The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) is boasting a matric pass rate of 98.67% this year, up from the 98.30% in 2015.
The results enable 87.61% of those who passed to go on to study for a degree if they want to, up from the 85.26% in 2015.
And 9.83% qualified for entry to diploma study, compared with 11.66% in 2015, leaving 1.23% to study at Higher Certificate level, compared to the 1.27% of 2015.
Matric Results from the state Matric administered Umalusi will be available on the 6th of January 2017.
The IEB said that the Combined Abitur-NSC, which is offered by the German schools in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria, yielded a pass rate of 100%, with all 66 candidates who registered qualifying for university entrance. Pupils who wrote these exams can also go to German universities if they want to, in terms of a government-to-government agreement.
Pupils who wrote the IEB Matric exams can view their results on the IEB website.