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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply knowledge of ethical principles, standards and professional conduct in public sector management and administration 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119342  Apply knowledge of ethical principles, standards and professional conduct in public sector management and administration 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Public Administration and Management 
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 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
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 
Learners working towards this standard will be working within a Public Sector environment, specialising in Public Finance Management and Administration, where the acquisition of competence against this standard will add value to one's job. This standard will also add value to public officials who are seeking to develop a career pathway towards becoming an accomplished public finance management and administration specialist.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining the core ethical values and standards which apply to the public sector.
  • Outlining ethical values and standards contained in legislation and codes which have relevance to the conduct of employees in the public sector.
  • Describing areas of ethical conflict for public sector employees.
  • Explaining the importance of ethical values and standards in relation to the public sector workplace.
  • Discussing the relevance of established professional ethics and codes of conduct in public sector administration. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this Unit Standard must be in possession of a Further Education and Training Certificate or equivalent qualification. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the core ethical values and standards which apply to the public sector. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The core public sector ethical values are identified and explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Examples include but are not limited to:
  • Justice.
  • Fairness.
  • Integrity.
  • Responsibility.
  • Openness.
  • Accountability.
  • Stewardship.
  • Competence.

    Evidence of four examples is required.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The reasons for ethical standards in the public sector are identified and explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Examples include but are not limited to:
  • Public expectations.
  • Nature of democratic governance.
  • Need to encourage voluntary compliance.
  • Discretionary powers.
  • Accountability requirements.

    Evidence of three examples is required.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Outline ethical values and standards contained in legislation and codes, which have relevance to the conduct of employees in the public sector. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The values and standards contained in the Regulations applicable to the learner's employer organisation are identified and explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Implied and/or explicit; examples include but are not limited to:
  • Being imbued with the spirit of Batho Pele.
  • Maintaining appropriate standards of integrity and personal responsibility.
  • Concern for the public interest.
  • Being efficient.
  • Respecting the law.

    Evidence of three examples is required.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The main principles contained in the Public Sector Code of Conduct are explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Standards of professionalism and ethical principles are identified in line with Public Sector Code of Conduct. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe areas of ethical conflict for public sector employees. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The areas of ethical conflict between personal and public interests are identified and explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Examples include but are not limited to:
  • Acceptance of gifts.
  • Hospitality, travel or air points.
  • Sponsorship.
  • Secondary employment/moonlighting.
  • Post employment obligations.
  • Disclosure of information.
  • Political activities.
  • Standing for public elections.

    Evidence of three examples is required.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The possible areas of ethical conflict between duty to government of the day and duty to public interest are identified and explained with examples. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Examples include but are not limited to:
  • Non-partisan nature of the public sector.
  • Matters of conscience and duty.
  • Leaking information.
  • Whistle blowing.
  • Identification and reporting on corruptive practices.

    Evidence of two examples is required.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Potential strategies for managing typical conflict are identified and explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain the importance of ethical values and standards in relation to the public sector. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Two case studies reported in the public arena that illustrate the importance of ethical values and standards within public sector administration are identified and an explanation given of the issues involved. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of ethical values and standards within the candidate's own organisation and role within that organisation are identified and explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ethical dilemmas are discussed in relation to the case studies identified. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Discuss relevance of established professional ethics and codes of conduct in the public sector workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role of a membership to a professional certifying body is understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Guidelines that advocate for appropriate practices for specific financial administration are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Standards of ethical conduct for practitioners of public financial management are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Requirements of the disciplinary and grievance code are understood and applied in the workplace. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Discuss the relevance of established professional ethics and codes of conduct in public sector administration. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Codes of conduct within public sector administration relate to but are not limited to all relevant legislation including the PFMA (Public Finance and Management Act) and MFMA (Municipal Finance and Management Act). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Codes of conduct of the public service finance and administration, of the profession and those required in terms of the legislation are understood and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Professional codes of conducted are identified and explained in line with related legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Measures to monitor and evaluate the application of codes of conduct and professional ethics within public sector administration are identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Reporting practices relating to the implementation of codes of conduct and standards of professionalism in relation to public finance management and administration are explained and applied. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Accreditation for this Unit Standard shall be obtained from the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance Body, through summative and formative assessment by a registered assessor.
  • Assessors must be registered as an Assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderators must be registered as assessors with the relevant ETQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Agreement with the relevant ETQA.
  • Training providers must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.

    Moderation should include both internal and external moderation where applicable. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The Statutory Framework:

    A working knowledge of: statute law affecting the provision of public sector services:
  • Public Finance and Management Act or the Municipal Finance Management Act.
  • Preferential Procurement Act.
  • Black Economic Empowerment Act.
  • Labour Relations Act.
  • Basic Conditions of Employment Act.
  • Acts specific to the public sector organisational context of the learner.

    The Organisation:

    A detailed understanding of:
  • Information flows within the organisation.
  • Organisational, external agency and employee requirements for information.
  • Procedures for the security and confidentiality of information.
  • Sources of information for the resolution of discrepancies.
  • Professional codes of conduct within public sector finance and administration.
  • Reporting practices in relation to professional codes of conduct and ethics. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Learners are able to identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking processes to monitor and uphold ethical standards in the public sector. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Learners are able to work ethically and effectively with others as a member of a work team, group, organization or community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Learners are able to organize and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively and to operate ethically in fulfilling their responsibilities. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Learners are able to collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information relevant to upholding and supporting the ethical objectives of the government. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Learners are able to communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion to support the establishment and maintenance of high ethical standards in the public sector. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use science and technology effectively and critically in support of the establishment and maintenance of high ethical standards in government. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of interrelated systems by recognizing that high standards of ethical behaviour are core to the effective and efficient delivery of services to the people of South Africa especially those who are least able to relieve themselves and their communities of the burdens associated with entrapment in the poverty cycle. 

    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
    Core  66869   National Certificate: Home Affairs Services  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 
    Core  67460   National Diploma: Public Administration  Level 6  NQF Level 06  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2020-07-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Fundamental  50438   National Certificate: Immigration Services  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2009-06-29  Was PSETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Fundamental  67467   National Certificate: Municipal Governance  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Fundamental  50060   National Certificate: Public Administration  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 
    Fundamental  57805   National Certificate: Public Sector Employment and Skills Development Practices  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 
    Fundamental  58183   National Diploma: Forensic Pathology Support  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2020-07-30  SAS SETA 
    Fundamental  49554   National Diploma: Public Finance Management and Administration  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2020-07-30  LG SETA 
    Elective  58801   Further Education and Training Certificate: Environmental Noise Practice  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  LG SETA 
    Elective  50122   National Certificate: Policing  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2021-12-31  SAS SETA 
    Elective  58395   National Certificate: Project Management  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SERVICES 


    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. A4 Consultancy CC 
    2. ABA Sebenzi 
    3. Acrodia Investments 
    4. Akhona Skills Fountain and Trading 
    5. All Access Holdings 
    6. Amabamba Recruitment 
    7. Amaqamu Project Management &Consulting 
    8. ARMS - Audit & Risk Management Solutions 
    9. AUBREY NYIKO BUSINESS ENTERPRISES 
    10. AVAX SA 481 CC. T/A Mandisa Development Services 
    11. Bantubanye Skills 
    12. Batho Fela Ordinary People 
    13. Bavuse Trading Enterprises cc 
    14. Better Best Skills Development 
    15. Boland College Head Office 
    16. Boni Africa Events & Development 
    17. Break The Chains Development Services 
    18. Buena Vista Learning Academy 
    19. Capricorn FET College - Polokwane Campus 
    20. CHAMELEON PERFORMANCE IMPROVERS CC 
    21. Change Strategies Consulting Services CC 
    22. Chuma Development Consultants 
    23. Crimsonblu (PTY) LTD 
    24. CTC College(PTY) LTD. 
    25. DAM SCHOOL OF POLICING 
    26. Dean Institute Of Learning (Pty) Ltd 
    27. Dee's Training (PTY) LTD 
    28. Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) 
    29. DITEBOGO CONSULTANCY CC 
    30. E-Login Business Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    31. Edequette Training Institute 
    32. Edutel Public Service Company 
    33. Elangeni College for FET - Inanda Campus 
    34. Elective Training Institute Enterprise CC 
    35. Execuprime Business College (Pty) Ltd 
    36. Express Model 405 
    37. Extribyte (Pty) Ltd 
    38. Free State Training and Development Institute 
    39. FRN Holdings 
    40. GATYANA TRAINING ACADEMY 
    41. Glere Skills and Consultants 
    42. Globalwise Training & Consulting (PTY) Ltd. 
    43. Goldfields FET College - Tosa Campus 
    44. Growth Management Consulting 
    45. Hadima Training Academy 
    46. Hamonate Consulting 
    47. Harvitex cc 
    48. HDPSA GROUP (PTY) LTD 
    49. HS GLOBAL SKILLS BUSINESS SOLUTIONS 
    50. Ikhaya Training and Consulting 
    51. Ilinge Labantu Debt Solution 
    52. Inafrica General Trading Pty LTD 
    53. IQ Skills Academy (PTY) LTD. 
    54. Isipho Equiping (Pty) Ltd 
    55. Jeppe College of Commerce and Computer Studies 
    56. Jobafrik Consulting 
    57. Kamanga Skills Projects 
    58. Kelsey Events and Business Consulting 
    59. Kgolo Institute 
    60. Khabolwazi Pty LTD 
    61. Khoali Education, Training and development consultants 
    62. KHOSITHI TRAINING 
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    64. KMS COLLEGE 
    65. KOKANO PROJECTS PTY LTD 
    66. KYM MANAGEMENT CONSULTING 
    67. LEMARK TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT 
    68. Lephalale FET College - Modimolle Campus 
    69. Letlhogela Business Consulting Pty Ltd 
    70. Letlotlo La Gae (Pty) Ltd 
    71. Lewerb Holdings (PTY) Ltd 
    72. Mabuya Amahle Trading 
    73. Mahayi HRD Services cc 
    74. Makavila Suppliers CC. 
    75. Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) 
    76. Mangalani Business Enterprises 
    77. Marcado Human Resources Strategies 
    78. Mashphe Logistics Services 
    79. Mass Computer Training And Printers 
    80. MATEPE INVESTMENTS (PTY) LTD 
    81. Miczo's Enterprise 
    82. Mission Point Consulting 
    83. Mmalethabo Consulting 
    84. Mortarboard Training Solutions 
    85. Motheo FET College - Bloemfontein Campus 
    86. Motheo Skills Entity 
    87. Mowils Consultants 
    88. Mtk Corporation Solutions 
    89. Mvelaphanda Technologies 
    90. Nemalale Eagles Consultancy CC 
    91. Nhlahle Development Agency 
    92. NJ & L Trading Enterprise CC. 
    93. NOMAKU TRADERS CC 
    94. NORKEM LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE (PTY) LTD 
    95. NS Global Academy 
    96. Outeniqua Leadership Institute 
    97. Pachedu Skills Solutions 
    98. Pachi Global Foundation 
    99. Paseka Business Enterprise 
    100. Pioneer Business Consulting 
    101. Power Rush Trading 170 CC. 
    102. Pro-Active Public Services College (Pty) Ltd 
    103. Pro-African College (PTY) LTD 
    104. PRODIGY BUSINESS SERVICES (PTY) LTD 
    105. Provincial Training Academy Western Cape 
    106. PTDEV (Pty) Ltd 
    107. RAMAZWI SECURITY SERVICES CC 
    108. Reflections Development Institute 
    109. Regen Institute of Leadership and Management Education 
    110. Regenesys School of Public Management 
    111. Saint Colonel Graduate Institute (PTY) Ltd 
    112. SAMDI 
    113. SIMS KHULA TRAINING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT 
    114. SIYANQOBA SEMINARS 
    115. SIZA NESU TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT 
    116. Sizanesu Consulting 
    117. SNAP SOLUTIONS NETWX PTY LTD 
    118. Solstice Networks CC. 
    119. SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE BASIC TRAINING PROVISION INSTITUTION GRAA 
    120. Talent Emporium Academy (PTY) Ltd 
    121. The Crimson CO CC. 
    122. The Department of Home Affairs Learning Centre 
    123. The People Architects 
    124. Thubelihle Graduate Institute 
    125. TIPP SOLUTIONS CC 
    126. Tloumogale Business Development & Consulting 
    127. Trainyoucan 
    128. Tuns Trading and Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    129. Ubuholi Bendabuko Capacity Building (PTY) Ltd 
    130. Ukhozi Consulting Cleaning Services 
    131. Umfolozi FET College - Central Office 
    132. Umgungundlovu FET College 
    133. Umqondo Consultancy 
    134. Unakho Business Solutions 
    135. University of Fort Hare 
    136. University of North West 
    137. University of Pretoria 
    138. University of Venda 
    139. V HERRMANNSEN AND ASSOCIATES CC 
    140. Vhembe FET College - Central Office 
    141. Vhutshilo Health And Training Organisation 
    142. Vicmat Consultants 
    143. Vuselela FET College - Central Office 
    144. Vuselela FET College - Klerksdorp Campus 
    145. VUSHENI LEARNING ACADEMY 
    146. Waterberg FET College - Central Office 
    147. WEINVEST INVESTMENT CC 
    148. Wits University 
    149. Ya Hina Management Consulting and projects 



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