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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Pump water using a De-watering Pump 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
257029  Pump water using a De-watering Pump 
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
11125  Pump water using an Electrical De-watering Pump  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and contribute to the upliftment and economic growth of the mining and minerals sector.

This unit standard will be useful to people who are responsible for pumping water.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding regarding pumping water using a de-watering pump.
  • Prepare to de-water.
  • Pump water using a de-watering pump.
  • Complete the duties pertaining to the de-watering operation. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following range applies to the entire unit standard:

    Learners will be required to submit evidence of competence in either or both of the following:
  • De-watering pump.
  • Submersible De-watering Pump. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding regarding pumping water using a de-watering pump. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The requirements pertaining to a safe, healthy work environment in the de-watering process and the consequences of not adhering to the above are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Requirements must include the following:
  • The lockout procedure.
  • Pre-use inspection.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of pumping water is explained in terms of achieving production requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The identification of hazards and risks associated with de-watering operations, and the actions to be taken should they be encountered, are explained in terms of the relevant procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The actions to be taken, should sub-standard conditions and problems pertaining to the de-watering process be encountered, are explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The communication requirements pertaining to the de-watering process and the consequences of non-compliance are explained in terms of the relevant procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The factors affecting the optimum performance of the de-watering process are explained in terms of manufacturer's specifications and operational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to pump water. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

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

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tools and equipment are verified, examined and used in accordance with manufacturer's specifications and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Job instructions are interpreted correctly and the sequence of operations is determined in accordance with operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Hazard identification and hazard control are conducted to comply with risk assessment requirements to eliminate, minimise or control risk of ill health and injuries. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Pre-use inspection is conducted in such a way as to identify all equipment defects that may impair production or cause damage to equipment or injury to people. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Defects are reported or rectified as per site-specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The work area is examined and hazards and defects are reported or rectified in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Hazards and defects must include the following:
  • Overhang.
  • Large rocks.
  • Bench edges.
  • Power lines.
  • Moving machinery.
  • Water accumulations.
  • Poor underfoot conditions.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Preparation work is performed and consequences of inadequate preparation are described in accordance with legal and site-specific requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Preparation work must include:
  • Lock-out procedure.
  • Work area examination.
  • Pre-use inspections.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The uses of on-board safety systems are explained in terms of manufacturer's specifications and operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    On-board safety systems must include the following:
  • Fire extinguisher.
  • Emergency stop.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Pump water. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The pump is started up in accordance with manufacturer's specifications and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The pump operation is conducted and defects are reported or repaired in accordance with the relevant procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    De-watering operations are conducted in accordance with operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The de-watering operations are co-ordinated in such a manner as to enhance teamwork and avoid conflict within complementary operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    De-watering methods comply with specified requirements to eliminate, minimise or control the risk of ill health and injuries. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Environmental and health elements are monitored, reported or dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Environmental elements must include the following:
  • Dust.
  • Water.
  • Illumination.
  • Noise.
  • Fire and weather conditions.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Complete the duties pertaining to the de-watering operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tools and equipment are dealt with in accordance with specified manufacturer's specifications and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Good housekeeping practices are maintained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Preparation for maintenance is in accordance with operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The pump and associated equipment is locked out in accordance with the relevant procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Reporting and recording are conducted in accordance with operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Specified reporting and recording must include the following:
  • Reporting to supervisor.
  • Submitting reports.
  • Logbook entries.
  • Permit documentation.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Feedback is provided to the in-coming shift with regard to pump condition, environmental hazards and sub-standard conditions in terms of legal and operational 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 Essential Embedded Knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in this unit standard:

    Risks associated with workplace hazards:
  • Overhang.
  • Large rocks.
  • Bench edges.
  • Environmental conditions e.g. dust, excessive water, visibility.
  • Power lines.
  • Moving machinery.

    Risks associated with work related hazards:
  • Working in proximity of moving machinery.
  • Pedestrians and other workers.
  • Working in proximity of cables.
  • Roadway conditions.
  • Access control.
  • Lock out procedure.

    Basic principles of de-watering:
  • Monitoring of instruments, gauges and safety system.
  • Permits requirements.

    Processes and events:
  • Workplace examination.
  • Pre-use inspection of equipment.
  • Preparation.
  • Take charge and pay attention to the controls, water accumulations, pedestrians and prevention of injuries and property damage.

    Occupational health and safety and environment:
  • Hazards and risks encountered.
  • Safety systems and health protection.
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Environmental protection and pollution controls.
  • Emergency procedures.

    Applicable statutory requirements:
  • Applicable Acts and Regulations.
  • Codes of Practice.
  • Operator competency requirements.

    Communication requirements:
  • Reporting.
  • Liaison with associated operators.
  • Interpreting and implementing instructions. 

  • 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 and willingness of the learner to accept and interpret work instructions correctly. 

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

    Note: The ability of the learner 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 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 learner understands the interaction between various role players in a production environment and contributes to the overall safety and productivity of the operation. 

    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 11125, "Pump water using an Electrical De-watering Pump", Level 1, 1 credits.

    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, then 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.

    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 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act 50/1991).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SANS and other relevant standards.
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives/Instructions.

    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. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  62869   National Certificate: Rockbreaking: Surface Excavations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 
    Elective  90655   National Certificate: Small Scale Mining  Not Applicable  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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