The Independent Examinations Board (IEB)'s national senior certificate results show a slight increase in the 2017 matric pass rate.
The results released on Wednesday morning put last year's pass rate at 98.76%, which is up from the previous year's 98.67%.
The IEB says the process of collating the results has been smooth.
CEO Anne Oberholzer says that pupils now need to consider their options.
"My sense is that the most important thing for a child is to know their talents and possibly even more important, where their interest lies, because if their interest is in something, they will be motivated to do the very best they can in that field of study."