 candidate to identify, record and deal with hazardous and unhealthy conditions contributes to his/her problem solving skills. 

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

    Note:
  • The ability and willingness of the candidate to accept interpret and delegate work instructions correctly, when and if required, in an appropriate manner indicates that he/she can work effectively as a team member in the bigger organisational structure. 

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

    Note:
  • The identification of hazardous and unhealthy conditions, the recording thereof and taking appropriate action will indicate that the candidate can organise and manage activities in his/her working environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Note:
  • The ability of the candidate to correct for pressure and temperature and to interpret the information obtained and take appropriate action will indicate proficiency in collecting, organising and evaluating information. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and / or written presentations.

    Note:
  • The ability of the candidate to use visual and language skills will indicate his/her effectiveness to communicate information. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and occupational health of others.

    Note:
  • The learner demonstrates an understanding of and ability to use advanced mining technology in terms of production, safety and communication. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Note:
  • The ability of the candidate to recognise the importance of legal terms and requirements related to rockbreaking operations. 

  • 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 116659, "Demonstrate an understanding of legal terms and requirements related to rockbreaking operations", Level 2, 5 credits.

    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, 1996 (Act no 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act no 50/1991).
    > Mandatory Codes of Practice.
    > SANS and other relevant Standards.
    > Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives.
  • Site Specific:
    > Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
    > Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
    > Voluntary Codes of Practice.
    > Managerial Instructions.
    > Mine Standard Procedures.
    > List of Recorded OH&S Risks.
    > Working Guides.
    > Equipment and Materials Specifications of 1993.

    Notes to Assessors:

    Assessors should keep the following principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this unit standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this unit standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent.

    Motivation Regarding Number of Specific Outcomes:

    Even though there are less than four specific outcomes in this unit standard it represents a whole competency. It is NOT merely a description of tasks, jobs or procedures but it focuses on outcomes of activity. It also has a broad application across a range of contexts as stipulated in the unit standard.

    In addition this unit standard is considered as a milestone of learning in the sector. It is worth recognizing in its own right, as it is attributable to and achievable by an individual.

    This unit standard is fit-for-purpose for the sector and the specific outcomes jointly meet all the competence requirements of the title of the standard.

    In addition the unit standard has been integrated to avoid artificial distinctions between activities/processes.

    Unit Standard Justification:

    Level:

    Attribute; Level; Justification:
  • Skills; Level 3; The skills required now have a significant variety and extend beyond the simple range.
  • Procedures; Level 4; Considerable choice.
  • Context; Level 3; Range of familiar.
  • Knowledge; Level 4; Broad knowledge base incorporating some theoretical concepts.
  • Information processing; Level 3; Interpretation of available information.
  • Problem Solving; Level 3; A range of known responses to familiar problems.
  • Orientation of activities; Level 3; Directed, with some autonomy.
  • Application of responsibility; Level 4; Under broad guidance and evaluation.
  • Orientation of scope of responsibility; Level 3; Significant responsibility for the quantity and quality of output.

    Average Level: 30/9 = 3.3.
    Actual Level Assigned: 3.

    Credits:

    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcome:

    Activity; Hours:
  • Classroom Teaching; 46 Hours.
  • On-The-Job Training; 0 Hours.
  • Mentoring required; 0 Hours.
  • Other (Specify); 0 Hours.
  • Total; 46 Hours.

    Credits Achieved: 46/10 = 4.6.
    Actual Credits Assigned: 5. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58760   National Certificate: Rock Breaking Underground Hard Rock  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. AFROPEAN DIAMONDS PTY LTD T/A FINSCH DIAMOND MINE 
    2. ALLOYS HEAD OFFICE 
    3. Anglo American Platinum Amendelbult Concentrators 
    4. ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD (V/R) 
    5. BANA BA THARI MINING TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY (PTY) LTD 
    6. BOKONI PLATINUM MINES (PTY) LTD 
    7. CONCOR PROJECTS PTY LTD 
    8. CULLINAN DIAMOND MINE PTY LTD 
    9. DIGGERS TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES 
    10. DWARSRIVER CHROME MINE (PTY) LTD 
    11. EASTERN CHROME MINES 
    12. EASTERN CROME MINES SAMANCOR 
    13. FOSKOR (PTY) LTD 
    14. HARMONY GOLD MINING CO LTD 
    15. IMPALA PLATINUM SERVICES LTD 
    16. KHUTALA MINING SERVICES PL 
    17. MANCAS CONSULTINGS CC 
    18. MATHOME TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (PTY) LTD 
    19. MINERAL MINING TRAINING INSTITUTE(PTY) LTD 
    20. MODIKWA MINING PERSONNEL SERVICES PTY L TD 
    21. NORTHAM PLATINUM LTD 
    22. PALABORA COPPER (PTY) LTD 
    23. PRISMA TRAINING SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
    24. Rustenburg Platinum Mines - Union Section 
    25. SAMANCOR CHROME LTD 
    26. SASOL GLOBAL LEARNING 
    27. SENZEKO EXECUTIVE RISK CC 
    28. SHAFT SINKERS MINING PTY LTD 
    29. SIBANYE GOLD ACADEMY PROPRIETARY LIMITED 
    30. TAU LEKOA GOLD MINING COMPANY (PTY) LTD 
    31. TRAIN THE NATION AND ASSOCIATES (PTY) LTD 
    32. TWO RIVERS PLATINUM (PTY) LTD 
    33. WESTERN PLATINUM MINE 
    34. XTRACT TRAINING SERVICES CC 



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