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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Assess gully stability under different geotechnical conditions 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
254582  Assess gully stability under different geotechnical conditions 
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 
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 
This unit standard will be useful for people who are pursuing a career in Rock Engineering.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Prepare for gully condition assessment.
  • Conduct a gully condition assessment.
  • Record and report the assessment results.
  • Analyse the assessment process in terms of applicable hazards.

    This unit standard is intended to promote general skills and understanding of the interaction between rock strength, stress and fracturing in the mining and minerals sector in order to ensure knowledgeable and informed workers. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Prepare for gully condition assessment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The appropriate mine standards, procedures and practices are listed and explained with respect to gullies. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Gully layout (dimension, position, siding).
  • Drilling and blasting practice (rounds, explosives).
  • Cleaning practices (scraping, snatching).
  • Support (types, quality, spacing).
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Equipment to assess gully stability is listed and checked to be in working order in terms of operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Camera.
  • Tape.
  • Distometer.
  • Note book and pen.
  • Clino rule.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The working place to be assessed is determined in terms of operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Permission to visit the planned working place is obtained in terms of operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Document formats are prepared for the assessment of the working place in terms of mine specific requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Conduct a gully condition assessment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The method of investigation of a gully is explained and demonstrated in terms of operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Observation.
  • Measurement.
  • Recording of data.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The systematic assessment of gully related hazards is explained and demonstrated in terms of legal and operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Route.
  • Support.
  • Mining practices.
  • Dimensions.
  • Rock conditions.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Data is recorded in accordance with mine specific format. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The consequences of incorrect assessment practice are explained in terms of effect on people and operations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Record and report the assessment results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Assessment data is recorded in a mine specific format. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Assessment data is reported according to mine practices and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Action to be taken is recorded after discussion with appropriate personnel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Action taken on assessment results is followed up in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Analyse the assessment process in terms of applicable hazards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Hazards and risks pertaining to the assessment process are identified and explained with reference to team occupational health, occupational safety and occupational environmental impact. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The appropriate preventive measures to ameliorate the risks associated with the hazards are described in accordance with specified requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against the qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the associated unit standards.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Preparation.
  • Gully condition assessment.
  • Record and report the assessment results.
  • Use of equipment.
  • Use of personal protective equipment.
  • Adherence to safety requirements.
  • Work related hazards and associated risks.
  • Safety, 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 WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.
  • Note: The ability and willingness of the candidate to explain that well planned and executed assessments are instrumental in ensuring the team's safety. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to plan and execute the assessment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to observe and evaluate standards or conditions in an attempt to improve the safety of the team. 

  • 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 other personnel to assist their understanding of the risk of gully conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
  • Note: The use of science and technology is promoted through the use of modern measuring and recording devices. 

  • 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 understanding of the effect of diligent gully assessments on the safety of workers confirms. 

  • 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 
    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 and Regulations, 1996 (Act 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act 50/1991).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SANS and other relevant Standards.
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives/Instructions.
  • Guidelines issued by the Chief Inspector of Mines.

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

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  60369   National Certificate: Strata Control Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  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. DIGGERS TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES 
    2. PALABORA COPPER (PTY) LTD 
    3. SIBANYE GOLD ACADEMY PROPRIETARY LIMITED 
    4. WESTERN PLATINUM MINE 



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