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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the history of diamond mining 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
421845  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the history of diamond mining 
ORIGINATOR
QCTO Task Team - 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 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 
This unit standard will be useful to people who are entering into small scale diamond mining, as well as people who are currently working in this field and who need a formal qualification. This unit standard will contribute to the formalisation of this sub-sector.

Persons credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the international history of diamond mining.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Southern African diamond industry.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of conflict diamonds and the Kimberley process.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of industrial and gem stone diamonds. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 2.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of the international history of diamond mining. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The discovering of diamonds is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The history of diamond trading in the 15th century is explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Portuguese trade route.
  • Indian trade route.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The entrance of Southern Africa in to diamond mining is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate knowledge of the Southern African diamond industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The history of the South African diamond industry is explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Discovery of diamonds (1866).
  • The diamond rush.
  • Formalisation of the sector.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The current situation in the diamond industry in South African is explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • World ranking in diamond production.
  • Formal and informal sectors.
  • Small scale mining.
  • Junior mining.
  • Marketing.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The factors influencing diamond mining in South Africa are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Mining rights/permits.
  • Economics.
  • Marketing.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The areas where diamonds are found in South Africa are named. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include the Provinces of:
  • Northwest.
  • Freestate.
  • Northern Cape.
  • Limpopo.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate knowledge of conflict diamonds and the Kimberley process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Relavant terminology is explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Conflict diamonds.
  • The Kimberley process.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The origins of conflict diamonds are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Sierra Leone.
  • Angola.
  • Other areas.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The Kimberley Process is explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Inception.
  • Objectives.
  • Implementation.
  • Application.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate knowledge of industrial and gemstone diamonds. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The identification of industrial diamonds is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The application of industrial diamonds is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The identification of gemstone diamonds is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The application of gem stonediamonds is explained. 


    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 QCTO Quality Assurance Partner (QAP).
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant QAP.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant QAP according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed QAP procedures.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless the QAP policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the associated unit standard/s.
  • 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 QAP. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge will be assessed in an integrated way in the context of the unit standard.

    Critical factors relating to the history of diamond mining:
  • Legal and specified requirements.

    Regulations, legislation, policies and standards relating to the history of diamond mining:
  • Legislation and regulations.
  • Standards and Codes of Practice.

    Knowledge of conflict diamonds and the Kimberley process.

    Knowledge of industrial and gemstone diamonds. 

  • 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 a member of a team, group, organisation or community.
    Note:
  • The learner understands the importance of and promotes effective working by adhering to team protocols and actively supporting fellow team members. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage himself/herself and his/her activities responsibly effectively.
    Note:
  • The learner is able to work in accordance with relevant procedures small-scale diamond mining. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
    Note:
  • The learner is able to collect and interpret historical information. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems.
    Note:
  • The learner understands conflict diamonds and the Kimberley process. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Terminology

    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 and Safety Act, 1996 (Act 29/1996) and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act 50/1991).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SANS and other relevant Standards.

    Site-Specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  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.
     
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    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.