Jubilation, excitement and tears reigned in KwaZulu-Natal when matric results were unofficially announced yesterday.
Pupils in the Umlazi district waited anxiously yesterday until district manager Mlungisi Ntombela arrived with the results.
At Adams College the mood was overwhelming when Ntombela announced that the pupils achieved a 100 percent pass rate. Pupils hugged, shook hands and held each other tight.
Principal Thulani Khumalo attributed the achievement to the good working relationship and cooperation between teachers, pupils and parents.
"This is the result you get when you work together as a team with all the stakeholders," he said.
Bonani Mkhungo, chairman of the school's governing body, said: "We had a winning formula in the school. But the attitude each sector represented was excellent and today we are reaping the fruits of dedication, hard work and cooperation."
Ntombela was also effusive in his praise for the school.
"You have made the district very proud by giving us this gold, despite being the first class to sit for the exams under the new curriculum.
"I am extremely happy and proud of your 100 percent achievement. Well done to the class of 2008," he said.
The top three pupils at Adams are Nkululeko Mzulwini and Thalente Mthiyane, with seven distinctions, and Nomfundo Ngema, with six distinctions and a B.
Menzi High School, in the same district, also recorded excellent results and pupils were overjoyed when Ntombela announced they had achieved a 93 percent pass rate. The matrics cried, jumped for joy and shouted. They then burst into song, joined by their happy teachers.
Only three of the 84 who sat for the examinations failed.
"UCT (University of Cape Town) ngiyeza. Vulani amasango ngingene ( UCT here I come. Open the gates and let me in," shouted an excited Mazwi Biyase.
Biyase obtained five As and two Bs. He hopes to study chemical engineering.
"I have made it. I passed, I passed," whooped a tearful Nonkululeko Meyiwa.
One of the happiest pupils was Lwazi Mnguni, who had to write his exams while mourning the death of his mother.
"I wrote accounting two days before my mother's burial and mathematics the following Monday. It was a very difficult time in my life because my mother was the only parent I had since I never knew my father.
"But I thank God that I managed to pass," said Lwazi, who wants to study medicine.