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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Take charge of and drive a trackless mobile machine in an underground mine 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
254577  Take charge of and drive a trackless mobile machine in an underground mine 
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 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 
This unit standard will be useful to people who have the responsibility to take charge of and drive a non-articulated vehicle in an underground mine.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Give an explanation regarding the requirements to take charge of and drive a trackless mobile machine in an underground mine.
  • Prepare to take charge of and drive a trackless mobile machine in an underground mine.
  • Take charge of and drive a trackless mobile machine in an underground mine.
  • Perform post-driving operations.

    The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard contribute to social and economic transformation and the upliftment and economic growth of the mining and minerals sector by taking charge of and drive a non-articulated vehicle in an underground workplace as part of the mining process.

    This unit standard is intended to promote general skills; knowledge and understanding of persons responsible for the taking charge of and drive a non-articulated vehicle in the mining and minerals sector in order to ensure knowledgeable, competent and informed workers. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 1.
  • Unit Standard "Follow basic health and safety practices underground", ID: 244445.
  • Unit Standard "Extinguish a fire by means of a portable fire extinguisher", ID: 244448. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the requirements to take charge of and drive a trackless mobile machine in an underground mine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The risks associated with workplace hazards pertaining to taking charge of and driving a trackless mobile machine in an underground mine are explained according to operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Unsafe support conditions.
  • Unsafe ground conditions.
  • Roadway conditions.
  • Inclinations.
  • Environmental conditions.
  • Confined areas.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The risks associated with work-related hazards pertaining to taking charge of and driving a trackless mobile machine in an underground mine are explained according to operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Interaction between men and machinery.
  • Operating in proximity of obstructions.
  • Fire to equipment.
  • Diesel fumes/Idling times.
  • Failure of operating mechanisms and safety equipment.
  • Traffic Control.
  • Flammable substances.
  • Manipulation of controls.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The basic knowledge of operator maintenance pertaining to taking charge of and driving a trackless mobile machine in an underground mine is explained according to legal and operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Hydraulics.
  • Power train.
  • Fuel systems.
  • Cooling system.
  • Maintenance and care of wheels.
  • Lubrication.
  • Auto Electrical Systems.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The basic principles related to taking charge of and driving a trackless mobile machine in an underground mine are explained in accordance with operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Monitoring of instruments/gauges/safety systems.
  • Brake testing.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare to take charge of and drive a trackless mobile machine in an underground mine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A check is carried out to ensure that the required personal protective equipment is available, operational and fit for purpose. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The required personal protective equipment is in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The required tools, material and equipment are fit for purpose, operational and transported to the designated areas according to specified requirements in terms of safety, securing and positioning. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The workplace is examined and workplace hazards are dealt with according to operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Unsafe support conditions.
  • Unsafe ground conditions.
  • Roadway conditions.
  • Inclinations.
  • Environmental conditions.
  • Confined areas.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The pre-use checklist on the trackless mobile machine is completed according to operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    All defects are dealt with according to operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The consequences of not adhering to specified requirements when preparing to take charge of and drive a trackless mobile machine in an underground mine are explained in terms of impact on safety, health and production. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Selection, examination and transportation of tools, material and equipment.
  • Area examination and workplace hazards.
  • Pre-use checklist.
  • Deal with defects.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Take charge of and drive a trackless mobile machine in an underground mine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The trackless mobile machine is operated and controlled according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Ergonomic principles.
  • Manipulation of controls.
  • Precautions taken to prevent injuries and property damage.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Work related hazards are dealt with according to specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Interaction between men and machinery.
  • Operating in proximity of obstructions.
  • Fire to equipment.
  • Diesel fumes/Idling times.
  • Failure of operating mechanisms and safety equipment.
  • Traffic Control.
  • Flammable substances.
  • Manipulation of controls.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Interpersonal interaction is carried out in a manner that is positive, consistent with specified requirements and promotes effective teamwork. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The consequences of not adhering to specified requirements when taking charge of and drive a trackless mobile machine in an underground mine are explained in terms of impact on safety, occupational health and production. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Operation and control.
  • Use of tools and equipment.
  • Work related hazards.
  • Interpersonal interaction.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform post-driving operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tools and equipment are prepared and stored for subsequent use and those defective are dealt with according to specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Reports are completed and submitted according to operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Lock out procedures are adhered to in accordance with legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The consequences of not adhering to specified requirements when performing post-driving operations are explained in terms of impact on safety, health and production. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Storage of tools and equipment.
  • Reports.
  • Lockout.
     


  • 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 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. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Hazards and associated risks.
  • The basic knowledge of operator maintenance pertaining to trackless mobile machine.
  • The basic principles to take charge of trackless mobile machine in underground mine.
  • Conducting pre use chect on trackless mobile machine.
  • Principles of operating and controlling trackless mobile machine.
  • Legal and site-specific requirements. 

  • 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 sub-standard and hazardous conditions, assess and take appropriate action. 

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

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.
  • Note: The ability of the candidate to indicate what methods, tools and personal protective equipment is required and communicate to fellow workers his/her intentions and assistance required. 

  • 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 personnel with regard to the reporting of hazards and sub-standard conditions 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 ability of the candidate to understand how correct or incorrect following of the driving process influences the broader process of mining. 

  • 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, 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.

    Site Specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Voluntary Codes of Practice.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Mine Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks.
  • Working Guides.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications of 1993. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  58739   National Certificate: Mining Operations for Underground Hard Rock  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. AVENG (AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 
    2. BANA BA THARI MINING TRADING AND DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY 
    3. BARBERTON MINES (PTY) LTD 
    4. BOKONI PLATINUM MINES (PTY) LTD 
    5. BOOYSENDAL PLATINUM (PTY) LTD 
    6. CONCOR PROJECTS PTY LTD 
    7. DIGGERS TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES 
    8. EASTERN CROME MINES SAMANCOR 
    9. FOSKOR (PTY) LTD 
    10. HARMONY GOLD MINING CO LTD 
    11. HOTAZEL MANGANESE MINES (PTY) LTD 
    12. KROONDAL OPERATIONS (PTY) LTD 
    13. MANCAS CONSULTINGS CC 
    14. MARULA PLATINUM PTY LTD 
    15. MATHOME TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (PTY) LTD 
    16. MVUSULUDZO PROJECTS (PTY) LTD 
    17. NORTHAM PLATINUM LTD 
    18. PALABORA COPPER (PTY) LTD 
    19. SIBANYE GOLD ACADEMY PROPRIETARY LIMITED 
    20. SIBANYE RUSTENBURG PLATINUM MINES PTY LTD 
    21. VENETIA MINE 
    22. WESTERN PLATINUM MINE 



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