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  1. Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga and her deputy Enver Surty pose with 23 of SA's top 25 matric pupils from government schools across the country. Picture: Antoine de Ras/ The Star
  2. Some of the country's top matrics were present for the announcement of their exam results by Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga at Vodaworld in Midrand. Picture: Dumisani Dube/ The Star
  3. Lindokuhle Mazibuko, a beneficiary from the High Flyers programme, became the first pupil from his rural school to obtain nine distinctions. Picture: Supplied
  4. Joshua Gonggryp of Westville Boys High School received seven distinctions. Picture: Supplied
  5. These students from Westville Boys High School and Durban High School all achieved 7 As. Picture: Colleen Dardagan/ The Mercury
  6. Triplets Taahir, Ameera and Muhammad Suleman attended Westville Boys High School and Westville Girls School respectively and made their parents proud with each scoring 7 As. Picture: Colleen Dardagan/ The Mercury
  7. Velabahleke High School learner Lwandile Mpangase scored 8 distinctions in his matric exams. Picture: Gcina Ndwalane/ The Mercury
  8. Menzi High School learner Ntobeko Mchunu scored 7 distinctions in his matric exams. Picture: Gcina Ndwalane/ The Mercury
  9. Aravind Arunakirinathar, from Durban High School, is one of South Africas top maths pupils. Picture: Supplied
  10. Simon� Heenop from Gelofte Skool attained seven distinctions. Picture: The Mercury
  11. Safiyya Tootla of Westville Girls' High obtained eight distinctions. Picture: Jacques Naude/ The Mercury
  12. These thrilled Star College boys are set to reach great heights in the future after they each achieved eight or nine distinctions in their matric exams. Picture: Jacques Naude/ The Mercury
  13. Chante Dove, Nosihle Mthembu, Nikai Jagganath, Simone Brown, Thiasha Naidoo, Ridwa Hajee and Shwetha Maharaj all obtained seven As, except Thiasha who got eight. Picture: Jacques Naude/ The Mercury
  14. These students from Northlands Girls High and Danville Park Girls all achieved seven distinctions in the National Senior Certificate exams. Picture: Jacques Naude/ The Mercury
  15. Salona Burdhu of Pietermaritzburg Girls High got seven distinctions, while Devlin Govender of Raisethorpe High School scored eight. Picture: Shan Pillay/ The Mercury
  16. From left: Carsten Rembold, Jordan Rawlins, Riyoal Cerpath, Cowan Chetty and Andrew Joubert, of Maritzburg College, who all got eight As. Picture: Shan Pillay/ The Mercury
  17. Yuval Ardenbaum is a top achiever and will take a gap year to start his own businesss and travel in India and Europe. Picture: The Mercury
  18. 18-year-old triplets Farhana, Muhamed and Fatima Omar are matric top achievers from Tshwane Muslim School in Laudium. Picture: Oupa Mokoena/ Pretoria News
  19. Pheziwe Mkhalane from Unity Secondary School in Daveyton got eight distinctions in the matric exams. With her are Joburg education MMC Mally Mokoena and Premier David Makhura. Picture: Nokuthula Mbatha/ The Star
  20. Minister Angie Motshekga with the top Western Cape matrics. From left, Rebecca Haines, Tala Ross, Andrew Tucker, Tae Jun Park; Namhla Juqu and Winand Meyl. Picture: Antoine de Ras/ The Star
  21. Min�t Uys, from Afrikaanse Ho�r Meisieskool, Girls High School was crowned top achiever in Gauteng. Picture: Nokuthula Mbatha/ The Star
  22. Slade Hodge, a matric pupil from Parktown Boys' High School, had a two-month stay in hospital after being involved in a collision. Picture: Itumeleng English/ The Star
  23. Melissa Kabonga wrote matric at Greenside High School. When her family arrived in SA from the Congo, she couldn't even speak English; now she is writing the stories of her sisters, who remained behind. Picture: Boxer Ngwenya/ The Star
  24. Tameem Hassem, from Greenside High School, broke his leg just before his finals so he wrote them from his hospital bed and his bedroom at his Mayfair home. Picture: Boxer Ngwenya/ The Star
  25. KES matriculant Mziwenene Mabuse achieved seven distinctions. Picture: Supplied
  26. Andrew Tucker receives his award from Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga as her deputy, Enver Surty, looks on. Picture: Dumisani Dube/ The Star
  27. Saphokazi Dangazele, the top matric pupil of Mfuleni Secondary School, received five distinctions. Picture: Cindy Waxa/ Cape Argus
  28. Anushqah van der Ventel from Manenberg celebrates 6 distinctions in her matric examination. In the background is her grandmother with whom she lives. Picture: Tracey Adams/ Cape Argus
  29. Rustenburg Girls' High's Rebecca Haines is one of the country's top achievers. Picture: Supplied