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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain the requirements for the security of diamond gemstones 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259727  Explain the requirements for the security of diamond gemstones 
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 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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
110220  Explain the requirements to issue a licence to mine, deal and/or process diamonds  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is useful for people who are required to possess, handle and account for diamond gemstones in the performance of their duties.

Learners credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Describe the general requirements for safeguarding diamonds in the workplace.
  • Explain the importance and implications of acknowledging receipt of diamond gemstones.
  • Explain the workplace procedures for receiving and issuing of diamonds.
  • Describe the consequences of failing to take due care of diamonds in their possession.

    The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and contribute to the upliftment and economic growth of the mining and minerals sector, particularly in the aspect of beneficiation.

    This unit standard is intended to promote general skills, knowledge and understanding of the diamond processing industry in the mining and minerals sector in order to ensure knowledgeable and informed workers. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • History, structure and operations of the diamond processing industry. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The scope and context applies to the conversion of rough diamond gemstones into cut and polished diamond gemstones for sale into local and international markets. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the general requirements for safeguarding diamonds in the workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The general requirements of the law are described regarding possession of diamonds, licensing of ownership and premises. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Diamonds must include:
  • Rough diamonds.
  • Semi-polished diamonds.
  • Polished diamonds.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    General principles for maintaining security of diamonds in the workplace are explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Security of diamonds must include:
  • Safeguarding of stones.
  • Allocation of stones received to the correct parcels.
  • Possession of stones other than those belonging to the licensee.
  • Unmounted diamond imitations or simulants.
  • The possession and custody of containers in the workplace.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences of deviating from good security practices are described in terms of potential impact on the employment relationship, the well being of the organisation and compliance with the law. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the importance and implications of acknowledging receipt of diamond gemstones. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The significance of acknowledging receipt of diamonds is explained in relation to working relationships, trust relationships and legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The obligations on the person in possession are explained in terms of legislation and workplace rules. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of checking the content of parcels when receiving diamonds is explained in terms of assigned responsibility and traceability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The principles for safeguarding diamonds during possession, processing, breaks from the workplace and referral to others are described in terms of good working practices. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the workplace procedures for receiving and issuing of diamonds. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The procedures for recording the transfer of diamonds are described in terms of workplace specific security systems and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The practices for short term security of diamonds during processing are described in terms of the workplace specific security system and requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The procedures for dealing with missing diamonds are explained in terms of workplace specific security system and requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Missing diamonds must include:
  • Stone down.
  • Lost stone.
  • Switched stone.
  • Empty parcel.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Practices and individual responsibilities to safeguard diamonds during the processing of polishing are described in terms of workplace specific practices. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe the consequences of failing to take due care of diamonds in their possession. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The workplace specific procedures for dealing with missing stones are described in terms of entry and departure of workplaces, searches and individual accountability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The respective rights of employee and employer are described in terms of right of search, the right to privacy, protection under the law and sound industrial relations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The implications for non-compliance with the workplace specific security procedures are explained in terms of personal liability, collective liability, industrial relations implications and application of condition in the employment contract. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The criminal consequences of deviations from the law and procedures are described in terms of the right to prosecute parties who do not comply with workplace specific procedures. 


    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 with 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 embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:

    Knowledge relating to the structure of the industry:
  • Understanding the importance of a secure and trustworthy industry for customer confidence.
  • Understanding the role-players and their responsibilities in the supply chain.

    Legislative and structural environment:
  • Understanding the legal and self-regulatory aspects of trading in diamonds.
  • Realising the requirements of law regarding possession of diamonds.
  • Understanding the importance of management control over diamonds in the context of the law.

    Compliance:
  • Adherence to security protocols.
  • Personal liability for non-compliance.
  • Employer's right to search.
  • Employee's protection through procedure. 

  • 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 learner to identify the significance of non-compliance and the mechanisms to overcome such situations 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 learner to interact with colleagues and the employer to ensure security of diamonds. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note: The ability of the learner to collect and collate information in order to understand and explain the requirements of the law and good practice in dealing with diamond gemstones. 

    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 learner to understand the importance of diamond security in grasping the effective operation of the industry. 

    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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 110220, "Explain the requirements to issue a licence to mine, deal and/or process diamonds", Level 3, 8 credits.

    Terminology:

    Specified Requirements:

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

    Legal:
  • The Bargaining Council for the Diamond Cutting Industry Main Agreement.
  • Regulations of the Diamonds Act, No 56 of 1986, as amended.
  • Kimberley process.
  • Minerals Act, No 50 of 1991.
  • The glossary of terms about the terminology of the industry issued by the Bargaining Council for the Diamond Cutting Industry.

    Site-Specific:
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Working Guides, tariff agreements, policies and procedures. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  64249   Further Education and Training Certificate: Diamond Design and Evaluation  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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