Matric Results 2021 - Northern Cape

The announcement of the 2021 National Matric Results is expected to take place within the following days, and you can find all of the information you will need right here.

Northern Cape Matric Results 2010 – 2021:

    • 2010: 72%
    • 2011: 69%
    • 2012: 75%
    • 2013: 75%
    • 2014: 76%
    • 2015: 69%
    • 2016: 79% 
    • 2017: 78% 
    • 2018: 75% 
    • 2019: 77% 
    • 2020: 66%

2021: Will be announced on 21 January 2022

What You Need To Know

As the 2021 National Matric Examinations commenced and concluded the Covid-19 pandemic continued to be a daily challenge faced by the entire country of South Africa. The Northern Cape is no exception, the Northern Cape Department of Education however announced that it had not experienced any issues due to the pandemic during the examination period.

Here is all of the need to know information regarding the National Matric Examinations for 2021:

Important Dates For Your Matric Results

The Northern Cape Department of Education has confirmed the following dates regarding the National Senior Certificate Examinations for the province:

  • Start of Marking Process – 08 December 2021
  • End of Marking Process – 22 December 2021
  • Results Delivered for Capturing – 27 December 2021
  • Release of Results – 21 January 2022

Where Will The Results Be Announced?

It has been confirmed that the Northern Cape MEC for Education will announce the Provincial Matric Results for 2021 after the announcement of the National Results taking place on the 20th of January 2022. The announcement by the MEC will happen on the 21st of January 2022. The location and expected time for the announcement is still to be confirmed.

How Will The Results Be Made Public?

The Department of Basic Education announced in a public media statement, on the 11th of January 2022, that it would no longer be releasing individual matric results for publishing on public media platforms. This would include the publication of results in local newspapers as well as the reporting on results by news outlets.

Stating that the release of this information for public viewing would be going against the regulations set out by the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA), the department decided to halt the publication of results to the public.

This decision however was met with widespread backlash and was challenged by several educational boards and civil rights groups. Taking to the Gauteng High Court these groups aimed to have the decision made by the department overturned.

The Gauteng High Court ruled in favor of these groups on the 18th of January 2022 and ordered the Department of Basic Education to go ahead with the traditional publication of results. It did however state that only students who gave their consent to have their results published would see their overall result and pass type published after the official announcement on the 21st of January 2022.

How To Get Your 2021 Matric Results

The following ways are available to students to get their results:

Physical Results Certificate

Students can get their result certificates directly from the school they attended on the 21st of January 2022. To do this they will need to provide the staff at their school with their proof of identification, for example their ID.

SMS Service

Students can make use of the National SMS service provided by the Department of Basic Education. The SMS service is charged at R1.50 per SMS. To do so they must complete the following steps:

  • Step 1 – Send a text message to 35658
  • Step 2 – This message must first contain your 13 digit ID number, followed by a space, and then your unique 13 digit exam number
  • Step 3 – Once you have successfully completed your registration your results will be sent to your phone number when available

USSD System

Students can use the USSD service as made available by the Department of Basic Education. Standard USSD rates apply. To do so students must complete the following steps:

  • Step 1 – On your mobile phone dial *120*35658#
  • Step 2 – Answer a number of questions as asked by the USSD system
  • Step 3 – Enter your 13 digit ID number
  • Step 4 – Select either “Yes/No” to opt-in or opt-out to comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act regulations
  • Step 5 – Your results will be sent to you per subject as they are made available

Note: You will only receive your results per subject if you chose to ‘Opt-in’ for the USSD system when prompted. If you choose to ‘Opt-out’ your results will not be sent to you via the USSD system.


Students can also register to view their results on the Department of Basic Education website. This process involves two-step verification and students will need to provide both their 13 digit ID number as well as their unique 13 digit exam number.


With the ruling by the Gauteng High Court on the 18th of January 2022, students who expressly provided their consent to have their results published on public media platforms, such as local Newspapers, will be able to view their results within specified local Newspapers on the 22nd of January 2022.

Matric Results 2020: Northern Cape

The Northern Cape managed to score a matric pass rate of 66% in 2020. This was a big drop from their 77% matric pass rate in 2019.

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Northern Cape Matric Results 2020

The Northern Cape has experienced a fluctuation of their matric results since 2016. Remaining in the 70 percentile range, this province has struggled to command an upwards trajectory. The last time that the Northern Cape saw their matric pass rate over 80% was in 2009.

Jan Badenhorst, an educational professional has made the following predictions about the Northern Cape matric results for 2020.

“With so many lost school days, we should see a drop in the numbers.

But Umalusi has the power to adjust the numbers if they feel it is fair. So I expect the Northern Cape numbers to drop to below 74%.”

Northern Cape Matric Results 2010 – 2020

Here are the matric results for the Northern Cape from the year 2010-2020:

  • 2010: 72%
  • 2011: 69%
  • 2012: 75%
  • 2013: 75%
  • 2014: 76%
  • 2015: 69%
  • 2016: 79% 
  • 2017: 78% 
  • 2018: 75% 
  • 2019: 77% 
  • 2020: 66%

Northern Cape Pass Rate 2016 – 2020.

Northern Cape Quality of Passes

The Northern Cape had the fewest number of students writing their 2020 matric finals with only 11 608 candidates. Of these, 28.4% received Bachelor’s Degree Passes. 24.1% of the passes were made up of Diploma Passes and 13.5% of Higher Certificate Passes. There were no NSC passes. 

Where To Find Your Matric Results As A Student In Northern Cape

As a Northern Cape student, you can access your matric results:

  • Online
  • Your phone 
  • Newspapers
  • The Department of Education

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Districts with the best Matric Results in Northern Cape – 2019

The top-performing district in Northern Cape for 2019 is the Namaqua district with a pass rate of 89.9%.

Here are the top 4 districts with the highest matric results:

  • Namaqua
  • John Taolo Gaetsewe
  • Z. F Mgcawu

Click here to read more about the top districts with the best matric results.

Options If You Are Unhappy With Your Results 

It might happen that you are not happy with your matric results. You can apply for re-marking, re-checking or viewing of your examination paper. 

To apply, you must fill in an application form for re-checking and re-marking. You will be able to find these forms at any District offices and your respective school. These application forms will also be made available at examinations centres where students wrote.

The fees are structured as follows and are subject to change in 2022:

  • Re-mark: R120
  • Re-check: R29 
  • Viewing: R234 

Please keep in mind that a viewing of the exam paper can only be done after a re-mark or a re-check. The applications for this close 7 days after the release of the respective re-mark or re-check

Any candidate that is from a non-paying school or who have been granted a concession on school fee payments do not have to pay for the remarking of rechecking. 

Withheld Results 

Examination irregularities will mean that your matric results will be withheld. You can either:

  • Contact your school or district office and ask why your results are being withheld, OR
  • You can appeal in writing and apply to write the May/June examinations. 


All students are given a second chance to write their matric exams in May and June 2022. This can be either because you want to improve your results or because you did not pass the first time. 

Students who were absent during the combined November examinations can also write at this time.

Author: Morné van Emmenis