2010 Matric students will be able to access their exam results on the News Break service of public broadcaster SABC, either in SMS or voice version.
Students must have both their ID number and exam number at hand to register beforehand or to retrieve their results on the day they are released.
Says New Media Editor Judy Sandison from SABC News: “We invite students to start registering from the first of October to receive their results as soon as they are released by the Department of Education.’
To access the results students can do one of the following three options: SMS their ID numbers to 35935 and receive their results on the day of the release via SMS, after submitting their exam numbers in the reply SMS. Or students can call 082 152, select Option 6 and follow the instructions. Or, on results day, they can call the same number and listen to their results, after having punched their relevant number.
This year Standard Bank is again a partner in the information line, and all students who register to receive their results via SMS will be entered automatically into the lucky draw to win a valuable bursary sponsored by Standard Bank. Four bursaries valued at R50 000 each are being offered.
Sandison says this service saves students time and money, especially if they are going to be away from home on results day. “If you have a mobile phone signal you will be able to access results, even in the United States (by dialing +27 82 152) or the United Kingdom by dialing +27 82 234 2900. SMSes cost R3.00 each and calls are charged at standard VAS (value-added service) rates.”
The service is not limited to mobile phones. Students can also use a landline to listen to their results. Simply dial 082 152, select option 6 and use the hash (#) key to select further options.
The SABC news website, www.sabcnews.com, will carry in-depth analysis and reports on results from all the provinces as well as interviews with the top candidates.
The SABC provides the exam results service in association with Vodacom, Marketel, the Department of Education and the State Information Technology Agency. Vodacom provides the network infrastructure and additional marketing support. Marketel, an official information service provider to Vodacom, developed the interactive system and provides ongoing technical support.
Other options on News Break 082 152:
Option 1: the latest news in English.
Option 2: sports news.
Option 3: a 24/7 automated traffic update service provided by Rob Byrne for the major metro regions.
Option 4: financial indicators, updated every 15 minutes from the JSE- Securities Exchange.
Option 5: weather updates
Option 7: in-depth reports on major breaking news events.
Option 8: election results (activated at election time — provided in four languages).