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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Propagate rooibos from seed 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
123154  Propagate rooibos from seed 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Secondary Agriculture 
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
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 
A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Prepare the seedbed for sowing.
  • Sow Rooibos seed manually.
  • Monitor the germination of the Rooibos seeds.
  • Utilize knowledge of Rooibos seed sowing in a farm nursery. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the selection and preparation of a seedbed for the sowing of Rooibos seeds. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: site selection for seedbeds, ideal soil type, soil preparation, tiling of soil, installation of irrigation, solar sterilizing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of selecting the correct site for the establishment of seedbeds is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The factors to consider in the selection of a suitable location for the seedbeds are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The ideal soil type in which Rooibos seeds should be sown, is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The need for the addition of soil improvements / organics is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The processes for conducting the soil preparation are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The correct procedures for tilling and grading the seedbed are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The type of sprinkler irrigation that is suitable for the watering of the seedbeds is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The procedures for the installation of the irrigation are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The necessity for the sterilization of seedbeds prior to sowing is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    The procedures for the solar sterilization of the seedbeds are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Sow Rooibos seeds manually in prepared seedbeds. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: seed sowing density, planting depth, batch labelling, separation of varieties. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of sowing seeds at the correct spacing or density is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The method of sowing the Rooibos seed as per the company Standard Operating Procedures is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The reasons for applying a soil cover over the Rooibos seeds are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The application of the soil cover is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The importance of separating the various cultivars / varieties is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The reasons for labelling each batch / seedbed are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply water to the seedbeds after sowing. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: droplet size, rate of precipitation, field capacity, irrigation timing, manual watering, volume of water, litres per square meter. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of applying small droplets to the seedbeds when watering is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of attaining the correct soil moisture content is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The necessity of calculating / measuring the rate of precipitation of the irrigation is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The time required to achieve field capacity in the upper soil profile of the seedbed whilst irrigating is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The operation of the irrigation is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The methods of manually applying water to a seedbed are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The volume of water to be manually applied to a seedbed is quantified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The methods of applying water, to ensure that seed displacement will be prevented, are demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Maintain the seedbed environment and monitor the germination process. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: Humidity, light, air movement, frequency of watering, growth of the radical. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The factors that affect the rate of germination are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The factors that affect the frequency of watering are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of monitoring the development of the radical is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The procedures for examining the growth of the radical are demonstrated. 


    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 must be accredited as a provider through 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 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected in the assessment criteria for each specific outcome and must be assed in its own right, through oral and written evidence. Observation cannot be the only assessment. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made by:
  • Applying knowledge of the seedbed requirements for the selection of a suitable location. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner is able to work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or communities by:
  • Participating with others in the tilling and grading of the seedbeds. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Preparing the soil for seed sowing.
  • Monitoring the development of the radical.
  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Measuring the rate of precipitation of the irrigation.
  • Labelling the batches of sown seedbeds.
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation by:
  • Reporting on the germination rate and the status of the seedlings.
  • Compiling a report, detailing the dates on which each batch was sown. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
  • Understanding the environmental factors that affect the germination of a Rooibos seed.
  • Recognising the importance of maintaining the correct soil moisture content for the development of a seedling. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
  • Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The learner is able to contribute to the full personal development of themselves and the social and economic development of the society at large.
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts.
  • Exploring education and career opportunities.
  • Developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

  • 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 
    The Learner:
  • Is expected to perform the specific outcomes reflected in this unit standard without direct supervision.
  • Should have access to work site procedures.
  • Should demonstrate an application of ethics and values.
  • Must apply basic principles of general safety and customer care.
  • Should demonstrate an awareness of the expectations and obligations of basic employee/employer relations including industrial relations principles.

    At this level the communication / reporting of issues arising in the workplace, is embedded in the specific outcomes and the related assessment criteria.

    It is understood that, due to the nature of the work environment and the skills level of the Learner, that the aspects of teamwork form an integral part of the necessary specific outcomes and related assessment criteria.

    The points included under the notes, should be included when the qualifying Learners are being assessed. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  50227   National Certificate: Rooibos Production  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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 



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