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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Plan, organise, lead and control activities 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244449  Plan, organise, lead and control activities 
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 3  NQF Level 03  10 
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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
116664  Plan, organise, lead and control activities in the mining operations process  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will be useful to people who have to manage the daily cyclic mining activities required within an underground workplace.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Plan activities.
  • Organise activities.
  • Lead activities.
  • Control activities.

    The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard contribute to social and economic transformation and the upliftment and economic growth of the mining and minerals sector by being competent to manage the daily cyclic mining activities required within an underground workplace as part of the mining process.

    This unit standard is intended to promote general skills, knowledge and understanding of persons responsible for the daily cyclic mining activities in the mining and minerals sector in order to ensure knowledgeable, competent and informed workers. 

  • 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:
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of business principles at NQF Level 2.
  • Work with diverse groups in the workplace at NQF Level 2.
  • Read and interpret survey underground plans (Basic knowledge) at NQF Level 2.
  • Experience in the technical processes of daily mining operations within an underground workplace at NQF Level 2.
  • Measure, plot and interpret area measurements within a workplace to achieve production targets at NQF Level 2. 

  • 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 
    Plan activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The principles of a planning process are explained according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Principles must include:
  • Objectives.
  • Feasibility.
  • Task scheduling.
  • Time scheduling.
  • Resources.
  • Contingency.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The planning for production targets is according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The planning for material and equipment is according to specified requirements in terms of types, sizes and quantities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The planning for the placement of people is according to specified requirements in terms of numbers and competencies. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Organise activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The principles of an organising process are explained according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Principles must include:
  • Placement of labour.
  • Allocation of material.
  • Allocation of tools, machinery and equipment.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Material and equipment are available in the workplace according to specified requirements in terms of quantities, types, sizes, working conditions and placement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    People are placed in the workplace according to specified requirements in terms of numbers and competencies. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Lead activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The principles and techniques of leading are explained according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Principles of authority.
  • Principles of responsibility.
  • Principles of accountability.
  • Facilitation principles and techniques.
  • Principles of empowering.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The principles of motivation within the rock breaking process are applied according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Rewarding.
  • Recognition.
  • Encouragement.
  • Fostering team work.
  • Participation in decisions.
  • Lead by example.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Conflicts are handled according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Problems are solved according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Methods applied to improve work performance and quality of work is according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Methods must include:
  • Coaching.
  • Mentoring.
  • Proper job instruction.
  • Verbal warning.
  • Counselling.
  • Disciplinary action.
  • Feedback and communication.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Control activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The principles of a controlling process are explained according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Principles must include:
  • Setting standards.
  • Measuring performance.
  • Evaluating performance.
  • Corrective action.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The monitoring of daily production and safety targets and action required, in terms of remedial action, feedback or correction, to ensure targets are met is consistent with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Wastage is controlled according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Consumables.
  • Tools, materials and equipment.
  • Time and man-hour loss.
     


  • 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 by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Definitions of and concepts behind planning, organising, leading and controlling.

    Processes and events:
  • Key elements of the planning, organising, leading and controlling processes.
  • Analysis processes.
  • Problem solving and evaluation processes.
  • Work performance processes.

    Causes and effects, implications of:
  • Hazards and risks not dealt with.
  • Sub-standard work practices.
  • Sub-standard use of tools and equipment.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Problem solving techniques.
  • Motivational techniques.
  • Process management techniques.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • Safety, occupational health and environmental legislation and regulations.
  • Quality policies, standards and agreements. 

  • 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 learner to handle conflict situations and apply problem solving techniques. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.

    Note: The ability of the learner to place personnel effectively and the ability to apply methods of improving work performance. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note: The ability of the learner to indicate what methods, tools and personal protective equipment is required and communicate to fellow workers his/her intentions and assistance required. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Note: The ability of the learner to reconcile the information from visual and physical examinations and constantly evaluate the changing situation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations.

    Note: The appropriate communication with the relevant personnel with regard to the reporting of hazards and sub-standard conditions will indicate his/her proficiency in effective communication. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and occupational health of others.

    Note: The learner demonstrates an understanding of and ability to use advanced mining technology in terms of production, safety and communication. 

    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 learner to measure and evaluate performance and to apply the required corrective action over a broad spectrum. 

    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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 116664, "Plan, organise, lead and control activities in the mining operations process", Level 3, 10 credits.

    Terminology:

    Specified Requirements:

    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.
  • SANS and other relevant Standards.
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives.

    Site Specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Voluntary Codes of Practice.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Mine Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks.
  • Working Guides.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications of 1993.

    Notes to Assessors:

    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, 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 learner 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 learner can 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: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, direct, authentic, sufficient, systematic, open and consistent.

    Unit Standard Justification:

    Level:

    Attribute; Level; Justification:
  • Skills; Level 3; Well-developed range.
  • Procedures; Level 4; Considerable choice but choices are known and standard.
  • Context; Level 3; The learner knows all contexts that the process occurs in but a variety and range of contexts occur.
  • Knowledge; Level 3; Relevant theoretical knowledge is required to be fully competent.
  • Information processing; Level 3; Interpretation of available information.
  • Problem Solving; Level 3; A range of known responses to familiar problems, base on limited discretion and judgement.
  • Orientation of activities; Level 3; Directed, with some autonomy.
  • Application of responsibility; Level 3; Under general supervision quality checking.
  • Orientation of scope of responsibility; Level 3; Significant responsibility for the quantity and quality of output, and responsibility for the output of others.

    Average Level: 28/9 = 3.1.
    Actual Level Assigned: 3.

    Credits:

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

    Activity: Hours:
  • Classroom Teaching: Hours 60.
  • On-The-Job Training: Hours 35.
  • Mentoring required: Hours 0.
  • Other (Specify): Hours 0.
  • Total: Hours 95.

    Credits Achieved: 95/10 = 9.5.
    Actual Credits Assigned: 10. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58739   National Certificate: Mining Operations for Underground Hard Rock  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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. Anglo American Platinum Amendelbult Concentrators 
    4. ASSMANG (PTY) LTD 
    5. AVENG (AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 
    6. BARBERTON MINES (PTY) LTD 
    7. COLLIERY TRAINING COLLEGE (PTY) LTD 
    8. CONCOR PROJECTS PTY LTD 
    9. CULLINAN DIAMOND MINE PTY LTD 
    10. DIGGERS TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES 
    11. DWARSRIVER CHROME MINE (PTY) LTD 
    12. EASTERN CHROME MINES 
    13. EASTERN CROME MINES SAMANCOR 
    14. FINSCH DIAMOND MINE(PTY) LTD 
    15. FOSKOR (PTY) LTD 
    16. FRASER ALEXANDER PTY LTD 
    17. GEOSTRAT TRAINING 
    18. KHUTALA MINING SERVICES PL 
    19. KROONDAL OPERATIONS (PTY) LTD 
    20. MANCAS CONSULTINGS CC 
    21. MARULA PLATINUM PTY LTD 
    22. MATHOME TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (PTY) LTD 
    23. MINERAL MINING TRAINING INSTITUTE(PTY) LTD 
    24. MODIKWA MINING PERSONNEL SERVICES PTY L TD 
    25. MOOLMAN BROS CONST CO PTY 
    26. NKOMATI JOINT VENTURE 
    27. NORTHAM PLATINUM LTD 
    28. PALABORA COPPER (PTY) LTD 
    29. PRISMA TRAINING SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 
    30. RICHARDS BAY MINING PTY LTD 
    31. Rustenburg Platinum Mines - Union Section 
    32. SAFETY TRAINING PRACTITIONERS PTY LTD 
    33. SAMANCOR CHROME LTD 
    34. SAN CONTRACTING SERVICES (PTY) LTD 
    35. SASOL GLOBAL LEARNING 
    36. SENZEKO EXECUTIVE RISK CC 
    37. SHAFT SINKERS MINING PTY LTD 
    38. SIBANYE GOLD ACADEMY PROPRIETARY LIMITED 
    39. SIBANYE RUSTENBURG PLATINUM MINES PTY LTD 
    40. SIYANDA BAKGATLA PLATINUM MINE 
    41. TAU LEKOA GOLD MINING COMPANY (PTY) LTD 
    42. TECHNOLOGY RISK SOLUTIONS (PTY)LTD 
    43. TRAIN THE NATION AND ASSOCIATES (PTY) LTD 
    44. TRITON TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (PTY) LTD 
    45. TWO RIVERS PLATINUM (PTY) LTD 
    46. VENETIA MINE 
    47. WESTERN CHROME MINES 
    48. WESTERN PLATINUM MINE 
    49. XTRACT TRAINING SERVICES CC 



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