Update on the impact of the extension of the nationwide lockdown on SAQA services

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 safety and health of our country, including our stakeholders and staff, continue to be our primary focus. We are therefore reaching out to reassure you of the steps we are taking to continue to deliver on our mandate, although in a limited capacity.


Please note that although our offices, client-facing services and applications systems will be closed during the lockdown, some functions will continue offsite to ensure continuity and minimal disruption. Full working operations will commence on 04 May 2020 unless otherwise advised by the President.


We wish you all the best during these difficult and challenging times. Please be strong for yourself, your family and everyone else around you.


Issued by: SAQA

Enquiries: Dr Julie Reddy, Acting Chief Executive Officer