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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Produce briquettes from fine material 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252308  Produce briquettes from fine material 
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 2  NQF Level 02 
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
110208  Produce briquettes from fine material  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will be useful to people who are responsible for producing platinum ingots.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge relating to the briquetting process.
  • Prepare to produce briquettes.
  • Produce briquettes.
  • Complete the duties pertaining to the briquetting process. 

  • 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:
  • Communication and mathematical literacy at NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge relating to the briquetting process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The actions and conditions pertaining to a safe, healthy work environment in the briquetting process and the consequences of non-adherence are explained in terms of specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of producing briquettes is explained in terms of achieving specified production requirements and up- and downstream operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Hazards and associated risks pertaining to the briquetting process are identified through relevant risk assessment procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The actions to be taken should hazards and risks be encountered are explained in terms of specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The principal components of the briquetting process are identified and their functions are explained in terms of design and operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Briquetting system components.
  • Auxiliary systems.
  • Safety devices.
  • Interlocks.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The actions to be taken, should sub-standard conditions and problems be encountered, are explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Lock-out procedures pertaining to the briquetting system and the consequences of non-compliance are explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The elementary principles of the briquetting process are explained in terms of purpose, method and handling. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The colour coding and symbolic signs pertaining to the briquetting process are explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    The communication requirements pertaining to the briquetting process and the consequences of non-compliance are explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 11 
    The operating parameters and control methods and the consequences of not adhering to these are explained in terms of operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 12 
    The factors affecting the optimum performance of the briquetting system are explained in terms of cause and impact. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to produce briquettes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal protective and safety equipment is verified, examined and used in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tools and equipment are verified, examined and used in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Workplace hazards and associated risks are dealt with in accordance with recommendations set out in the applicable risk assessment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The briquetting system is examined and substandard conditions are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Safety and health precautions towards self and others are maintained in accordance with legal and operational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Produce briquettes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Personal protective and safety equipment is used in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Safe and optimum production is ensured through effective communication. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The start-up, monitoring and controlling of the briquetting process is in accordance with standard task procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Tools and equipment are used in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Work related hazards and associated risks are dealt with in accordance with recommendations set out in the applicable risk assessment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Problems encountered are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Safety and health precautions towards self and others are maintained in accordance with legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The production of briquettes is consistent with environmental policy and other legislation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete the duties pertaining to the briquetting process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The briquetting process is stopped in accordance with standard task procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Lock-out procedures pertaining to the briquetting system are adhered to in accordance with legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Personal protective and safety equipment is dealt with in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Tools and equipment are dealt with in accordance with prescribed practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Good housekeeping practices are maintained in accordance with plant policy. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The briquettes produced are dealt with in accordance with standard task procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Reporting and data-recording requirements are met in accordance with legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Preparation for maintenance is in accordance with plant instructions and lock-out procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against the qualification 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 qualification 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. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the associated unit standards.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this qualification 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.

    Critical factors relating to producing briquettes:
  • Legal and specified requirements.
  • Achieving specified production requirements.
  • Risk Assessment procedures and actions.
  • Identify the principal components and explain the specification and their functions.
  • Specified communication requirements.
  • Elementary principles of the process.

    Processes and events:
  • Preparation.
  • Examination.
  • Metal recovery.
  • Monitor and control.

    Causes and effects (Safety and Health):
  • Use of personal protective equipment.
  • Use of tools and equipment.
  • Workplace hazards and associated risks.
  • Housekeeping.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Methods of collecting, analysing, organising, summarising and presenting data.
  • Fault finding and corrective techniques.
  • Handling procedure and controls.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies and standards:
  • Safety, 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 substandard and hazardous conditions, assess and take appropriate action. 

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

    Note: The ability and willingness of the candidate to accept and interpret work instructions correctly. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage himself/herself and his/her activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note: The ability of the candidate to indicate what methods, tools and personal protective equipment are required, and to communicate to fellow workers his/her intentions and the assistance required. 

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

    Note: The ability of the candidate to reconcile the information from visual and physical examinations and constantly evaluate the changing situation. 

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

    Note: The appropriate communication with the relevant personnel with regard to the reporting of hazards and substandard conditions will indicate his/her proficiency in effective 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 identify and refer anomalous behaviour to a specialist confirms his/her understanding of the fact that a specific observation, inference, action or decision may have a devastating effect. 

    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 110208, "Produce briquettes from fine material", Level 2, 5 credits.

    Terminology:

    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.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Mine Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks.
  • Working Guides.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications.

    Unit Standard Justification:

    Level:

    Attribute; Level; Justification:
  • Skills; Level 3; Well developed in range.
  • Procedures; Level 2; Established and familiar.
  • Context; Level 2; Routine and familiar.
  • Knowledge; Level 2; Basic operational.
  • Information processing; Level 2; Basic processing of readily available information.
  • Problem Solving; Level 2; Known solutions to familiar problems.
  • Orientation of activities; Level 3; Directed with some autonomy.
  • Application of responsibility; Level 2; Under general supervision and quality control.
  • Orientation of scope of responsibility; Level 2; Some responsibility for quantity and quality and possible responsibility for guiding others.

    Average Level: =2.22.
    Actual Level assigned: = 2.

    Credits:

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

    Activity; Hours:
  • Classroom Teaching; 20 hours.
  • On-The-Job Training; 30 hours.
  • Mentoring required; 0 hours.
  • Other (Specify); 0 hours.

    Total = 50 hours.

    Credits achieved: = 50 / 10 = 5.0.
    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
    Elective  59305   National Certificate: Mineral Processing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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. De Beers Voorspoed Mine 
    2. EKAPA MINERALS (PTY) LTD 
    3. KHUMANI IRON ORE MINE 
    4. KOLOMELA MINE 
    5. METSKILL (PTY) LTD 
    6. MINERAL MINING TRAINING INSTITUTE (PTY) LTD 
    7. NORTHAM PLATINUM LIMITED 
    8. PRIDE OF SUCCESS (PTY) LTD 
    9. SAFETY TRAINING PRACTITIONERS PTY LTD 
    10. Talent Factor (Pty) Ltd 
    11. THARISA MINERALS PTY LTD 
    12. TWO RIVERS PLATINUM (PTY) LTD 



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