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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Demonstrate an understanding of the historical, political, social and economic realities of South Africa 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114846  Demonstrate an understanding of the historical, political, social and economic realities of South Africa 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Diplomacy, Protocol and Foreign Affairs Assist 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Sovereignty of the State 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2007-06-26  2008-11-26  SAQA 0160/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2009-11-26   2012-11-26  

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 is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
259982  Demonstrate understanding of the historical, political, social and economic realities of South Africa  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard has as its core purpose, qualifying learners who will demonstrate an understanding of the historical, political, social and economic realities of South Africa. They will demonstrate a clear understanding of how the government functions and take note of the South African domestic policies.

The qualifying learner will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the structure of the South African government.
  • Explain the history of the achievement of democracy in South Africa.
  • Describe the Government policy on social and economic issues.
  • Explain the current social and economic realities of South Africa.
  • Describe the cultural diversity of South Africa. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this qualification are assumed to have completed a Level 4 qualification or RPL equivalent. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the structure of the South African Government. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concept of what constitutes a government is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The structure, role and functioning of the Government at national, provincial and local level is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The SA Constitution is discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The role of the Constitutional Court is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The tabling of new legislation and decision-making processes is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the history of the achievement of democracy in South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role of the Liberation and Mass Democratic Movement is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The events that led to the unbanning of political movements are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role played by individuals to negotiate change, is discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Major historic decisions and events are highlighted and explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe the Government policy on social and economic issues. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Government policy on land reform is discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The economic policy is explained within the context of poverty alleviation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Government policy on immigration, emigration, legal and illegal immigrants is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Equity policies are explained within the context of job creation and transformation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The Education policy and other social policies are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain the current social and economic realities of South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The impact of current Government policies on the social and economic development in South Africa is discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The global reaction to the political, social and economic conditions in South Africa, is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Partnerships between Government, NGOs, business and civil society are identified and reviewed for effectiveness. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    On site visits to Crises Centres and prisons are undertaken and observations reported. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The SA Aids pandemic and government Aids programmes are discussed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Explain the cultural diversity of South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The diverse cultures of SA are identified and their unique characteristics described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Racial stereotypes are identified and initiatives to assign equal status to all discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The main religious events of different cultures are documented and acknowledged. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The Human Rights and Equity policies are evaluated for the role they play in recognizing the right to equal treatment of all citizens. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Strategies to fight discriminatory practice are planned. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this unit standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the ETQA's discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • The concept of what constitutes a government
  • National, provincial and local government structure
  • The SA Constitution
  • Tabling of new legislation and decision-making processes
  • History of SA
  • The role of the Liberation and Mass Democratic Movement
  • The unbanning of political movements
  • The role of individuals in negotiating change
  • Major historic decisions and events
  • Government Social and Economic Policies
  • Global reaction to the political, social and economic conditions in SA
  • Government immigration/emigration/legal and illegal immigrants policies
  • Government Education policy
  • Government policy on land reform
  • Issues pertaining to Human Rights, moral regeneration, violence against women and children
  • Partnerships between Government, NGOs, business and civil society
  • The SA Aids pandemic and assistance programmes
  • The cultures of South Africa
  • The various religious groups in SA
  • Human Rights and Equity Policy 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in presenting the best interest of South Africa. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, evaluate, organise and valuate information pertaining to the realities of SA. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively in presentation of relevant information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems to acquire best possible understanding of the SA realities. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 259982, which is "Demonstrate understanding of the historical, political, social and economic realities of South Africa", Level 5, 5 credits.

    Assessment methods and integrated assessment

    Ensure that assessment covers the specific outcomes, the critical cross-field outcomes and the essential embedded knowledge. Assessment activities should be appropriate to the context and tools may include self-assessment, peer assessment, formative and summative assessment.

    A range of assessment methods should be used, including direct observation, product sample, simulation, questioning (verbal or written) and testimony (portfolio collection of evidence).

    Integrated assessment: It may be more effective and efficient to assess a numberof unit standards together thus reducing the number of assessment "events". Ensure that the commonalities that exist between a number of unit
    standards are integrate in a way that makes sense for assessment.

    Supplementary Information

    Activity No. Hours
  • Lectures 50
  • Experiential Learning 10
  • Self-directed learning 30
  • Skills coaching 10
  • Other
    Total 100 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48761   National Certificate: Mission Administration  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2020-07-30  PSETA 
    Core  49598   National Diploma: Paralegal Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Core  49055   National Certificate: Foreign Economic Representation  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2023-06-30  PSETA 
    Elective  58783   National Certificate: Warship Command and Control  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    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.