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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Demonstrate an understanding of legal terms and requirements related to rockbreaking operations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116659  Demonstrate an understanding of legal terms and requirements related to rockbreaking operations 
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
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2004-12-02  2007-08-16  SAQA 0857/04 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2008-08-16   2011-08-16  

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 is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
244458  Demonstrate an understanding of legal terms and requirements related to rockbreaking operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03   

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 is intended to promote general skills, knowledge and understanding of legal terms and requirements related to rockbreaking operations in the mining and minerals sector in order to ensure knowledgeable and informed workers.

People credited with this unit standard are able to
  • Explain definitions pertaining to rockbreaking operations
  • Explain legal requirements related to rockbreaking operations 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • The ability to read and write at ABET 3 level or equivalent 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the unit standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain definitions pertaining to rockbreaking operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The explanation of definitions related to rockbreaking activities is consistent with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Definitions must include:
  • Socket
  • Misfired hole
  • Shot hole
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The explanation of definitions related to mining excavations is consistent with specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Definitions must include:
  • Shaft
  • Raise
  • Winze
  • Steeply incline
  • Safety pillar
  • Stope
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain legal requirements related to rockbreaking operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The explanation regarding the extraction of pillars and remnants is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The explanation regarding the examination of and declaring a workplace safe is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The explanation regarding the installation, maintenance and removal of support is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The explanation regarding the examination of abandoned workings is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The explanation regarding the prevention of persons inadvertently entering workings that contains gas or water and the prevention of persons falling down steeply inclined areas is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The explanation regarding the prevention of water from entering rock passes is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The explanation regarding the right to withdraw from an unsafe working place is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The explanation regarding a fan stoppage is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The explanation of the employee's duties related to the health and safety of him/herself and others is consistent with specified 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 or will assess 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 candidate will acquire the following knowledge in obtaining this unit standard:
  • Definitions related to rockbreaking activities
  • Definitions relating to mining excavations 

  • 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 candidate to identify, record and deal with hazardous and unhealthy conditions contributes to his/her problem solving skills. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community.
    Note: The ability and willingness of the candidate to accept, interpret and delegate work instructions correctly, when and if required, in an appropriate manner indicates that he/she can work effectively as a team member in the bigger organisational structure. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage himself / herself and his / her activities responsibly and effectively.
    Note: The identification of hazardous and unhealthy conditions, the recording thereof and taking appropriate action will indicate that the candidate can organise and manage activities in his/her working environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to correct for pressure and temperature and to interpret the information obtained and take appropriate action will indicate proficiency in collecting, organising and evaluating 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 candidate to use visual and language skills will indicate his/her effectiveness to communicate information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, thus showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
    Note: The ability of the candidate to select the appropriate detector tube and the correct sampling volume to determine gas concentration indicates that he/she is able to use 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 candidate to identify and refer anomalous behaviour to a specialist confirms his / her understanding of the fact that a specific observation, inference, action or decision may have a devastating effect. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    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 is able to 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, namely appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 244458 which is "Demonstrate an understanding of legal terms and requirements related to rockbreaking operations", Level 3, 5 credits.

    Terminology:

    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 No. 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act No. 50/1991)
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice
  • SABS and other relevant standards
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives
  • Guidelines issued by the Chief Inspector of Mines

    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

    Motivation regarding number of specific outcomes

    Even though there are less than four specific outcomes in this unit standard it represents 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 contexts 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 it 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.

    Unit standard justification

    Level:

    Attribute-Level-Justification
    Skills-1-Limited in range
    Procedures-2-Established and familiar
    Context-2-Routine and familiar
    Knowledge-2-Basic operational
    Information processing-2-Basic processing of readily available information
    Problem solving-2-Known solutions to familiar problems.
    Orientation of activities-1-Directed
    Application of responsibility-2-Under general supervision and quality control
    Orientation of scope of responsibility-1-No responsibility for the work or learning of others

    Average level: 15/9 = 1.66 actual level assigned: 2

    Credits:

    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcome:

    Activity-Hours
    Classroom Teaching-18
    On-The-Job Training-0
    Total-18

    Credits achieved: 18/10 = 1.8 credits credits assigned: 2. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49014   National Certificate: Rockbreaking: Underground Hard Rock  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2007-08-16  Was MQA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  58267   General Education and Training Certificate: Mining and Minerals Processes  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    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. ADCORP TECHNICAL TRAINING (PTY) LTD 
    2. ALLOYS HEAD OFFICE 
    3. ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD (V/R) 
    4. ASSMANG BEESHOEK MINE 
    5. BAFOKENG RASIMONE MANAGEMENT SERVICES PTY LTD 
    6. BANA BA THARI MINING TRADING AND DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY 
    7. BARBERTON MINES (PTY) LTD 
    8. BOKONI PLATINUM MINES (PTY) LTD 
    9. CONCOR PROJECTS PTY LTD 
    10. CULLINAN DIAMOND MINE PTY LTD 
    11. DIGGERS TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES 
    12. ERGO BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY NPC 
    13. EXXARO COAL (PTY) LTD 
    14. FINSCH DIAMOND MINE(PTY) LTD 
    15. FOSKOR (PTY) LTD 
    16. GLENCORE OPERATIONS SOUTH AFRICA PTY LTD 
    17. HARMONY GOLD MINING CO LTD 
    18. IMPALA PLATINUM SERVICES LTD 
    19. KHUTALA MINING SERVICES PL 
    20. KROONDAL OPERATIONS (PTY) LTD 
    21. Kumba Sishen HRD Centre 
    22. LAFARGE SOUTH AFRICA 
    23. LYNAZY RESOURCES 
    24. MATHOME TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (PTY) LTD 
    25. MINERAL MINING TRAINING INSTITUTE(PTY) LTD 
    26. MINTEK 
    27. MURRAY & ROBERTS CEMENTATION (PTY)LTD 
    28. NORTHAM PLATINUM LTD 
    29. PALABORA COPPER (PTY) LTD 
    30. PPC LTD SANDTON OFFICE 
    31. PROGRESSIVE TRAINING DEVELOPMENT AND PROJECTS (PTY) LTD 
    32. RICHARDS BAY MINING PTY LTD 
    33. Rustenburg Platinum Mines - Union Section 
    34. SENZEKO EXECUTIVE RISK CC 
    35. SHAFT SINKERS MINING PTY LTD 
    36. SIBANYE GOLD ACADEMY PROPRIETARY LIMITED 
    37. SIBANYE GOLD LIMITED - BEATRIX DIVISION 
    38. SIBANYE GOLD LIMITED - KLOOF DIVISION 
    39. SIBANYE RUSTENBURG PLATINUM MINES PTY LTD 
    40. SIYANDA BAKGATLA PLATINUM MINE 
    41. TRAIN THE NATION AND ASSOCIATES (PTY) LTD 
    42. VENETIA MINE 
    43. WESTERN CHROME MINES 
    44. WESTERN PLATINUM MINE 



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