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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Recognise agri/ecotourism within the strategic environment 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116315  Recognise agri/ecotourism within the strategic environment 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Primary Agriculture 
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 
The learners achieving this unit standard must demonstrate an ability to recognize the strategic environment of the Agri/Ecotourism business and be able to interpret its importance. In addition they will be well positioned to extend their learning and practice into other areas of strategic thinking and management, thereby providing valuable inputs into managerial decision-making. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that a learner attempting this unit standard will demonstrate competence against the unit standards or equivalent:
  • NQF 3: Communicate agri/eco tourism principles and concepts effectively and adapt to needs. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Whilst range statements have been defined generically to include as wide a set of alternatives as possible, all range statements should be interpreted within the specific context of application.

    Range statements are neither comprehensive nor necessarily appropriate to all contexts. Alternatives must however be comparable in scope and complexity. These are only as a general guide to scope and complexity of what is required. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify the strengths of the Agri/Ecotourism venture as part of the strategic plan. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Internal at farm/reserve (micro) level; economic, human resources, natural environment, attractions, capital, etc. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The internal economic and financial strengths of the venture are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The internal human resources strengths of the venture are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The internal natural and climatic environment strengths of the venture are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The internal man-made and natural attractions of the venture are identified. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify the weaknesses of the Agri/Ecotourism venture as part of the strategic plan. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Internal at farm/reserve (micro) level; capital and financial resources, human resources, natural environment and attractions, susceptibility to risks. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The internal economic and financial weaknesses of the venture are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The internal human resources weaknesses of the venture are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The internal natural and climatic environment weaknesses of the venture are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The lack of internal man-made and natural attractions of the venture at farm/reserve level in comparison to the needs expressed by visitors is identified. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify the opportunities of the Agri/Ecotourism venture as part of the strategic plan. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    External to the farm/reserve at meso and macro levels (Economic interest rates, exchange rates], political, labour availability, disasters in competing areas). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The external economic and financial opportunities impacting on the venture (low interest rates, weak Rand in relation to foreign currencies, etc.) are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The external human resources opportunities impacting on the venture (migration rates, higher net spending income of tourists, access to external expertise, etc.) are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The external natural and climatic opportunities impacting on the venture (natural attractions and favourable weather patterns) are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The presence of disasters that may occur in competing destinations that offer opportunities for the venture are identified. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify the threats of the Agri/Ecotourism venture as part of the strategic plan. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    External to the farm/reserve at meso and macro levels. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The external economic and financial threats impacting on the venture (high interest rates, political unrest, strong Rand in relation to foreign currencies, etc.) are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The external human resources threats impacting on the venture (low migration rates, weaker net spending income of tourists, limited access to external expertise, etc.) are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The external natural and climatic threats impacting on the venture (lack of external natural attractions in terms of quantity and quality, unfavourable weather patterns) are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The presence of local disasters that may occur in local area that may let the local area looses its competitiveness are identified. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Maintain, appraise and make recommendations on success factors within the strategic plan towards management. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Amenities, Access, Auxiliary services, Attractions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The success factors (amenities, access structures, auxiliary services and attractions) impacting on the Agri/Ecotourism venture appraised. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Alternatives to maintain success are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Recommendations are communicated effectively to management and authorities with the necessary evidence are produced. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established assessment principles.

    It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the qualifying learners are working. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment, formative and summative assessment, portfolios and observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes; critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge are assessed.

    The specific outcomes must be assessed through observation of performance. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

    Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral or written evidence and cannot be assessed only by being observed.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a qualifying learner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, then they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values.
  • 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 or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The person is able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of:
  • Knowledge on SWOT (strategic) analysis.
  • Appraisal of success factors for tourist destinations (amenities, auxiliary services, access, attractions).
  • Flow (provision) of information for strategic planning to authorities and management. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem-solving relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organization and management relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Self-development relates 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  48979   National Certificate: Animal Production  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  49009   National Certificate: Plant Production  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    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. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    2. Cedara College of Agriculture 
    3. ELSENBURG AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE 
    4. Heedmorine Training 
    5. KayDee Project Management Cc 
    6. Leruo ke Matla Training and Enterprise Development Services 
    7. Maishamalema Development Training 
    8. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 
    9. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    10. Mogaladi Business Enterprise 
    11. Morwa Agri-development cc 
    12. Mvelo Consultant 
    13. National Institute For The Deaf - NID 
    14. Resource Consulting Services (PTY) Ltd 
    15. Sekhukhune FET College - Central Office 
    16. Selipha Trading (Pty) Ltd 
    17. Setlakala Business Development 
    18. Suidwes Beleggings Eiendoms Beperk 
    19. The Skills Development Hub (Pty) Ltd 
    20. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    21. Tripple R Training Provider 
    22. Vari Holdings (Pty)Ltd 
    23. Westco Agri Training 



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