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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge of water related legislation and the responsibilities of management in terms of the acts 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
255987  Demonstrate knowledge of water related legislation and the responsibilities of management in terms of the acts 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Water Sector 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 12 - Physical Planning and Construction Civil Engineering Construction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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
116979  Demonstrate knowledge of water related legislation and the responsibilities of management in terms of the acts  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The qualifying learner achieving this unit standard in combination with context expertise standard(s) will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the requirements of the National Water Act and Water Services Act and the associated responsibilities of management. This competence will enable the learner to identify the relevant regulations for his/her own sector and place of work, interpret them and implement them in accordance with the parameters of these Acts. This will enable the learner to manage the consequences of non-compliance of both Acts. This will contribute towards the protection of the country`s water resources and the provision of sustainable water services. The achievement of this unit standard will provide foundational knowledge, expand the skills base of the qualifying learner and make the person more effective in his/her tasks. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Literacy and communication at NQF Level 4 or equivalent. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
National Water Act principles refers to Water Management Strategies; Protection of Water Resources; Use of Water; financial Provisions, General powers and duties of the Minister and Director-General, catchment management Agencies, Water User Associations, Advisory Committees, International Water Management, Government Waterworks, Safety of Dams, Access to and Rights over land, Monitoring, assessment and information, Appeals and dispute resolution, Offences and Remedies.

Water Services Act principles refers to Standards and Tariffs, Water Service Authorities, Water Service Providers, Water Service intermediaries, Water boards, Water Service Committees, Monitoring and Intervention, Financial assistance to water services institutions, National Information System, General Powers and duties of Minister, General Provisions, Model By-laws, Industrial Effluent.

National Environmental Management Act principles refer to integrated environmental management; socially, environmentally and economically sustainable development; environmental justice, equitable access to environmental resources; responsibility for environmental health and safety, public participation, community well-being and empowerment; transparency; intergovernmental co-ordination and harmonisation; global and international responsibilities; costs of remediation; women and youth in environmental management; ecosystems management and planning.

All relevant Regulations/Government Notices such as:

National Water Act:

Regulations in terms of section 26(1) Govt Notice No. 704 of 1999 - Regulations on use of water for mining and related activities aimed at the protection of water resources; Govt Notice No. 1352 of 1999 - Regulations that a water use be registered Govt Notice No. 991 of 1984 - Requirements for the Purification of Wastewater or effluent Govt Notice No. 2834 of 1985 - Erection, Enlargement, Operation and Registration of Water Care Works; General Authorisations; Government Notice No. 1160 of 1999 - Establishment of water management areas and their boundaries as a component of the national water resource strategy in terms of section 5(1) of the National Water Act.

Water Services Act:

Regulations in terms of section 9(1):

Govt Notice No. 652 of 2001 - Norms and Standards in respect of Tariffs for Water Services; Govt Notice No. 538 of 2002 - Water Services White Paper; Regulations relating to compulsory national standards and measures to conserve water; and Strategic Framework for Water Services.

National Environmental Management Act:

Govt Notice No. 621 of 2001 - Environmental Implementation Plan (EIP); Govt Notice No. 354 of 2002 - Implementation Plans and Environmental Management Plans; Regulation 552 of 2002 - Environmental Management Plan (EMP).

Environmental Conservation Act (future promulgation in terms of National Environmental Management Act):

Govt Notice No. 51 of 1994 - General Environment Policy; Regulation 1051 of 1998 - Basel Convention of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of the Act and Regulations in terms of own sector. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
e.g. Wastewater treatment, water treatment, water/wastewater reticulation etc. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The National Water Act principles are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The Water Services Act principles are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The National Environmental Management Act principles are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The Environmental Impact Assessment regulations are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Model water and wastewater by-laws are explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Explain the requirements for minimum compliance stipulated in the Acts. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Structures required within own organisation for compliance with the National Water Act are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Structures required within own organisation for compliance with the Water Services Act are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Structures required within own organisation for compliance with the National Environmental Management Act are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Functions required within own organisation for compliance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The obligations of the employer with respect to compliance of the Acts are explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Interpret the management controls required to achieve compliance. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The aspects of the National Water Act and Regulations/Government Notices relevant to own business within the water sector are identified and interpreted to achieve compliance. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The aspects of the Water Services Act and Regulations/Government Notices relevant to own business within the water sector are identified and interpreted to achieve compliance. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The aspects of the National Environmental Management Act and Regulations/Government Notices relevant to own business within the water sector are identified and interpreted to achieve compliance. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The aspects of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations/Government Notices relevant to own business within the water sector are identified and interpreted to achieve compliance. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The aspects of provincial legislation and local bylaws relevant to own business within the water sector are identified and interpreted. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Keep records in accordance with the requirements of the Acts and the Regulations. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Documents that have legal status are identified and explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Relevant records required in terms of the Acts (in own business) are kept. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The use of documents and records in terms of day to management, legal defense and compliance is explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Demonstrate knowledge of legislation pertaining to the quality of potable water and final effluent discharge. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
National standards in terms of drinking water are explained for compliance purposes. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
National requirements relating to wastewater disposal are interpreted for compliance purposes. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Licenses for water use are explained in the context of compliance with the national legislation. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Licenses include but are not limited to abstraction license, authorization, permits and exemptions as issued in terms of the applicable legislation.
 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by 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 at exit points of the qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Relevant sections of the National Water Act, 1998 (Act 36 of 1998) and relevant Government Notices and Regulations.
  • Relevant sections of the Water Services Act, 1997 (Act 107 of 1997) and relevant Government Notices and Regulations.
  • Relevant sections of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act 107 of 1998) and relevant Government Notices and Regulations.
  • Environmental impact Assessment regulations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made.

    Assessment criteria:
  • The aspects of the National Water Act and Regulations/Government Notices relevant to own business within the water sector are identified and interpreted to achieve compliance.
  • The aspects of the Water Services Act and Regulations/Government Notices relevant to own business within the water sector are identified and interpreted to achieve compliance.
  • The aspects of the National Environmental Management Act and Regulations/Government Notices relevant to own business within the water sector are identified and interpreted to achieve compliance.
  • The aspects of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations/Government Notices relevant to own business within the water sector are identified and interpreted to achieve compliance.
  • The aspects of provincial legislation and local bylaws relevant to own business within the water sector are identified and interpreted. 

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

    Assessment criteria:
  • Structures required within own organisation for compliance with the National Water Act are explained.
  • Structures required within own organisation for compliance with the Water Services Act are explained.
  • Structures required within own organisation for compliance with the National Environmental Management Act are explained.
  • Functions required within own organisation for compliance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations are explained.
  • The obligations of the employer with respect to compliance of the Acts are explained.
  • The aspects of the National Water Act and Regulations/Government Notices relevant to own business within the water sector are identified and interpreted to achieve compliance.
  • The aspects of the Water Services Act and Regulations/Government Notices relevant to own business within the water sector are identified and interpreted to achieve compliance.
  • The aspects of the National Environmental Management Act and Regulations/Government Notices relevant to own business within the water sector are identified and interpreted to achieve compliance.
  • The aspects of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations/Government Notices relevant to own business within the water sector are identified and interpreted to achieve compliance.
  • The aspects of provincial legislation and local bylaws relevant to own business within the water sector are identified and interpreted.
  • Documents that have legal status are identified and explained.
  • Relevant records required in terms of the Acts (in own business) are kept.
  • The use of documents and records in terms of day to management, legal defense and compliance is explained. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Plan, organise and manage oneself and one`s Activities responsibly and effectively.

    Assessment criteria:
  • Relevant records required in terms of the Acts (in own business) are kept. 

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

    Assessment criteria:
  • The aspects of the National Water Act and Regulations/Government Notices relevant to own business within the water sector are identified and interpreted to achieve compliance.
  • The aspects of the Water Services Act and Regulations/Government Notices relevant to own business within the water sector are identified and interpreted to achieve compliance.
  • The aspects of the National Environmental Management Act and Regulations/Government Notices relevant to own business within the water sector are identified and interpreted to achieve compliance.
  • The aspects of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations/Government Notices relevant to own business within the water sector are identified and interpreted to achieve compliance.
  • The aspects of provincial legislation and local bylaws relevant to own business within the water sector are identified and interpreted. 

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

    Assessment criteria: All. 

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

    Assessment criteria: All. 

    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.

    Assessment criteria: All. 

    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 116979, "Demonstrate knowledge of water related legislation and the responsibilities of management in terms of the acts", Level 5, 8 credits.

    Integrated Assessment:

    When conducting assessments, assessors must ensure that they are familiar with the full text of the unit standards being assessed. Assessors must ensure that the assessment covers the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge by developing assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the learners are working. These activities and tools may include self-assessment, peer assessment, formative and summative assessment. It may be more effective and efficient to assess a number of unit standards together in an integrated way, thus reducing the overall number of assessments and ensuring that commonalties that exist between a number of unit standards are captured in a way that makes sense for assessment.

    This Unit Standard is intended for managers of small business and entry level managers of business units in larger organisations. It provides the background necessary to the management function in the water sector. Entry level managers include, but not limited to managers and section heads in an organisation at which an employee has other employees reporting to him/her. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  61709   Further Education and Training Certificate: Water and Wastewater Treatment Process Control Supervision  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  EWSETA 


    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.
     
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    19. MPUMELELO CONSULTANCY CC 
    20. MUNICIPAL TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE 
    21. NEW HOPE REVIVAL ORGANISATION 
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