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Is there a way I can change my personal information on my matric certificate?

It should not be necessary to change the personal information on your matric certificate, but you can apply for the certificate to be verified through Umalusi.

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How can I replace my matric certificate if it has been lost?

You can apply online to replace your lost or damaged certificate issued by Umalusi.

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Can I use my late fatherโ€™s documents to apply for a study permit in South Africa? He was Zimbabwean but had a non-citizen SA ID.

Your father's permanent residence in South Africa does not give you access to study in South Africa.

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How can my husband write matric if he does not have a grade 9 certificate and cannot afford a private college?

He can get his grade 9 and matric certificates for free through the Department of Basic Education.

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Can I, a non-South African, write my matric exams if I only have a valid passport?

Yes, you can write your matric exams and get your results with a valid passport.

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How do I apply for Adult Basic Education Training (ABET) if I don't have my report?

You can make an affidavit explaining your circumstances and ask your old school for a copy.

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Can I get a South African ID if my mother was Zimbabwean but I have a South African birth certificate?

Yes, if Home Affairs accepts the ID number on your birth certificate.

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Are no-fee schools allowed to charge extra costs?

"Voluntary donations" at no-fee schools are encouraged but not compulsory.

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I have been told that I cannot write my matric without an ID but Home Affairs won't issue me one.

It is unconstitutional to be prevented from writing your matric without an ID or other documentation. Your father can make a sworn affidavit to help your ID application.

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I get an error code on my birth certificate when I try to apply for tertiary education. Is there some way around this?

You will likely need a late registration of birth certificate but you can apply for a temporary ID in the meantime.

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