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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate a basic understanding of the stratigraphy of the relevant economic deposit 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
262259  Demonstrate a basic understanding of the stratigraphy of the relevant economic deposit 
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 4  NQF Level 04 
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 will be useful to people who work or intend to work within a mining and minerals context.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of the geological characteristics of the relevant economic deposit.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of the stratigraphy of the relevant economic deposit.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of the local and regional distribution of the principle economic horizons within the relevant economic deposit. 

  • 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 3.
  • Understanding of the location and economic importance of the relevant economic deposit.
  • Understanding of the stratigraphy of the economic horizons within the relevant economic deposit. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard covers the demonstration of a basic understanding pertaining to the geological characteristics of the relevant economic deposit, its stratigraphy and the distribution of the principal economic horizons within the relevant economic deposit.

    Range: Must include one relevant deposit from a specific commodity type:

    Gold Deposits:
  • Free State Gold Field.
  • Klerksdorp Gold Field.
  • Carletonville Gold Field.
  • West Rand Gold Field.
  • Central Rand Gold Field.
  • East Rand Gold Field.
  • Evander Gold Field.
  • Barberton Greenstone Belt.
  • Murchison Greenstone Belt.

    Coal Deposits:
  • Witbank Coal Field.
  • Springbok Coal Field.
  • Natal Coal Field.
  • Molteno Coal Field.
  • Ellisras Coal Field.
  • Free State Coal Field.
  • Limpopo Coal Field.

    Layered Igneous Intrusives:
  • Western Bushveld Complex.
  • Eastern Bushveld Complex.
  • Northern Bushveld Complex.
  • Rooiberg Tin Field.

    Alkaline Magmatic Deposits:
  • Phalaborwa District.

    Kimberlite Deposit.

    Metaliferous Iron and Manganese Deposits:
  • Sishen Deposit.
  • Kalahari Deposit.

    Heavy Mineral Deposits:
  • Alluvial Deposit.
  • Marine Deposit.
  • Coastal Deposit.

    Oil and Gas Reservoirs:
  • Mesozoic Basins. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate basic understanding of the geological characteristics of the relevant economic deposit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The age of the relevant economic deposit is defined in geological terms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The relationship between the relevant economic deposit and the underlying floor rocks is explained in geological terms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The relationship between the relevant economic deposit and the overlying cover rocks is explained in geological terms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The nature and variability of the mineralization is described and explained in the mining context. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate basic understanding of the stratigraphy of the relevant economic deposit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The principal units within the relevant economic deposit are identified in geological terms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The lithologies comprising the principle units within the relevant economic deposit are identified in geological terms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The age relationships between the principle units within the relevant economic deposit are identified in geological terms. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate basic understanding of the regional distribution of the principle economic horizons within the relevant economic deposit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The principal economic horizons within the relevant economic deposit are identified in geological terms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The relationship between individual economic horizons is identified and discussed in geological terms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effect of subsequent geological events on the economic potential of specific economic horizons is discussed, explained and specific examples identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The distribution of individual economic horizons is discussed and explained in geological terms. 


    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 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 unit standard 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 with 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.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • The principle characteristics of the stratigraphy of the relevant economic deposit.
  • The regional distribution of the principle economic horizons within the relevant economic deposit.
  • The effect of subsequent geological events on the economic potential of specific economic horizons within the relevant economic deposit. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.

    Note:
  • The ability of the learner to identify characteristics of individual stratigraphic units and the effect of subsequent geological events on the economic potential of a specific unit, contributes to his/her problem solving ability. 

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

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

    Note:
  • The ability of the learner to integrate the geological data indicates that the learner can organise and manage activities. 

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

    Note:
  • The ability of the learner to integrate geological data will enhance the learner's proficiency to collect, analyse, organise and evaluate information. 

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

    Note:
  • The ability of the learner to reconcile the data from various sources will indicate the learner's proficiency in effective communication. 

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

    Note:
  • The analysis of the geological data pertaining to the various stratigraphic units and economic horizons described will indicate the learners understanding of science and technology. 

  • 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 learner to understand the relationship between individual stratigraphic units and economic horizons will contribute to their understanding of the whole world. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Reflect on, and explore a variety of strategies to learn more effectively and to contribute to the full development of each learner to enhance the social and economic development of the society at large.

    Note:
  • The ability of the learner to explore more than one strategy to identify the stratigraphic units can be applied inside and outside the work environment to enhance the socio-economic development of family-life and the community at large. 

  • 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 and 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 and S Risks.
  • Working Guide.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications.

    Motivation:

    Even though there are less than four specific outcomes in this unit standard it represent a whole competency. It is NOT merely a description of tasks, jobs or procedures but it focuses on outcomes of activity. It also has a broad application across a range of context as stipulated in the unit standard.

    In addition this unit standard is considered as a milestone of learning in the sector. It is worth recognizing in its own right, as is attributable to and achievable by an individual.

    This unit standard is fit-for-purpose for the sector and the specific outcomes jointly meet all the competence requirements of the title of the standard.

    In addition the unit standard has been integrated to avoid artificial distinctions between activities/processes. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  65549   National Certificate: Mining Technical Support  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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