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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Market small-scale mining products 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
421847  Market small-scale mining products 
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 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 working as, or wish to become small-scale miners.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of marketing principles.
  • Market small scale mining products.
  • Comply with legal requirements for marketing precious metals.
  • Comply with legal requirements for marketing 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 a basic understanding of marketing principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of marketing small scale mining products is described according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Objectives of a Marketing Plan with regard ro small scale mining products are discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Structure and contents of a marketing plan for small scale mining products are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Importance of market research to successfully minerals is explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • The Marketing Research Process.
  • Marketing Research Techniques.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Importance of customer liaison in terms of successfull markerting is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Importance of adherence to legislation in terms of small scale mining practices is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Market small scale mining products. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The Marketing plan is developed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The Marketing plan must include:
  • The executive summary.
  • Table of contents.
  • Situational analysis and target market.
  • Marketing objectives.
  • Marketing strategies.
  • Marketing tactics.
  • Schedules and budgets.
  • Financial data and control.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Relavant market research is conducted. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The Market research must include:
  • Analysis.
  • Identification of existing consumers.
  • Identification of existing suppliers to the market.
  • Identification of growth potential of the market.
  • Current pricing structure.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Potential consumers are identified according to the products available. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Products are promoted. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Promotion of products must include:
  • Direct promotion.
  • Advertising.
  • Product branding.
  • Competitive pricing.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Comply with legal requirements of marketing precious metals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The Objectives of the Precious Metals Act, 2005. Act 37 of 2005 are discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Objectives and Functions of the Regulator as envisaged in the abovementioned Act are discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Statutory requirements related to the marketing of precious metals are described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Statutory requirements must include:
  • Prohibitions relating to acquisition, possession or disposal of unwrought precious metals.
  • Prohibitions relating to acquisition, possession or disposal of semi-fabricated precious metals.
  • Issue and renewal of refining licences.
  • Issue and renewal of precious metal beneficiation licences.
  • Export of precious metals.
  • Transportation and conveyance of precious metals.
  • Authorised dealers entitled to buy precious metal in any form.
  • Register of transactions to be kept.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Comply with legal requirements of marketing diamonds. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Statutory requirements related to diamond marketing are described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Kimberley process.
  • Diamond Amendment Act, Act 30 of 2005.
  • Diamond Export Levy Act, Act 15 of 2007.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Requirements pertaining to registered site holders are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Diamond regulator.
  • Registration of site.
  • Authorised personnel.
  • Diamond council.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The state diamond trader and its functions are identified and described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Objectives.
  • Government diamond valuator.
  • Independent valuator.
  • Beneficiators.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Requirements pertaining to the export of diamonds are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Diamond Exchange and Export Centre.
  • Diamond Export Levy Act, Act 15 of 2007.
     


  • 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 items reflect the type of knowledge that the assessor will evaluate:

    Critical factors and functions relating to the operation:
  • Occupational safety, health and risk management requirements.
  • Specified production requirements to be achieved.
  • Specified communication requirements.

    Processes and events:
  • Factors affecting the performance of operation.

    Causes and effects (Occupational safety and health):
  • Use of personal protective equipment.
  • Effective communication.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Methods of collecting and analysing, organising, summarising and presenting data.
  • Quality related procedures.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies and standards:
  • Occupational 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 IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.
    Note:
  • The candidate is able to identify sub-standard products, assess and take appropriate action. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.
    Note:
  • The candidate is willing and able to accept and interpret work instructions correctly. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.
    Note:
  • The candidate is able to indicate what methods and 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 candidate is able to reconcile information 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 persons with regard to the marketing of small-scale mining products will indicate his/her proficiency in effective 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 candidate is able to identify and refer anomalous behaviour, which confirms understanding that a specific observation, inference, action or decision can have a counterproductive effect. 

  • 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:

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

  • 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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