This article attempts to point our visitors from South Africa to where they can access the 2021 Grade 12 Matric result 2021. We also compiled the 3 ways to access the NSC Matric results. You’ll find the information and links to the Ministry of Basic Education news headlines useful, so read on.

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When do 2021 Matrics results come out?

Latest update on the release of Maric Results 2021/2022: The Department of Basic Education will announce the launching of the matric results on Thursday the 20th of January 2022.

Grade 12 students (the Matric Class of 2021) can check their results on Friday the 21st of January 2022. See below how to check the results via SMS and online. The results can be collected at your local schools too.

Take note of the following special dates:

  • Friday, 4th February 2022 – Remarking and rechecking
  • 15 March 2022 – Application forms will be available at schools on the education ministry website.
  • June 2022 –  Registration for NSC supplementary examination
  • June 2022 – Collection of 2022 NSC examination certificates at schools

Past updates 2020/2021

  • Update #2: The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, will announce the release of the 2020 matric results on the 22nd of February 2021.
  • Update #1: Students will be able to access their results on the 23rd of February via SMS, USSD, newspapers or at their examination centres.

1. Get Matric results at school

Students can collect results from their schools in some provinces. Schools will apply strict COVID-19 control measures. Last year, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga, said Covid-19 protocols would apply.

The Matrics class (2021 NSC Grade 12) will have to mask up before going to get their results on/after Friday the 21st February 2022.

Please, contact your schools prior to going there. Ask about the COVID19 measures they are implementing to avoid any inconvenience on arrival at your school.

2. Check Grade 12 results 2021 online

The Department of Education has released procedures on how to check the 2021 matric results online. Here are 3 online platforms for matriculants to check the matric results online.

Department of Basic Education Login using your exam number, personal details such as the names and the home language
IEB Enter exam number and the date of birth
- Submit your request to access the results
News24 Enter your examination number
- Select the type of exam, NSC;
- Search the results to get your results

Note that the traffic to the websites may be high causing delays in response time. The best way is to be patient and wait for the results to show on your screen as it is expected.

3. 2021 NSC Grade 12 Matric results via USSD or SMS

Students from the registered provinces can receive their results through USSD quick codes of 182 characters or SMS lines. The matrix results for 2021 will happen in real-time, as they are released to the students.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is coordinating the USSD and SMS platforms. Students must register prior to using the results service. Here is how to register for USSD and SMS.

To register on USSD,

  • simply dial *120*45856#
  • enter your exam number to register

(Registering on USSD will cost R1-50 per minute)


  • text your exam number to 45856
  • follow the prompt

(The system will verify your details, and you will be charged R1-50 per message)

Help when getting 2021 NSC Grade 12 Results

The Department of Basic Education staff and support staff will provide help to students and stakeholders who may face problems accessing their results online or via USSD and SMS. The best way to get help would be to, directly, contact your school or provincial education authority.

In case you want to get in touch with DBE, send an email to

Useful info links: How to Check Matric results 2021

In our research for this article to help our visitors from South Africa, we found out that the best place to check your results and get help is at the DBE website. Visit the home page or read the latest news updates here.

We also found this article about the NSC Matric results for 2021/2021 on the Matric College website useful. If you need more information, click here to read the article about the Matric results.

The information is collated from the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and SABC.

We wish you all the best!