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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate the ability to understand and promote the implementation of rock-related mining standards as a strata control function 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
254588  Demonstrate the ability to understand and promote the implementation of rock-related mining standards as a strata control function 
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 is intended to promote general skills, knowledge and understanding of people who are pursuing a career in rock engineering.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of the need for rock-related mine standards.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the origin of rock-related mine standards.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of strata control reasons for mine-specific rock-related standards.
  • Promote the rock-related mine standards as a strata control function. 

  • 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 Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate understanding of the need for rock-related mine standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Mine-specific rock-related standards are listed in terms of a strata control function. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Stope support.
  • Tunnel support.
  • Mining layout.
  • Mining sequence.
  • Pillar sizes and spans.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The consequences of not having rock-related mine standards are explained in terms of the impact on people and mine infrastructure. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the origin of rock-related mine standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The formation of standards based on various accidents and incidents is explained in the context of a strata control function. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Analysis of accidents.
  • Analysis of seismic incidents.
  • Analysis of ground deterioration incidents.
  • Analysis of fall of ground incidents.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The selection of mine-specific support types and spacing through rock engineering design methods is explained in terms of a strata control. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Support resistance.
  • Energy absorption.
  • Beam building.
  • Suspension.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of identifying pro-active rock-related mining standards is explained in terms of a strata control function. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate understanding of strata control reasons for mine-specific rock-related standards. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Mine-specific support standards are explained in terms of strata control concepts. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Both side support of weak side of geological structure.
  • Support spacings.
  • Support to face span.
  • Pre-stressing of support units.
  • Construction/installation quality.
  • Material quality.
  • Bolt lengths.
  • Bolt diameters.
  • ASG support types.
  • Panel support types.
  • Pillar sizes and spans.
  • Support in large spans.
  • Support width: height ratio.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Other mine-specific support standards are explained in terms of strata control concepts. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Mining sequence.
  • Mine layout.
  • Excavation size.
  • Excavation shape.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Promote the rock-related mine standards as a strata control function. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The mine-specific rock-related standards are explained and promoted to a fellow worker in terms of the strata control function. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Standard is quoted.
  • Standard is drawn.
  • Standard is explained.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Non-standard conditions in the mining environment are identified and applicable standards reinforced in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences of not promoting the rock-related mine standards are explained in terms of impact on people, mining infrastructure and productivity. 


    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 
  • Safety, health and environmental legislation and regulations.
  • Rock-related standards.
  • The consequences of not having rock-related mine standards.
  • The origin of rock-related mine standards.
  • Strata control reasons for mine-specific rock-related standards.
  • 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 understanding of the need to create rock-related standards to address varying mining conditions confirms. 

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

    Note: The ability to explain and promote rock-related standards to fellow workers confirms. 

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

    Note: The ability to identify non-standard conditions and promote the standard requirements confirms. 

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

    Note: The ability of the candidate to understand the impact of non-standard conditions on excavation stability and the need for standard installations confirms. 

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

    Note: The demonstration of understanding using neat, simple sketches and clear verbal explanation confirms. 

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

    Note: The use of strata control concepts to explain rock-related standards confirms. 

    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 knowledge that acceptance of non-standard conditions have an impact on the safety of others and that identification and promotion of applicable rock-related standards is essential to ensure worker safety 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, 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/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
    Core  60369   National Certificate: Strata Control Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 
    Core  90655   National Certificate: Small Scale Mining  Not Applicable  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. GEOSTRAT TRAINING 
    3. KHUTALA MINING SERVICES PL 
    4. LEGAL ROCK 
    5. PALABORA COPPER (PTY) LTD 
    6. SAFETY TRAINING PRACTITIONERS PTY LTD 
    7. SASOL GLOBAL LEARNING 
    8. SHAFT SINKERS MINING PTY LTD 
    9. SIBANYE GOLD ACADEMY PROPRIETARY LIMITED 
    10. WESTERN PLATINUM MINE 
    11. XTRACT TRAINING SERVICES CC 



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