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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Utilise processes within the oversight environment to promote effective corporate governance 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
260341  Utilise processes within the oversight environment to promote effective corporate governance 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Public Fin Oversight & Accountability 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies Public Administration 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  10 
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 intended for learners who are members of the national, provincial or municipal legislator and who have been identified to serve, or who are serving on public oversight committees at their respective legislative level. The learner successfully completing this Unit Standard will gain essential knowledge and practical skills to utilise the processes within the oversight environment to promote effective corporate governance in the scrutiny of public expenditure and determining accountability of the executive.

A learner credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Illustrate the inter-relationships between and within the three spheres of government and other stakeholders.
  • Analyse the concepts and principles of oversight and accountability.
  • Explain issues of ethics in the context of implementing oversight processes.
  • Communicate with all stakeholders to enhance effective oversight.
  • Evaluate issues of service delivery in the context of implementing oversight processes. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner has the following knowledge and skills:
  • Communication at NQF Level 5. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Illustrate the inter-relationships between and within the three spheres of government and other stakeholders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The roles, responsibilities, mandates and structures in the oversight environment are defined and contextualised in relation to oversight processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Parliamentary protocols are defined and applied during the execution of oversight processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An explanation is given of the engagement and maintenance of relationships with stakeholders during the execution of oversight processes. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Relationship between stakeholders includes but is not limited to other parliamentary committees, the Auditor-General, government departments, National Treasury, local government.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The challenges facing Public Accounts Committees are discussed to reflect their impact on the effectiveness of oversight. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Analyse the concepts and principles of oversight and accountability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A description is given of the relationship between democracy and governance in order to explain how this would facilitate the achievement of national government objectives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Legislation and public policy are identified and interpreted in order to allow for enhanced application in oversight processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The oversight mandates, powers and responsibilities of public accounts committees are defined so as to reflect their relationship to constitutional imperatives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Oversight, accountability and transparency are defined in order to reflect their impact on corporate governance. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Corporate governance includes but is not limited to participation, consensus, strategic vision, responsiveness, effectiveness, equity and fairness.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The relationship between the executive and the legislature are defined so as to reflect the chain of accountability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    A description is given of the role of accountability and financial management in order to reflect the impact it has on service delivery. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain issues of ethics in the context of implementing oversight processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A description is given of ethical concepts utilised in financial management and accountability processes. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Concepts include but are not limited to values, morals, norms, action, intention, belief, attitudes, crime, punishment, redemption and behaviour.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An underlying understanding is demonstrated of the realities pertaining to ethics and oversight. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An understanding is demonstrated of contemporary issues pertaining to ethics during oversight processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A description is given of typical ethical challenges and dilemmas in terms of their relationship with good governance values and political influences for effective oversight. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Good governance values include but are not limited to Batho Pele principles, bureaucracy and power, effective administration, conflicts of interest, integrity, reliability and fairness.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Communicate with all stakeholders to enhance effective oversight. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Communication mechanisms are utilised to build and protect committee reputation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Communication mechanisms include but are not limited to media briefings, press notices, terms of references, editorials, public enquiry and media liaison.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Protocols and principles on media relations are applied in accordance with formulated policy guidelines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Relationships are established to inform the public about effective oversight processes, the structures involved and current accountability issues. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Stakeholders are communicated with in accordance with specific standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Stakeholders include but are not limited to other parliamentary committees, the Auditor-General, government departments, National Treasury and local government.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Evaluate issues of service delivery in the context of implementing oversight processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The relationship between strategic objectives and related outcomes is assessed in order to determine their impact on identified priorities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Planned outputs are evaluated against envisaged resources and budget requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The relationship between the budget and actual expenditure is reviewed for compliance and achievement of service delivery objectives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Actual expenditure is reviewed against related outcomes to achieve accountability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Performance information is used to measure, review and evaluate the effectiveness of service delivery. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, Act No 108 of 1996.
  • Public Finance Management Act, Act No 1 of 1999.
  • Public Audit Act, Act No 25 of 2004.
  • National Treasury Regulations.
  • Municipal Finance Management Act, Act No 56 of 2003.
  • Powers and Privileges Act, Act No 91 of 1963.
  • Rules of parliament and legislatures.
  • Democracy and governance.
  • Legislation and public policy.
  • Spheres of governance. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Evaluating issues of service delivery in the context of implementing oversight processes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • The Communication with all stakeholders to enhance effective oversight. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Communicating with all stakeholders to enhance effective oversight.
  • Evalauting issues of service delivery in the context of implementing oversight processes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • The inter-relationships between and within the three spheres of government and other stakeholders.
  • The concepts and principles of oversight and accountability.
  • Issues of ethics in the context of implementing oversight processes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Communicating with all stakeholders to enhance effective oversight. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation when:
  • Illustrating the inter-relationships between and within the three spheres of government and other stakeholders. 

  • 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Fundamental  64670   National Certificate: Public Financial Oversight and Accountability  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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