This article is from the South Africa FAQ, by Scott Hazelhurst firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
_What is the standard of South African eduction?_
According to the British Council's _International Guide to
Qualifications in Education_ (Second Edition, 1987):-
* Overall a matriculation or senior certificate is equivalent in
standard to somewhere between O and A level.
* On a subject by subject basis, a subject done at matric level on
either the higher or standard grade with a symbol of A-D is
equivalent to an O-level.
* Some British Universities will accept the matric certificate or
equivalent for admission directly into an undergraduate degree
programme - others will require some A-levels or a year at a South
* A South African Honours degree (e.g. BScHons) is ``generally
accepted'' as equivalent to a British Honours degree, and a four
year engineering degree would correspond to the equivalent British
qualification. These qualifications may be accepted for admission
into a postgraduate degree programme at a British university.
* A South African bachelor's degree (e.g. a three-year degree like a
BA or BSc) is ``likely considered'' equivalent to a British
This information is a bit dated now, so more recent information