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Ecological rehabilitation and mine closure
Historic practices at many mining, industrial and even local authority facilities are causing the contamination of land and the pollution of surface and groundwater resources. Remediation, including industrial land rehabilitation and mine closure, has become an important requirement of South African environmental legislation. The failure to timeously implement reasonable measures for remediation not only carries legal liabilities but also poses a risk to share prices and the public image of a company. It has therefore become essential to determine and implement rehabilitation measures that will successfully address potential pollution problems in the mining sector in a sustainable manner

Purpose of the course:

The purpose of this short course is to acquaint managers and operational personnel with the principles, legal requirements and implications, relevant technical aspects, approaches, plans, problems and solutions related to rehabilitation and mine closure. A practical programme forms an integral part of the course and consists of a site visit, case studies and a panel discussion with recognised experts and representatives of the relevant government departments, as well as the submission of a practical assignment.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
A Grade 12 certificate as a minimum A basic knowledge of soil, ecology, biodiversity and land management will be beneficial for this course.
Learning assumed to be in place: 
Grade 12 or NQF level 4 competencies

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit

Outcomes

Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
 
1 Scope of knowledge and knowledge literacy:-
A detailed knowledge and understanding of - 
• key terminologies, concepts, principles and technical aspects of the basic sciences relevant to ecological rehabilitation, including geochemistry, soil science, vegetation dynamics etc.
• the concepts, contents and practical implications of statutory requirements related to rehabilitation and mine closure, as well as the associated liabilities, including the legal and financial implications of such requirements, 
• problems and approaches related to ecological rehabilitation; and
• how knowledge of ecological rehabilitation relate to applicable knowledge within the fields of Environmental Management.
 1 Scope of knowledge and knowledge literacy:-
Demonstrated ability to:
• use and explain key terminologies, concepts, principles and technical aspects, of the basic sciences relevant to ecological rehabilitation, including geochemistry, soil science, vegetation dynamics, etc. correctly;
• use and explain the concepts, contents and practical implications of statutory requirements related to rehabilitation and mine closure, as well as the associated liabilities, including the legal and financial implications of such requirements;
• identify and discuss problems and approaches related to ecological rehabilitation; and
• indicate how ecological rehabilitation relates to Environmental Management in general and mine closure specifically.
 
2 Method and procedure:-
The ability to correctly select, evaluate and effectively implement and apply rehabilitation options, with recommended methodologies and approaches.
2.  Method and procedure:-
Demonstrated ability to actively design, develop and/or propose rehabilitation methods, techniques or approaches to ecological rehabilitation.
 
3.  Problem solving:-
The ability to identify rehabilitation-related problems in unfamiliar contexts and propose holistic solutions in order to address the challenges of ecological rehabilitation.
3.  Problem solving:-
Demonstrated ability to, within an unfamiliar context:
• identify and discuss the problems that can be expected during rehabilitation; and
• propose holistic solutions to address the challenges of ecological rehabilitation.
 
4.  Ethics and professional practice:-
An understanding of the ethical implications of decisions, actions and practices specifically relevant to Environmental Management, in accordance with the principles of sustainable development.
4.  Ethics and professional practice:-
Demonstrated ability to formulate own ethical perspectives on selected environmental scenarios.
 
5.  Accessing, processing and managing information:-
The basic research skills, such as gathering and verifying information from various sources provided, analysing and summarising key aspects and using the information to implement recommended methodologies and approaches.
5.  Accessing, processing and managing information:-
Demonstrated ability to utilise the resources provided to extract, analyse, summarise and/or apply the relevant information to solve the problems posed in the practical exercises.
 
6.  Producing and communicating information:-
The ability to develop and present accurate and coherent written and verbal information as a portfolio of evidence.
6.  Producing and communicating information:-
Demonstrated ability to effectively record and present diverse information generated as part of practical exercises in a written and verbal format.
 
7. Context and systems/ processes:-
The ability to understand how the learning material offered in this course relate to contexts, other systems and/or processes and the interactions between these, to make decisions and act appropriately in familiar and new contexts;
8.  Management of learning;-
The ability to act as group member and/or a group leader to successfully complete the practical exercises and taking co-responsibility for learning progress and outcome realisation of the group; and
9.  Accountability:-
The ability to monitor own learning progress, and apply relevant learning strategies and resources to successfully realise all outcomes of this course. 
7.  Context and systems/ processes:-
• Demonstrated ability to indicate how ecological rehabilitation relates to mine closure; and
• Demonstrated understanding of how ecological rehabilitation and mine closure supports sustainable development;
8.  Management of learning:-
Demonstrated ability to actively participate in group work and contribute to successfully completing practical exercises; AND
9.  Accountability:-
Demonstrated ability to achieve the learning objectives in an effective and expeditious manner.

 

Assessment: 
Participants will receive a Certificate of Successful Completion when: Attendance: A minimum attendance of 80% is required for the duration of the course. Continuous Participant Assessment: Participants are continuously assessed on a daily basis. The Daily Assessment Score (DAS) is based on an assessment of presence, punctuality and achievement of course objectives. The DAS scores for every day are added up to form the Total Daily Assessment Score (TDAS). Assessment of Practical Work: Participation in and the achievement of the objectives of the practical work are also assessed and a practical assessment score is awarded for syndicate group work. Participation in and the achievement of the objectives of the practical work are assessed by the presenters and when required also by participant peers, and a practical assessment score is awarded for the syndicate group work. Syndicate Group Practical Assessment Score: The practical assessment score for syndicate work will be allocated for: • Reviewing and revising the existing SASOL audit working documents; and • Generating an audit report and working documents assignment. Calculation of Continuous Assessment Score: The practical assessment score and daily assessment score contribute to the continuous assessment score at a ratio of 60% (practical assessment score) to 40% (daily assessment score). Examination: A written, open-book examination is scheduled. Participants require a continuous assessment score of at least 50% and course attendance of at least 80% to be allowed to sit for the examination.
Method of assessment: 
Summative and formative assessment

Additional information

A18 100 1
Target group: 
Environmental practitioners
Duration: 
One session, 5 days, 10 hours per day
Course Cost: 
R 15,200.00
Contact us
Name: 
UCE
Telephone number: 
018 285 2546