THE results were released on Tuesday, 23 February, and successful matriculants spoke about how they made it.

Rose Zitha (18) said she thought she’d perform dismally when she wrote the exams. But little did the pupil from Zonkizizwe Secondary School in Ekurhuleni know she’d be a top achiever with six distinctions.

“My supportive family gave me space and time to focus on my books. The teachers also helped a lot and were accessible,” she said.

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Rose, who wants to study medicine, also attributed her success to extra classes.

Her mum Argentina Zitha said: “I am very happy. I never thought my child would be a top achiever. We didn’t sleep until we got the results at about 2am.”

Rose Zitha getting a congratulatory hug from her mum, Argentina Zitha. Photo by Christopher Moagi

School principal Selloane Laka said they motivated all the pupils.

“Our intervention strategy was hectic in the sense that we taught from morning to afternoon and on Saturdays,” she said, adding that they were fortunate to have a supportive School Governing Body.

  • Tshwane: Pupils from Stanza Bopape Secondary School in Mamelodi East were excited to collect their results.
Matriculants at Stanza Bopape Secondary School were excited to pass the exams. Photo by Raymond Morare

Nthabiseng Mabasa (20) was happy she passed with a bachelors.

“My aim is to wait for a year and study psychology at Unisa,” she said.

She said the exams were not that bad, even though there was Covid-19.

Tshepiso Kgosana (19) said: “I’m happy with my results as I passed all my subjects,” adding that she’d be studying teaching.

Khutsho Tshabalala (19) was planning to study hospitality and catering. “I’m happy and this is the beginning of my journey in life.”

Nthabiseng Mabasa(20) of Stanza Bopape Secondary School passed with a barchelors degree. Photos by Raymond Morare Photo by

  • Mpumalanga: Magigwana Secondary School in Athol was announced as the 2020 overall best performing school in the province.

Mpumalanga Education MEC Bonakele Majuba said 276 pupils from the school wrote the exams, and all of them passed. He said 211 of the 276 met bachelor degree admission requirements.

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Pupils celebrating their 100% pass at Magigwana High school (standing next to the yellow school wall) in Athol Photos By Oris Mnisi Photo by

“This means 76,4% of pupils from this school are eligible to register for degrees at any university in SA. This is recommendable, and we wish they continue with this upward trajectory. Congratulations to principal Stanley Mpangane,” said Majuba.

“However, 14 024 candidates didn’t make it. I ask all schools to support them, and ask parents to work with schools towards their empowerment. They should be provided an opportunity to repeat the grade.”