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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain and apply environmental legal principles, rights, duties and responsibilities to a specific work context 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115591  Explain and apply environmental legal principles, rights, duties and responsibilities to a specific work context 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Society and Environment Interactions 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 07 - Human and Social Studies Environmental Relations 
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 intended to provide learners with a basic understanding of environmental law as well as relevant principles, rights, duties and responsibilities. Learners achieving this Unit Standard will be able to apply knowledge of basic environmental law to their own work context. This competence will enable learners to justify the decisions and actions taken. Learners will also be able to distinguish those actions which might be unreasonable and not within the scope and context of the broad goals of environmental law. Learners will also be able to identify possible non-compliances with the environmental law in the context of their immediate work surroundings, as is required, for example, by the ISO14001 Standard.

The learner will be capable of:
  • Explaining the broad environmental principles, rights, responsibilities and duties of all South African citizens
  • Identifying and describing the roles and functions of institutions that develop and implement environmental law
  • Identifying and describing environmental legal rights, duties and remedies that are relevant to a particular society and environment interaction
  • Apply environmental legal principles and responsibilities to a society and environment interaction problem 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Literacy and communication skills at NQF level 3 or equivalent. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Sustainable development, rehabilitation, environmental justice, gender equality, and as contained for example in the National Environmental Management Act, 1998, Constitution of South Africa Act, 1996, the National Water Act, 1998, the Environment Conservation Act, 1989. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the broad environmental principles, rights, responsibilities and duties of all South African citizens. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The difference between principles, rights, responsibilities and duties is explained, with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Broad environmental law principles are explained with specific examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An overview of the scope of environmental law is explained in relation to different work contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Broad environmental legal rights, responsibilities and duties are explained with reference to different work contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Limits to the environmental rights of individuals and communities are described outlining one's role and responsiblity. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify and describe the roles and functions of institutions that develop and implement environmental law. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Broad processes by which environmental law is developed, and institutions involved in this process, are described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Bodies or structures that administer environmental law are identified and an overview of their roles is provided with reference to different work contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role of courts and quasi-judicial bodies in maintaining environmental law is described in relation to specific cases. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Channels for taking up grievances in terms of environmental law are described with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify and describe environmental legal rights, duties and remedies and options that are relevant to a particular society and environment interaction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate environmental rights and duties are identified and explained in relation to a specific society and environment interaction. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ways in which community activities in relation to a society and environment interaction are broadly compliant with environmental law are described and explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Remedies and options available to individuals or communities affected by a specific society and environment interaction are explained outlining appropriate channels for dealing with the matter. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply environmental legal principles and responsibilities to a specific society and environment interaction problem. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Environmental legal principles and rights are applied to a society and environment interaction problem in a specific community and an appropriate action plan is developed in consultation with community members. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Include time frames.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Responsibilities and duties of the action plan committee are assigned and explained in relation to the society and environment interaction problem. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Appropriate structures and communication channels for dealing with the environment and society interaction problem are identified and investigated accordingly. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The action plan is implemented to deal with the society and environment interaction problem. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The action plan is evaluated in terms of strengths and weakness and lessons learnt for future improvements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Assessment of this Unit Standard should be contextual and practical as far as possible.
  • Assessors must be registered as assessors with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessors, accredited by the relevant ETQA, must have a qualification relating to Society and Environment Interactions or an equivalent qualification at NQF level 5.
  • Moderators must be registered as assessors with the appropriate ETQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the appropriate ETQA.
  • Moderation should include both internal and external moderation where applicable.
  • Training providers must be accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve environmental problems by using critical and creative thinking by utilising broad environmental and legal principles, rights and duties that are applicable. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and evaluate environmental information and identify possible non compliance of environmental law. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using appropriate presentation and facilitation methods. 

    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 
    Assessment Option

    Learners could be assessed using the following methods:
  • Oral or written questions
  • Observation 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48884   Further Education and Training Certificate (FETC): Community Facilitation in Society and Environment Interactions  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30   
    Core  65529   Further Education and Training Certificate: Transport Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  49836   Further Education and Training Certificate: Gender Practice  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 
    Elective  66349   Further Education and Training Certificate: General Forestry  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  FPMSETA 
    Elective  57428   Further Education and Training Certificate: Youth Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Elective  80946   National Certificate: Community Development  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  58394   National Certificate: Film and Television Production  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 
    Elective  90657   National Certificate: Prosecuting  Not Applicable  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    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. ABA Sebenzi 
    2. AVAX SA 481 CC. T/A Mandisa Development Services 
    3. Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking (Pty) Ltd 
    4. CMO Logistics Pty Ltd 
    5. Edu Wize Group Pty Ltd 
    6. FILM Mentorship & Training 
    7. Footprint Media academy Pty ltd 
    8. IQ Skills Academy (PTY) LTD. 
    9. Kgolo Institute 
    10. Lagnita Skills Solutions 
    11. Learning Exchange Pty Ltd 
    12. Legal Environment Safety & Health Requirements cc 
    13. Longata Consultant 
    14. Maqhawe College 
    15. Marcado Human Resources Strategies 
    16. MPACT 
    17. Royal Express 
    18. South African Film Institute 
    19. Training Consultant and SD College 
    20. VCK Training and Technical Services Pty Ltd 
    21. Vhutshilo Health And Training Organisation 
    22. VPK BUSINESS VENTURE C C 



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