SKILLS PROGRAMS

Competent person B

People credited with this skills programme are able to install and maintain any support unit and remove a temporary support unit in Underground Hard Rock Operations in accordance with the Fall of Ground Regulations. Persons must achieve competency in all core unit standards and at least one site-specific unit standard from the unit standards elective to temporary support in order to obtain the skills programme.

Blasting Assistant

People credited with this skills programme are able to assist in blasting operations within the production process in terms of the following activities:

  • The safe receipt, storage, issuing and transportation of explosives (control);

  • The preparation of primers

  • The charging of blast holes with explosives and/or the placing of explosive charges;

  • The timing and connecting up of blasting rounds or circuits, and;

  • The safeguarding of persons against the significant hazards associated with the use of explosives.

Occupational Health and Safety

People credited with this skills programme are able to represent employees on all aspects of occupational health and safety, thereby exercising their rights and powers in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act (Act 29 of 1996) Section 30, as well as identify and report on potential hazards and risks associated to occupational health or safety.

Competent person A

People credited with this skills programme are able to examine and declare a working place safe in accordance with the Fall of Ground Regulations. Persons must achieve competency in all core unit standards and at least one site-specific unit standard from the unit standards elective to temporary support in order to obtain the skills programme.

Rock Drill Operator

People credited with this skills programme are able to drill a variety of holes inclusive of shot holes and support holes required in stoping and developing mining operations in underground hardrock mines

Trackless Mobile Machine Operations

This skills programme is designed to provide qualifying learners with the applied competence to operate trackless mobile machines used in underground mechanized mining operations. The competencies required for the different types of Trackless Mobile Machines differ quite significantly and these are catered for in the elective component of the skills programme. In addition, individual unit standards can be trained and assessed against for a variety of plant and equipment