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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Establish and maintain community involvement with a small-scale mining operation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
421846  Establish and maintain community involvement with a small-scale mining operation 
ORIGINATOR
QCTO Task Team - Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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 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 Production Supervisors in small scale mining.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a social and labour plan as required by the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act, Act 28 of 2002.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the community consultation with respect to the contents of the social and labour plan.
  • Develop the social and labour plan.
  • Implement the social and labour plan. 

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

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a social and labour plan as required by the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act, Act 28 of 2002. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The objectives of a social and labour plan are discussed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Operating budgets.
  • Income statements.
  • Expenditure statements.
  • Balance sheets
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The submission requirements for a social and labour plan are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Cash flow projections.
  • Costing methodology.
  • Pricing policies.
  • Break-even and sensitivity analysis.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The applicability of the proposed social and labour plan is discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The required amendments to a social and labour plan are discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The reporting requirements for a social and labour plan are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the community consultation process with regard to the contents of the social and labour plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The requirements regarding the preamble of the social and labour plan are discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The requirements pertaining to the human resources development programme are described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Skills development plan.
  • Career progression plan.
  • Mentorship plan.
  • Internship and bursary plan.
  • Employment equity plan.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The development of a local economic development programme is discussed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include the:
  • Social and economic background of the area.
  • Key economic activities of the area.
  • Impact that the mine would have in the local and surrounding communities.
  • Infrastructure and poverty eradication projects.
  • Measures to address the housing and living conditions of the mine employees.
  • Measures to address the nutrition of the mine employees.
  • Procurement progression plan.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The processes pertaining to the management of down scaling and retrenchment are described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • The establishment of a future forum.
  • Mechanisms to save jobs and avoid job losses.
  • Mechanisms to provide job security.
  • Mechanisms to mitigate the social and economic impact where retrenchment or closure of the mine is certain.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The processes to provide financially for the implementation of the social and labour plan are described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Human resource development programme.
  • Local economic development programmes.
  • Processes to manage downscaling and retrenchment.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Develop the social and labour plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Consultations with the community are carried out. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Interested and affected parties.
  • Community organisations.
  • Community leaders.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A labour plan is developed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Staffing policies.
  • Recruitment policies.
  • Human resources development policies.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A plan to assist local economic development is discussed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include the:
  • Social and economic background of the area.
  • Key economic activities of the area.
  • Impact that the mine would have in the local and sending communities.
  • Infrastructure and poverty eradication projects.
  • Measures to address the housing and living conditions of the mine employees.
  • Measures to address the nutrition of the mine employees.
  • Procurement progression plan.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The geologist and prospecting reports are explained in precise terms. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Implement the social and labour plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Financial provision is made for the implementation of the social and labour plan. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range must include:
  • Human resource development programme.
  • Local economic development programmes.
  • Processes to manage downscaling and retrenchment.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An undertaking is obtained from the holder of the mining right that compliance with the social and labour plan will be maintained and made known to all the employees. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The plan to assist local economic development is implemented. 


    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 small scale mining:
  • Relevant legal and statutory requirements.
  • Business knowledge.
  • The economic system.
  • Interpretation of financial data.
  • Interpretation of geological data.
  • Management systems.
  • Marketing planning.
  • Interpretation of a marketing strategy. 

  • 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 learner is willing and able to be part of a team and to participate constructively in achieving team goals and objectives in the processes of developing a business plan for a small scale mine. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
    Note:
  • The learner shows appreciation for the role of modern technology as used in the small scale mining context and shows a positive orientation towards such technology. 

  • 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 learner participates in the interactions of numerous role players involved in upstream, downstream and parallel processes as required for developing a business plan for a small scale mine. 

  • 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 
    Specified Requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:
    Legal:
  • Understanding of relevant Acts and Regulations:
  • Mine Health and Safety Act-1996.
  • Labour Relations Act -1995.
  • Basic Conditions of Employment Act -1998.

    Site specific:
  • Relevant Company policies and procedures.
  • Mine policies and procedures.
  • Codes of Practice.
  • Human Resources specific labour functions. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    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: 
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