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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Describe wholesale and retail in South Africa 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259939  Describe wholesale and retail in South Africa 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Retail and Wholesale 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 11 - Services Wholesale and Retail 
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 
The unit standard is aimed at learners wishing to enter the Wholesale and Retail sector for employment opportunities. Individuals credited with this unit standard will gain understanding of the nature of the Wholesale and Retail Sector and will be able to identify the key features of the sector.

In addition, learners will be able to explain the concepts of Wholesale and Retail, the roles and functions of role players in the sector and the knowledge gained will provide access to workplace based learning programmes for occupationally focussed qualifications in the field of Wholesale and Retail through accessing of further learning at NQF Level 2.

Qualifying learners will be able to:
  • Identify the key features of Wholesale and Retail in South Africa.
  • Describe the nature of Wholesale and Retail. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at ABET Level 3. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify the key features of Wholesale and Retail in South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concepts of Wholesale and Retail is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The purpose of Wholesale is identified and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The purpose of Retail is identified and described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The relevant categories and sub-sectors in the Wholesale and Retail environment in South Africa are recognised and listed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The relevant stakeholders in the Wholesale and Retail environment in South Africa are recognised and listed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the nature of Wholesale and Retail. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The profit principle within the concept of stock for re-sale as it applies to Wholesale and Retail is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The types of products and services in a selected Wholesale and Retail operation are investigated and identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The operational functions in the wholesale and retail environment are identified and listed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The flow of stock in the Wholesale and Retail environment is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The flow of cash in the Wholesale and Retail environment is described. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing an individual against this unit standard must meet the assessor requirements of the relevant ETQA. In particular, such assessors must demonstrate that they assess in terms of the scope and context defined in all the range statements. Any institution offering learning towards this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • External moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Sub-sectors and categories applicable to the Wholesale and Retail sector.
  • Stakeholders in the Wholesale and Retail sector.
  • Concepts and terminology used in the sector.
  • Operational functions in the Wholesale and Retail environment.
  • The flow of stock in the Wholesale and Retail environment.
  • The flow of cash in the Wholesale and Retail environment.
  • Types of products and services in the Wholesale and Retail environment.
  • Principles of profit through sale and resale. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The identification of key features and nature of the Wholesale and Retail environment requires the collection, analysis, organisation and evaluation of relevant information.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The explanation and identification of roles and functions of stakeholders and role-players in the Wholesale and Retail environment supports effective communication.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The identification of the relationships between stakeholders and role-players in the Wholesale and Retail environment, the flow of stock and cash and the impact of legislation within the environment enables a systemic perception of the environment.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    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 
    The following terms used in this unit standard is understood as follows:

    Sub-Sectors:
  • Refers to Wholesale, Retail, Franchises, Merchandising, Groups, large chain, independent and small, medium and micro enterprises associated with the Wholesale and Retail environment.

    Operational Functions:
  • Refers to administration, buying, sales, receiving, dispatch, accounting, cashiering, merchandising, and other relevant functional areas in the Wholesale and Retail environment.

    Categories:
  • Include but is not limited to hardware, music, food, clothing, furniture, general/speciality merchandise. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  71751   General Education and Training Certificate: Adult Basic Education and Training  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  73249   General Education and Training Certificate: Adult Basic Education and Training: Academic Curriculum  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2021-06-30  UMALUSI 


    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. Boland College Head Office 
    2. D Z D TRADING AND PROJECTS 24 
    3. Edutel Wholesale & Retail Academy 
    4. Golden Ratio College (Pty) Ltd 
    5. GPR Training Academy (Pty) Ltd 
    6. Guest Resource Services (Pty) Ltd 
    7. NOFESA cc 
    8. Northlink College - Protea Campus 
    9. South Cape Public FET College - George Campus 



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