Update on the impact of the extension of the lockdown on the evaluation of foreign qualifications

On 09 April 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced an extension of the nationwide lockdown by a further two weeks beyond the initial 21 days to combat the spread of Covid-19. The initial 21-day stay-at-home order was due to end on 16 April. However, the President urged all residents to continue staying at home until the end of April to avoid the potential catastrophic spread of the pandemic in South Africa. As a result, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) office will remain closed until the end of the official lockdown.


The lockdown will continue to affect the foreign qualifications evaluation and advisory service as follows:

  • The evaluation service will not be available during this period. Applications that were not processed by 26 March will only be processed after the lockdown ends.
  • For the duration of the lockdown, clients will not be able to courier physical application packs to SAQA. The offices of both SAQA and its service provider, Postnet, will be closed.
  • The online application system will not be available during this period. Clients will only be able to lodge online applications again after the lockdown.
  • When SAQA reopens after the lockdown, new tariffs for the evaluation of foreign qualifications, as published on the SAQA website will take effect.


N. Coetzee

Director: Foreign Qualifications Evaluation and Advisory Services