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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Diamonds Act and understanding of the Minerals Act in relation to diamonds 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
259817  Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Diamonds Act and understanding of the Minerals Act in relation to diamonds 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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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
110212  Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Diamonds Act and understanding of the Minerals Act in relation to diamonds  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is useful for people who are required to have a working knowledge of the statutory governance of the diamond industry.

Learners credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Describe the main features of the Diamonds Act.
  • Explain the requirements of the Diamonds Act regarding country of origin of diamonds.
  • Explain the requirements of the Diamonds Act regarding processing of diamond gemstones.
  • Explain the requirements of the Diamonds Act regarding trade in diamonds.
  • Describe the main features of the Minerals Act.
  • Explain the requirements of the Minerals Act regarding diamonds.

    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 processing of diamond gemstones 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.
  • Working knowledge relates to the day to application of the requirements and regulations of the legislation, without necessarily meeting the interpretations that a legal practitioner may apply. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the main features of the Diamonds Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The Diamonds Act, as amended, and the regulations thereto are described in terms of its scope, purpose and application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    New developments relating to the legislation are described with reference to their potential impact on possession, processing and trading in diamonds. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The main provisions of the Diamonds Act are explained with reference to the appropriate sections of the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The implications of the Diamonds Act in relation to the extraction, possession, processing and trade in diamonds is outlined with reference to the appropriate sections and regulations of the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The consequences of non-compliance with the provisions of the Act are described in terms of legislation and penalties that can be imposed under the Act. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the requirements of the Diamonds Act regarding country of origin of diamonds. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The requirements of the Act are described relating to proof of country of origin, possession and ownership of diamonds. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The practices in the industry are related to the requirements of the Act regarding proof of country of origin, possession and ownership of diamonds. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The regulations of the SA Diamond Board in the control over ownership and country of origin of diamonds are explained, and the requisite documentation is identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The respective local and international licensing or certification requirements are explained, with particular reference to the Kimberley Process. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the requirements of the Diamonds Act regarding processing of diamond gemstones. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The requirements of the Act are described relating to cutting and processing of diamonds. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The requirements for holding a cutting licence are described with relation to the criteria of the issuing authority. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The restrictions on processing activities are described with reference to the appropriate regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The respective licensing or certification requirements are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain the requirements of the Diamonds Act regarding trade in diamonds. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The requirements of the Act are described relating to trade in diamonds. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The requirements for licences for importing and exporting diamonds are described with relation to the criteria of the issuing authority. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The restrictions on importing and exporting diamonds are described with reference to the appropriate regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The processes for deferments for temporary export licences are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The respective licensing or certification requirements are explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Describe the main features of the Minerals Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The Minerals Act, as amended, is described in terms of its scope, purpose and application. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    New developments relating to the legislation are described with reference to their potential impact on prospecting, possession and processing of diamonds. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The main provisions of the Minerals Act are explained with reference to the appropriate sections of the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The consequences of non-compliance with the provisions of the Act are described in terms of legislation and penalties that can be imposed under the Act. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Explain the requirements of the Minerals Act regarding diamonds. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The requirements of the Act are described relating to prospecting, possession and production of diamonds. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The practices in the industry are related to the requirements of the Act regarding prospecting, possession and production of diamonds. 


    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 application of laws:
  • Reason for establishing laws.
  • Identification of different features of the legislation.
  • Relevant terminology.
  • Implications of non-conformances, their consequences and mitigating actions.

    Security of diamonds:
  • Realising the requirements of the law relating to legal trading and possession of diamonds.
  • Codes of practice for issue, handling and safeguarding of diamonds.
  • Eliminating the infiltration of illegal/conflict diamonds into the industry.
  • Upholding the security of diamonds.

    Communication:
  • Reporting requirements and ability.
  • Communicating with relevant personnel.
  • Liaison with associated operations and personnel. 

  • 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 understand the requirements of the Acts and apply them to commercial activity requires critical and creative thinking to solve problems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.
  • Note: The ability of the learner to communicate the requirements of the Acts indicates the ability to work effectively as a team member within the scope of the industry. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.
  • Note: The distinction between the different sections of the legislation and their application in the workplace requires the learner to organise and manage activities in the work environment. 

  • 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 learner to explain the intricacies of the Acts and relate them to the commercial applications of the industry indicates the learner's ability to communicate effectively through visual and language skills. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
  • Note: The interpretation of the Acts and their importance in preserving the mineral wealth of the nations demonstrates the critical use of science and technology in the processing of information and the safeguarding of the material, the environment, fellow workers and oneself. 

  • 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 identifying the potential hazards in the semi-processed gemstone in relationship to the ultimate value to the end user. 

  • 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 110212, "Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Diamonds Act and understanding of the Minerals Act in relation to 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.
  • The Occupational Health and Safety Act, No 85 of 1993.
  • SABS and other accredited standards and quality assurance measures.
  • The glossary of terms about the terminology of the industry issued by the Bargaining Council for the Diamond Cutting Industry.

    Site-Specific:
  • Workplace rules and procedures regarding the issue and custody of diamonds and equipment.
  • Occupational Health and Safety risk management programme.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • User manuals supplied by equipment manufacturers.
  • Working Guides, tariff agreements, policies and procedures.
  • Equipment and materials specifications. 

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


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