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The educational qualification documents need to be verified by the Department of Education before the Department of International Relations and Cooperation can authenticate them. The relevant section at the Department of Education will stamp and sign a copy of the certificate and issue a covering letter confirming the validity of the educational institution and / or the certificate.

Details of the National Department of Education (Pretoria):

  • Authentication of school certificates/ Transfer Certificates:

    Tel: (012) 357-3900  Fax: (012) 328-6878

 Mr RR Poliah - Tel No.  (012) 357-3900  Fax: 012 328-6878
Mr W Venter – Tel No. (012) 357-3250  Fax: 012 323-
Mr D Morake - Tel No.  (012) 357-3256 Fax: 012 323-0603    

Address: 222 Struben Street, Pretoria

  • Primary and Secondary School Certificates (Grade 1 – 11): The Transfer Card needs to be stamped and signed by the principal of the school and the Education District Director or Deputy Director. The principal of the school needs to provide a letter confirming that the pupil studied at school. Then it should be taken to the National Department of Education to any of the authorized officials mentioned above, who will then issue a confirmation letter for the Department of Foreign Affairs to authenticate the accompanying documents.
  • Secondary school certificates (Matric): The original matric certificate, together with a copy, should be taken to the Department of Education for verification.

 FET College Qualifications

Mr PF de Villiers – Tel No. (012) 312 5760
Mr W Oelofse – Tel No. (012) 5752
Ms H Lombaard – Tel No. (012) 312 5755

PLEASE NOTE: Once the Department of Education stamped, signed and issued the confirmation letter(s), the documents should be brought/ sent to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Legalisation Section to affix an “Apostilleor a “Certificate of Authentication” to the document.

  • (a) Degrees, Diplomas, Certificates (Public Higher Education Institution-Universities and Universities of Technology

 Ms Nthabiseng Machaba
Ms Winnie Twala
Mr D Kubayi
Ms Ansie Meintjes – Room 559, 5th floor,    Tel No (012) 312 5409
Ms Zinhle Zungu
Mr Dennis Maluleke – Room 544, 5th floor, Tel No. (012) 312 5282 (in the absence of the above officials)

(b) Private Higher Education Institutions:

Ms Katjie Mokoboto –  5th Floor, Room 518, Tel No.  (012) 312 5320
Mr Wayne Dirk –  5th floor, Room 525, Tel No. (012) 312 5254

Address: Sol Plaatje House, 123 Schoeman Street, Pretoria

  • The original certificates together with copies should be taken to the Department of Education.




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