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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct soil preparation and transplant rooibos seedlings 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
123159  Conduct soil preparation and transplant rooibos seedlings 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
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:
  • Clear an area for planting.
  • Conduct soil preparation for Rooibos seedlings.
  • Plant and establish Rooibos seedlings.
  • Utilize knowledge of planting seedlings in a variety of crop farming. 

  • 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 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the soil preparation practices that are necessary for the transplanting of Rooibos seedlings. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: scrub removal, grading, ploughing, tilling. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The removal of scrub from the area to be planted is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The reasons for grading a new plantation are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The process of grading the area to be planted is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The reasons for deep ploughing of the planting rows are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The methods of conducting deep ploughing are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The procedures for the tilling of the top soil are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Remove Rooibos seedlings from the nursery and transport these to the prepared area. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: prior watering, undercut the roots, seedling removal procedures, plant handling procedures, storage and transporting procedures, minimise seedling exposure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons for ensuring that the seedlings have been well watered prior to their removal are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The method of undercutting the roots of the seedlings is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Seedlings are removed using industry procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The necessity of minimizing the exposure of the seedlings is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Seedlings are handled according to accepted industry procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The methods of packing and storage of the seedlings for transporting to the plantation are demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the Rooibos planting practices. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: indicate row and plant spacing, excavate planting holes, place seedlings, backfill and firm soil around seedling, ensure soil / stem level is maintained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons why the correct row spacing must be kept to, is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The plant spacing, as per the company's SOPs are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A plant hole is excavated according to industry specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Seedlings are placed in the hole. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The necessity to retain the original soil to stem level is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The soil around the plant is backfilled and firmed according to accepted procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Provide initial care to the young Rooibos plants. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: wind protection, remove weeds, monitor condition of plants. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The provision of adequate wind protection is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The manual removal of weeds is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The monitoring of the plant's condition is described. 


    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 
  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively.
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities. 

  • 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 the correct seedling removal procedures in the nursery.
  • Using the appropriate row spacing for the tilling of the soil. 

  • 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 clearing of scrub and grading of new plantations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Preparing the holes for the planting of the seedlings. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Ensuring that the soil to stem level is maintained during the planting process.
  • Following the correct plant spacing intervals in the planting rows. 

  • 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:
  • Compiling a report on the number of seedlings planted. 

  • 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 importance of protecting the seedlings from the elements in the period between removal from the nursery and planting.
  • Utilising the correct transplanting techniques to ensure a good "take". 

  • 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.
     
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