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Where To Find My Matric Results: Gauteng

You can get your matric results for 2021 via SMS or by going to your respective school.

Matric Results Release Dates

The Matric Results for 2021 will be released on the following dates:

  • 21 January 2022 – public school learners
  • 20 January 2022 – private school learners (Independent Education Board/IEB results)

Umalusi approved the matric results for 2021 on 14 January 2022 in order to release the exam results on their expected release dates.

Matric Results And Public Platform Release

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) released a statement on 11 January 2022 to announce that matric results would no longer be made public via social media platforms. This decision was highly influenced by the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA).

The DBE stated that publishing personal information, such as matric results, would be a breach of the POPI Act. This conclusion was, however, challenged by some civil rights and educational groups. They reached out to the Gauteng High Court to reverse this decision. 

The Gauteng High Court ruled on 18 January 2022 that they would contrast the decision made by the DBE and would allow matric results to be published on social media platforms as done in the past.

Where To View Your 2021 Matric Results

Students who wrote their matric in 2021 will be able to view their results in various ways.

Going To Your School

Learners can get their matric results by going to their school and presenting their student ID number. Remember to:

  • Bring your student ID number
  • Wear a mask
  • Practice social distancing

Register To Get Your Results Via SMS (2022)

You can register to receive your matric results via SMS. Follow these simple steps to do so:

  1. Open a new blank SMS
  2. Fill the body of the text by entering your personal ID number and your student exam number (note that both numbers must be 13 digits longs – otherwise the registration will be unsuccessful)
  3. Fill in the text recipient space with: 35658
  4. Pay the once-off fee of R3.00 with your airtime (note that free SMS does not apply)
  5. Your information will be processed – if your numbers are incorrect, the request will not be processed
  6. You will receive your matric results on 21 January 2022

Get Your Results On The DBE Website

If you are having trouble with accessing your matric results, you can contact the Department of Education in Gauteng at:

  • Tel: 011 355 0000
  • Toll-free: 0800 000 789

How to get your results:

  1. Visit the DBE website
  2. Register by filling in the required details
  3. Click on the 2021 NSC exam results link
  4. Enter your exam number
  5. When the set publication date arrives, your results will appear on the screen
  6. If you want to, you can click the download button and print your results

You can do the same to find your matric results on the  IEB website to access your private school results.


You can instantly receive your exam results on your mobile device by following these steps:

  • Dial *120*35658# on your mobile device
  • Answer the list of multiple choice questions
  • Fill in your ID and examination number

Where to Find My Matric Results: Gauteng 2020

As a student in Gauteng, you have the following options when it comes to receiving your matric results:

  • The Department of Education in Gauteng
  • Online Platforms  
  • Your Mobile Device 
  • The Newspaper

The Department of Education

If you come across any difficulty when trying to access your results or you are confused with the process, you can contact the Department of Education in Gauteng

Tel: 011 355 0000

Toll-free: 0800 000 789

How to check matric results online 

  • Step 1: Visit the Department of Basic Education website.
  • Step 2: Register using your details. (Please note you can only register for matric results until February 22nd the day before the marks are released). 
  • Step 3: Click on the link for 2020 NSC exam results. 
  • Step 4: Enter your examination number. 
  • Step 5: Your results will appear on the screen. 
  • Step 6: Click the download button and print.


Finding your results online might be the point of call for most people. It is easy enough to get access to your matric results on the Department of Education website. All you will need is to log into the site to access the results. You will need:

  • Your Examination Number 
  • Your ID Number 
  • Personal details such as your name and surname. 

If you are an IEB student, you can follow the same process on the IEB website. All the private school results will be released here. 

Another online platform that will have your matric results at the ready is News24

Your Mobile Device

Since we are all so connected with our mobile devices, this could be the perfect way to get your matric results. 

This can be done in one of two ways, either by SMS or by USSD.

How to get your Matric Results via SMS 2021 Gauteng

  • Step 1: Open a new SMS message on your phone
  • Step 2: Fill in your ID Number AND Exam Number as the message
  • Step 3: Both numbers must have 13 digits to be accepted
  • Step 4: Send the SMS to this number: 35658
  • Step 5: Note that the SMS will cost R3,00 (Free SMS does not apply)
  • Step 6: Your exam number and ID number will be checked – if you send incorrect numbers it won’t work
  • Step 7: You will get your results once they are made available on 23 February 2021


This is another way to get your results instantly on your mobile device. Follow these steps to use the USSD method:

  • Dial this number on your phone *120*35658#
  • You will be required to answer some multiple-choice questions. 
  • Enter your ID and examination number.

The Newspaper

Finding your matric results in the newspaper is one of the most traditional ways of doing it. All you need to do is make sure that you have the correct paper. Here are the newspapers in Gauteng that will have all the 2020 matric results:

Author: Karla Nortier