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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of the location of typical mineral deposits in SA 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
254502  Demonstrate an understanding of the location of typical mineral deposits in SA 
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 1  NQF Level 01 
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 persons who work or intend to work within a mining and minerals context.

Persons credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the typical mineral deposits of South Africa.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the geographical location of the principle mineral deposits of South Africa.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the economic importance of the economic deposits of South Africa.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical importance of the economic deposits of South Africa. 

  • 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 Abet Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate understanding of the typical mineral deposits of South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The fundamental characteristics of a typical economic deposit are explained in terms of mining economics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The principal mineral deposits within South Africa are defined in geological terms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The typical mineral commodities found in each of the principle mineral deposits within South Africa are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The age relationships between the principle mineral deposits within South Africa are described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Between different geological units.
  • Within the same geographic area.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate understanding of the geographical location of the principle mineral deposits of South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The geographical location of the principle mineral deposits within South Africa are identified on a standard geographic map. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The geographical location of the most important mining areas within the principle mineral deposits within South Africa are identified on a standard geographic map. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the economic importance of the economic deposits of South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of the economic deposits of South Africa to South Africa is explained in economic terms. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Government.
  • Industry.
  • Labour.
  • Local community.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of the deposits of South Africa to the world is explained in economic terms. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Coal.
  • Iron.
  • Platinum.
  • Manganese.
  • Diamonds.
  • Chrome.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the historical importance of the economic deposits of South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Prospecting and mining activities within South Africa is discussed in terms of history. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Coal.
  • Gold.
  • Platinum.
  • Diamonds.
  • Copper.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The economic deposits of South Africa to South Africa is explained in terms of historical importance. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The following accreditation and/or moderation options are available to an individual wishing to be assessed:
  • 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.
  • Guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The candidate will acquire the following understanding during training to obtain this unit standard:
  • The location and characteristics of the principle mineral deposits of South Africa.
  • The age relationships between the mineral deposits of South Africa.
  • The economic importance of the economic mineral deposits of South Africa to South Africa and the world.
  • The historical importance of the economic deposits of South Africa. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

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

    Note: The ability of the candidate to understand the need for a multipurpose approach to the study and exploitation of a mineral deposit indicates that he/she can work effectively as a team member in the bigger organisational structure. 

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

    Note: The ability of the candidate to integrate geological and geographical data will enhance the learners proficiency to collect, analyse, organise and evaluate information. 

    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 the different mineral basins within South Africa and recognise the importance of the South African mineral deposits to the world will contribute to their understanding of the whole world. 

    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 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 and instructions.
  • Guidelines issued by the Chief Inspector of Mines.

    Site Specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Mine Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks.
  • Working Guide.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications.
  • Training manuals.
  • Education manuals, including geological text books.
  • Geology maps. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  60349   National Certificate: Mining Technical Support  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. ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD (V/R) 
    2. Mathome Training & Development 
    3. Palabora Copper Pty Ltd 



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