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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of the wool and mohair fibre industry 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
123144  Demonstrate an understanding of the wool and mohair fibre industry 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Secondary Agriculture 
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 
A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Create an awareness of the importance that the wool and mohair fibre industry plays in the agricultural community.
  • Understand the industry's contribution to export earnings for South Africa.
  • Identify the major role players and supply chains within the industry.
  • Recognise the career paths and the vocational opportunities that are available in the industry. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the history of the wool and mohair fibre industry in South Africa. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: Industry origins, breed development, exports, professional brokerage, auctions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The origins of the wool and mohair fibre industry in SA are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The development of the various wool and mohair bearing breeds are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The growth of the wool and mohair export industry in SA is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The development of the professional wool and mohair brokerage industry is detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The impact that advances in wool and mohair handling technology have made on the fibre industry is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe the supply chain in the South African wool and mohair industry. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: farmers, shearing, initial classing, pressing and baling, transport, professional brokerage, marketing and auctioning, local textiles, export, processing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role of the farmer in the wool and mohair industry supply chain is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The shearing process for wool and mohair are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The reasons for the initial classing of wool and mohair are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The reasons for the pressing and baling of wool and mohair are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The various methods of transporting wool and mohair are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The role that the professional brokerages play in the wool and mohair industry supply chain is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The procedures for marketing and auctioning of wool and mohair are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The usage of wool and mohair in the local textiles industry is detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The procedures for exporting of wool and mohair are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    The typical procedures that are used in processing wool and mohair are described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the economic importance of the wool and mohair industry to South Africa. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: employment opportunities, maintaining rural communities, reduce reliance on imports, foreign exchange earnings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The employment opportunities in the wool and mohair industry are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The benefits that result from the exporting of wool and mohair are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of the wool and mohair industry in the preservation and maintenance of rural communities is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The positive role that the wool and mohair industry has in reducing the reliance on imports is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify the role players and career paths in the South African wool and mohair fibre industry. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to: commercial farmers, transport companies, brokers, processors, textile manufacturers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role players in the wool and mohair fibre industry are detailed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The possible career paths in the wool and mohair farming sector are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The relationship between farmers and shearers and the opportunities for career advancements are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The various vocations and career paths within the wool and mohair processing sector are explained. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • 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 must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected in the Assessment Criteria for each Specific Outcome. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made by:
  • Applying knowledge of the structure of the wool and mohair industry.
  • Ensuring that their tasks are fulfilled within the of the company's aims and the industries objectives. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner is able to work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or communities by:
  • Understanding the role of the various players in the supply chain.
  • Participating to ensure the standard is achieved for export markets.
  • Communicating the need to sustain rural communities through the wool industry. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Understanding their role within the industry.
  • Applying knowledge of the possible career path to advance themselves. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Understanding the reasons for wool classification.
  • Recognising the careers available to employees in the wool industry.
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation by:
  • Relaying information to peers or associates on the importance of the industry. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
  • Understanding the processes through which wool and mohair fibre are subjected.
  • Understanding the industry supply chain and their role in the processing of the fibre. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts.
  • Exploring education and career opportunities.
  • Developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The learner is able to contribute to the full personal development of themselves and the social and economic development of the society at large.
  • Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

  • 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 
    The learner:
  • Is expected to perform the specific outcomes reflected in this unit standard without direct supervision.
  • Should have access to work site procedures.
  • Should demonstrate an application of ethics and values.
  • Must apply basic principles of general safety and customer care.
  • Should demonstrate an awareness of the expectations and obligations of basic employee/employer relations including industrial relations principles.

    At this level the communication / reporting of issues arising in the workplace, is embedded in the specific outcomes and the related assessment criteria.

    It is understood that, due to the nature of the work environment and the skills level of the learner, that the aspects of teamwork form an integral part of the necessary specific outcomes and related assessment criteria.

    The points included under the notes, should be included when the qualifying learners are being assessed. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  50228   National Certificate: Wool and Mohair Handling  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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