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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct Rooibos harvesting 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
123162  Conduct Rooibos harvesting 
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:
  • Recognise the correct time to harvest young and mature Rooibos.
  • Apply hygiene practices when harvesting.
  • Apply Rooibos harvesting techniques.
  • Utilize knowledge of harvesting on a Rooibos Production farm. 

  • 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 
    Apply safety principles and practices when harvesting. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: safety procedures, PPC ( Personal Protective Clothing ), PPE ( Personal Protective Equipment ), chemical handling practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The correct PPC to be worn when harvesting is detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of using the appropriate PPE is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The safe use of the cutting equipment is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The safety procedures that must be adhered to when working with hazardous chemicals are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Show an understanding of the hygiene practices that are necessary when harvesting. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: Contamination of raw product; physical, chemical, biological, sanitation, sterilization of equipment, cleaning of bushel bags. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons for sanitizing all the equipment and tools that are used in the harvesting process are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The possible sources of contamination that the harvested Rooibos may be subjected to, are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The various methods of sanitizing the harvesting equipment are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The procedures for the sterilizing of the cutting equipment are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The procedures for the sanitizing of a Bushel bag are demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe the conditions that influence the timing of the Rooibos harvesting. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: harvesting season, plant maturity, harvesting sequence, chemical residual periods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The months when mature Rooibos is normally harvested are listed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of timing the harvesting with the advent of the plant's maturity is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The sequence in which the mature and young Rooibos are harvested is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of harvesting after the residual period of the pesticide / herbicide has elapsed, is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The consequences of harvesting Rooibos during the chemical residual period are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The residual periods for the most commonly used pesticides are detailed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the practices and techniques that are employed in the harvesting of Rooibos. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: cutting techniques, proportion of bush harvested, filling of bushel bags, handling of bushel bags, weighing of bushel bags, stacking procedures, transporting procedures, record keeping. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The cutting techniques used in harvesting Rooibos are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The proportion of the bush that is harvested is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The procedures for the filling of a bushel bag with the Rooibos cuttings are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The procedures for the handling of Rooibos bushel bags are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The procedures for the weighing of bushel bags are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The procedures for the stacking and storage of bound bushel bags are demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The precautions that must be taken to ensure that the Rooibos is not contaminated in transporting are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The procedures for the recording of the bushel bag weights and area yields are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Show an understanding of the post harvesting pest control practices. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: Reasons for post harvest treatment, Identify pests, apply pesticide, monitor the presence of pests. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons for conducting post harvesting pest control are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Examples of the pests that most commonly affect Rooibos plantations are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The various methods of applying pesticides are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The procedures for the monitoring of the Rooibos plant for the presence of pests 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 the correct hygiene practices when harvesting Rooibos.
  • Using the appropriate PPC and PPE when harvesting. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner is able to work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or communities by:
  • Participate with others in the harvesting of Rooibos.
  • Assist fellow workers in the loading and unloading of the harvested Rooibos from the trailers. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Following the harvesting procedures, according to the stage of maturity of the Rooibos.
  • Loading the bushel bags with the harvested Rooibos. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Quantifying the yield per area.
  • Recording the bushel bag weights.
  • 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:
  • Compiling a report on the bushel bag weights and area yields.
  • Relaying information on the type of pests encountered during harvesting and the degree of infestation. 

  • 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 preventing pungent weeds from contaminating the harvested Rooibos.
  • Recognising the need to conduct post harvest pest control. 

  • 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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