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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Maintain road networks 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
257175  Maintain road networks 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Nature Conservation 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Nature Conservation 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 aimed at individuals involved in the maintaining of road networks through the operating of road maintenance equipment in a nature conservation area. Learners will obtain an understanding of the relevant legislative requirements of road infrastructure maintenance and will be able to maintain road networks in a safe manner to enhance infrastructure in the area of operation.

The learner will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the legislative constraints and plan for the maintenance of roads in the area of operation.
  • Perform maintenance actions on roads in accordance with maintenance plans.
  • Undertake maintenance on equipment used for maintenance of roads.
  • Identify and report on the factors influencing the maintenance of roads. 

  • 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 3. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of the legislative constraints in planning for the maintenance of roads in the area of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An overview of the legislation and regulations pertaining to the maintenance of different types of roads in conservation areas is given and the relevant constraints identified. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    National, provincial, municipal, Fencing act, Health and Safety, management plan of area of operation, National Environmental Management Act, Environmental Impact Assessments.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Maintenance problems are identified with regard to roads within the area of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A maintenance plan is developed under supervision of the Conservation Manager in order to resolve identified problems with regard to roads within the area of operation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Prioritization of actions, materials, equipment, seasonality, visitor seasonality and usage, resources, basic project management, site preparation, drainage, filling, signage, outsourcing.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Perform maintenance actions on roads in accordance with maintenance plans. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Initiate preparation actions in accordance with accepted maintenance plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Appropriate safety and operating procedures are communicated to staff and implemented on site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A demonstration is given of correct road maintenance techniques and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A demonstration is given of the correct operation of road maintenance equipment relevant to the area of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Maintenance actions are performed and the site cleaned in accordance with the accepted maintenance plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    An inspection is carried out following the completion of a road maintenance project and a maintenance report is completed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Maintain equipment used for roads maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The maintenance of equipment is planned as to ensure the effective maintaining of roads in the operational area. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Servicing schedules, replacement dates, safety checks, consumable requirements, spare parts.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Required interventions are communicated as to ensure the maintaining of equipment used for road maintenance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Maintenance actions are performed according to reported needs and intervention requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Maintaining of tools and equipment, safe-keeping and storage of equipment.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Identify and report on the factors influencing the maintenance of roads. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Factors and trends that contribute toward the degradation of roads relevant to the area of operation, are identified and evaluated. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Fauna usage, erodability of soil types, drainage, microclimates, visitor seasonality and usage, construction materials, geographic factors, cost.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Shortcomings and problem areas are pointed out and suggestions for improvements to future road maintenance interventions and plans are made. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A report is written on the results of the evaluation and submitted as per organisational requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing an individual against this unit standard must meet the assessor requirements of the relevant ETQA. In particular, such assessors must demonstrate that they assess in terms of the scope and context defined in all the range statements. Any institution offering learning towards this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • External moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Identification of types of roads.
  • Appropriate knowledge pertaining to equipment required.
  • Problems in maintenance activities.
  • Identify road maintenance required.
  • Ecology of area.
  • Impact of visitor usage.
  • Causes for degradation.
  • Conservation principles (visual aesthetics, species conservation).
  • Social and economic importance of maintaining roads.
  • Relevant aspects of Team coordination.
  • Relevant reporting procedures.
  • Relevant Legislation: National Environmental Maintenance Act, Traffic Control Act, Road Transportation Act, Fencing Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • Management plan for area of operation.
  • Environmental Impact Assessment.
  • Basic administration and project management. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving:
  • Problem solving is supported in the applying creative thinking. Problems arising during road maintenance activities have to be identified and practical suggestions have to be offered for ways to resolve these. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork.
  • Road maintenance is never the work of a single individual. It is therefore imperative for a conservation worker to develop as a team player, working in collaboration and not in conflict with colleagues. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology:
  • The correct use of technologically advanced road maintenance equipment is an important focus of this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Personal development:

    Practical skills are the focus of this unit standard. Increased responsibility is called for in selecting, handling, operating and maintaining equipment used in road maintenance. 

    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 
    Values:

    Demonstration of the knowledge and skills outlined in this unit standard must be consistent with the principles of:
  • Maintaining essential ecological processes and life-support systems.
  • Maintaining genetic, species and ecosystem diversity.
  • Considering ecological and social rights and responsibilities, whilst ensuring sustainable utilisation of species and ecosystems.
  • The intention is to yield the greatest sustainable and equitable benefit to present generations whilst maintaining the potential to meet the needs and aspirations of future generations.
  • For the operation of certain specialized road maintenance equipment, legal requirements must be met. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  63109   Further Education and Training Certificate: Nature Conservation: Natural Resource Guardianship Terrestrial  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    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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