The Gauteng matric pass rate has gone up from 74 percent to 76 percent.
More than 92000 candidates sat for the examination and most of them were girls.
Gauteng MEC for education Angie Motshekga said those who failed no more than two subjects would be eligible to write supplementary examinations.
"Those who failed more than two will have to go through it again and write at the end of the year," she said yesterday.
Tshwane South was the best performing district, while Sedibeng West was the poorest performer.
Hans Kekana Secondary School in Hammanskraal was the best performing poor school in Gauteng.
The school achieved a 94 percent pass rate, a significant improvement compared with 61 percent last year.
Motshekga showcased at least five of the top 10 candidates yesterday.
Andries Dlamini of Qedilizwe Secondary School in Sebokeng achieved seven distinctions.
He said he would study law at the University of North West next year.
"I am interested in law. I do not want to be frustrated along the way if I choose to listen to people wanting me to study science or engineering."
Twins Lumka and Nonhlakanipho Msibi from Parktown Girls High achieved five and four distinctions, respectively.
The girls, who left home at 6am every day to travel to school by taxi from Dlamini, Soweto, were ecstatic.
"I love science. I have enrolled for aeronautical engineering at Wits University next year," Lumka said.
"I knew I had to work hard from January in order to achieve this amazing result."
Her sister, Nonhlakanipho, will study accounting at the same university.
Their mother, Nomsa Msibi, said her daughters had worked hard the whole year and deserved their results.