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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate an understanding of the stratigraphy of the economic zones within the relevant economic deposit 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
254494  Demonstrate an understanding of the stratigraphy of the economic zones within the relevant economic deposit 
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 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 is for persons who work or intend to work within a mining and minerals context. Persons credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of the location and history of the relevant economic deposit.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the economic importance of the relevant economic deposit.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the stratigraphy of the economic zones within the relevant economic deposit.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between the relevant economic deposit and similar deposits within South Africa. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2.
  • Knowledge of rock types at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard covers the demonstration of an understanding pertaining to the location of the relevant economic deposit, its economic significance and the stratigraphy of the economic zones within the economic deposit.

    It is intended that the learner should be able to demonstrate the understanding of the stratigraphy of the economic zone of the relevant economic deposit.

    Must include one relevant deposit from a specific commodity type:
  • Gold Deposits:
    > Free State Gold Field.
    > Klerksdorp Gold Field.
    > Carletonville Gold Field.
    > West Rand Gold Field.
    > Central Rand Gold Field.
    > East Rand Gold Field.
    > Evander Gold Field.
    > Barberton Greenstone Belt.
    > Murchison Greenstone Belt.
  • Coal Deposits:
    > Witbank Coal Field.
    > Springbok Coal Field.
    > Natal Coal Field.
    > Molteno Coal Field.
    > Ellisras Coal Field.
    > Free State Coal Field
  • Layered Igneous Intrusives:
    > Western Bushveld Complex.
    > Eastern Bushveld Complex.
    > Northern Bushveld Complex.
    > Rooiberg Tin Field.
  • Alkaline Magmatic Deposits:
    > Phalaborwa District.
  • Kimberlite Deposit.
  • Metaliferous Iron and Manganese Deposits:
    > Sishen Deposit.
    > Kalahari Deposit.
  • Heavy Mineral Deposits:
    > Alluvial Deposit.
    > Marine Deposit.
    > Coastal Deposit.
  • Oil and Gas Reservoirs:
    > Mesozoic Basins. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate understanding of the location and history of the relevant economic deposit in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The geographical position of the economic deposit is defined in the mining context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The history of the prospecting and mining activities within the economic deposit is discussed in the mining context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The historical importance of the economic deposit is explained in the mining context. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate understanding of the economic importance of the relevant economic deposit in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The principal economic commodities exploited are identified within the economic deposit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of the deposit is explained in the mining economic context. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Government.
  • Industry.
  • Labour.
  • Local community.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The significance of the various products from the deposit is discussed in the mining economic context. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate understanding of the stratigraphy of the economic zones within the relevant economic deposit in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The economic horizons within the deposit are identified in the mining economic context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The stratigraphic units associated with the economic horizons are identified within the context of the economic deposit. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Footwall units.
  • Hanging wall units.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The lithologies comprising the economic zones within the economic deposit are identified in the mining economic context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The relationships between the various economic zones within the economic deposit are explained in the mining economic context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The economic commodities associated with the individual economic zones within the economic deposit are identified in the mining context. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between the relevant economic deposit and similar deposits within South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The location of similar economic deposits within South Africa are identified in the mining context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The relationship between the relevant economic deposit and the other similar economic deposits within South Africa are identified and described in the mining economic context. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    The following accreditation and/or moderation options are available to an individual wishing to be assessed:
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against the qualification 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 qualification 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. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the associated unit standards.
  • 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 ETQA.
  • Guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • The principal characteristics of economic zones within the economic deposit.
  • The relationship between the relevant economic deposit and similar deposits within South Africa. 

  • 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 ability of the candidate to identify characteristics of individual economic zones contributes to his/her problem solving ability. 

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

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to integrate geological 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.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to reconcile the data from various sources will indicate the candidate's proficiency in effective communication. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
  • Note: The analysis of the geological data pertaining to the various economic zones described will indicate the candidates understanding of science and 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 ability of the candidate to understand the relationship between individual economic zones and similar but distinct economic deposits will contribute to their understanding of the whole world. 

  • 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:
  • Relevant Acts: e.g. Mine Health & Safety Act and Regulations, 1996 (Act no 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act no 50/1991).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SANS and other relevant Standards.
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives and instructions.
  • Guidelines issued by the Chief Inspector of Mines.

    Site Specific:
  • Training manuals.
  • Education manuals, including geological text books.
  • Geological illustrations. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  60349   National Certificate: Mining Technical Support  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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. CADDIS TRADING CC 
    2. MATHOME TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (PTY) LTD 
    3. PALABORA COPPER (PTY) LTD 



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