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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Understand the kinds of minerals and related products mined in the South Africa Mining & Minerals Sector and their importance to both the local stakeholders and within the global arena 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
243777  Understand the kinds of minerals and related products mined in the South Africa Mining & Minerals Sector and their importance to both the local stakeholders and within the global arena 
ORIGINATOR
SGB 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 1  NQF Level 01 
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 work or intend to work within a mining and minerals context. These persons seek to acquire recognition in the essential knowledge and understanding pertaining to the kinds of mineral found in South Africa, their beneficiation, and importance to local stakeholders and within the global arena.

Persons credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of the typical minerals found in South Africa.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of the importance of the minerals to stakeholders in South Africa.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of the international importance of the South African Minerals Industry. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Numeracy and literacy skills equivalent to an ABET Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of the typical minerals found in South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The fundamental characteristics of a typical economic mineral are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The fundamental characteristics of a typical economic deposit are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The principal minerals mined in South Africa are identified. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Precious minerals eg. Gold, Platinum, Group Minerals and Diamond etc.
  • Base minerals eg. Chrome, Iron, Zinc, Tin, Manganese and Copper etc.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The principal uses of the major minerals mined in South Africa are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The principal minerals mined within South Africa and the end products produced are identified. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Precious minerals eg. Gold, Platinum, Group Minerals and Diamond etc.
  • Base/Industrial metals eg. Chrome, Iron, Zinc, Tin, Manganese and Copper etc.
  • Coal.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of the importance of the SA Mining & Minerals to stakeholders in South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of the South African Mining & Minerals industry to the local economy is explained through a description of its contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and exports and impact on imports. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of individual minerals within the South African Mining & Minerals industry is explained through a description of their contribution to the total minerals industry, GDP and exports. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Precious minerals eg. Gold, Platinum, Group Minerals and Diamond etc.
  • Base minerals eg. Chrome, Iron, Zinc, Tin, Manganese and Copper etc.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of the international importance of the South African minerals industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of the South African minerals industry to the world is explained through a description of the contribution of individual minerals to global production. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Precious minerals eg. Gold, Platinum, Group Minerals and Diamond etc.
  • Base minerals eg. Chrome, Iron, Zinc, Tin, Manganese and Copper etc.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of the South African minerals industry to the world is explained through a description of the contribution of individual minerals to the global reserve. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Precious minerals eg. Gold, Platinum, Group Minerals and Diamond etc.
  • Base minerals eg. Chrome, Iron, Zinc, Tin, Manganese and Copper etc.
     


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or by an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following items reflect the type of knowledge that the assessor will evaluate.

    Knowledge and understanding of:
  • Fundamental characteristics of typical economic minerals.
  • Fundamental characteristics of a typical economic deposit.
  • The principal minerals mined in South Africa.
  • The principal uses of the major minerals mined in South Africa.
  • The principal minerals mined within South Africa and the end products produced.

    Importance of South African Mining and Minerals sector to the South African stakeholders:
  • Contribution to the local economy.
  • GDP.
  • Exports.

    The international importance of the South African minerals industry:
  • Description of the contribution of individual minerals to global production.
  • Description of the contribution of individual minerals to the global reserve. 

  • 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:
  • The ability of the candidate to analyse the statistics pertaining to the South African minerals industry contributes to his/her problem solving ability. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community:
  • The ability of the candidate to acknowledge the interrelationship between the minerals industry and beneficiation indicates that he/she can work effectively as a team member in the bigger organisational structure. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively:
  • The ability of the candidate to integrate the geological and mineral production data indicates that the candidate can organise and manage activities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information:
  • The ability of the candidate to integrate geological and mineral production data will enhance the learner's proficiency to collect, analyse, organise and evaluate information. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations:
  • The ability of the candidate to reconcile data from different sources will indicate the candidate's proficiency in effective communication. 

  • 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 
    Terminology.

    Specified requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal:
  • Minerals Act and Regulations 50/1991.
  • Mine Health and Safety Act 29/1996.

    Site Specific:
  • Managerial instructions, including work instructions.
  • Codes of practice.
  • Standard task procedures.
  • Risk assessment documentation.
  • Working guides.
  • Training manuals.
  • Education manuals, including geological textbooks.
  • Geology maps. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58267   General Education and Training Certificate: Mining and Minerals Processes  Level 1  NQF Level 01  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.
     
    1. BANA BA THARI MINING TRADING AND DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY 
    2. BARBERTON MINES (PTY) LTD 
    3. BOKONI PLATINUM MINES (PTY) LTD 
    4. ERGO BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY NPC 
    5. FOSKOR (PTY) LTD 
    6. HARMONY GOLD MINING CO LTD 
    7. KROONDAL OPERATIONS (PTY) LTD 
    8. MARULA PLATINUM PTY LTD 
    9. MATHOME TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (PTY) LTD 
    10. NORTHAM PLATINUM LTD 
    11. PALABORA COPPER (PTY) LTD 
    12. SIBANYE GOLD ACADEMY PROPRIETARY LIMITED 
    13. SIBANYE GOLD LIMITED - BEATRIX DIVISION 
    14. SIBANYE GOLD LIMITED - KLOOF DIVISION 
    15. SIBANYE RUSTENBURG PLATINUM MINES PTY LTD 
    16. VENETIA MINE 
    17. WESTERN PLATINUM MINE 



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