Umalusi is responsible for the quality assurance of assessment in the Grade 12-year and issues the National Senior Certificate to successful NSC candidates.

Umalusi approves the NSC resulting after standardisation.

The results will be announced on 22 February 2020.

This is, however, subject to Umalusi’s processing of marks running according to schedule. The Head of Institutions and examination centres will be informed via SMS should it become evident that there will be a delay in the release of the results.

The candidates’ marks, as reflected on the Statements of Results, will be sent to Institutions electronically on the evening of Friday, 19 February 2021 per schedule for internal use only.

The original statement of results will be couriered to the examination centres from 18-22 February 2021. Candidates who wrote at the MindScape Education Centre in Randburg may collect their statement of results on Friday, 26th February between 8AM and 1PM. Please ensure you ask the security for the correct entrance point.

Candidates will be able to view their results on the SACAI portal from Saturday, 20 February 2021 from 09:00am. Keying in the candidate’s examination and ID numbers will allow access to the portal.

SACAI portal: http://portal.sacai.co.za

Higher certificate pass requirements

  • Must obtain 40% in your Home Language.
  • Must obtain at least 40% in two other subjects.
  • Must obtain at least 30% for three other subjects.

It is important to note that one of your languages must either be English or Afrikaans to qualify for a Higher Certificate.


Diploma pass requirements

  • Must obtain at least 40% for your Home Language.
  • Must obtain at least 40% for three other High Credit subjects.
  • Must obtain at least 30% for two other subjects.

Bachelor’s Degree pass requirements

  • Must obtain at least 40% for your Home Language.
  • Must obtain at least 50% for four other High Credit subjects.
  • Must obtain at least 30% for two other subjects

Please note that the SACAI offices will be closed from Tuesday, 15 December 2020 and will re-open on Monday, 18 January 2021 and that no telephone calls or e-mail queries will be answered during this time.



Please take note:

NO parent or candidate can contact SACAI directly.

Parents or candidates are requested to contact their respective NSC Institutions.


Therefore, SACAI will refer all telephonic or personal inquiries back to the relevant NSC Institution. 

SACAI will only handle exam queries that are sent via the NSC Institution.

18 January 2021: SACAI offices re-open.

19 February 2021: Results sent electronically to Institutions.

20 February 2021: Results announced and available on the SACAI portal from 09:00am.

18-22 February 2021: Original Statement of Results per courier to the examination centres.

23 February 2021: Candidates collect their original SACAI Statement of Result at the 2020 NSC examination centres from the 23rd of February 2021.

Note: all prices exclusive of VAT


  • R 1 408-75 per subject.


  • R 511-75 per subject.


  • R 293-25 per subject.


  • R230-00.


Opening date:  20 February 2021

Closing date:   17 March 2021

Candidates may apply for re-marking of examination answer scripts immediately after receiving their SACAI NSC Statement of Results. The closing date for application for a re-mark is usually announced on the back of the Statement of Results.


  • Only online applications will be accepted  – SACAI portal: http://portal.sacai.co.za
  • A candidate may only apply for the remark in a subject if the mark for the subject is within 3% of a higher symbol, e.g. 27%, 37%, 47%, 57%, 67% or 77%.
  • A candidate may apply for the remark of his/her examination scripts at the prescribed fee. The application may only be completed online.


Opening date:  20 February 2021

Closing date:   17 March 2021 

Only online provisionally applications will be accepted.  SACAI portal: http://portal.sacai.co.za



  • Candidates can only register for subjects which they were registered for in the previous November examination.
  • Candidates who were absent with a valid reason (medical unfit, death in the immediate family or other special reasons*) from one or more external question papers, may provisionally register for the NSC March Supplementary examination.
  • Candidates who want to improve their overall achievement status, or only want to improve the achievement of a subject, may register for the NSC March Supplementary examination.
  • In the case where a candidate was absent for one or more papers in the November exam with a valid reason, the candidate has the choice whether to write only the outstanding papers or all the papers.
  • In a case where an irregularity is being investigated, provisional enrolment for NSC March Supplementary examination may be granted to the candidate concerned, pending the outcome of the investigation.

NB: Documentary proof substantiating reason for absenteeism must be submitted to Support Services via email, karendw@sacai.org.za<mailto:karendw@sacai.org.za> to ensure entry to the march Supplementary examination. The Statement of Results should also be presented for proof of the November examinations registration.


VERY important: Only if the candidate achieved more than 25% in the relevant subject during the NSC examination (November sitting) will be granted admission for the supplementary examination (*maximum of 2 subjects)


ONLY 4 Supplementary examination centres will be registered for the March NSC Supplementary examination. Please ensure that you will be able to travel to these centres prior to applying for a supplementary examination.


The four centres are as follows:

  • Gauteng: SACAI Head Office Garsfontein.
  • KZN: H/School Amanzimtoti.
  • Western Cape: Youth Academy Lansdowne.
  • Eastern Cape: SACAI Port Elizabeth.

What can I do if I do not qualify to write the SACAI March Supplementary NSC examination?


Candidates, who do not qualify to write the SACAI March Supplementary NSC examination, have the following options:

  • Re-enrol for the NSC as a full-time repeater candidate at a school without delay, provided that the candidate is younger than 21 years of age.
  • Register as a part-time repeater candidate at a registered SACAI NSC Institution.  The NSC Institution list is available on the SACAI web (sacai.org.za).

The 2020 Umalusi certificates will only be issued in July 2021 and will be submitted directly to the 2020 NSC Institutions / schools and not to the 2020 NSC examination centres.


The d6 Connect platform is used to publish resources, exam timetables and your child’s report, once marks have been finalised and released.

The user guide on how to install the d6 Connect app can be downloaded below.