UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG

Replacement of Lost Certificates

The University only issues ONE ORIGINAL certificate per graduate. Certificates are issued to graduates and diplomates at graduation ceremonies and posted, using registered mail, to those students who were unable to attend the graduation ceremony. Certificates for short courses are issued by the Heads of Schools.

Re-issuing lost or stolen certificates
This office has strict procedures for re-issuing lost certificates. Should the original degree certificate be lost or damaged you may request a certified copy of the original. An affidavit signed by a Commissioner of Oaths must be provided with the following details:

Full names, address, telephone number

Name of degree and date of year of graduation

Identity number

Oath swearing that the original was lost / stolen

This may be sent to the Examinations and Graduation Office, Private Bag 3, Wits 2050 or faxed to 086 579 6590
The copy of an original certificate is R150.00 (Local postage cost = R20.00, overseas postage cost = R75.00) and will take approximately 10 days to process.

Please note:Only Mini Certificates (A4 size) can be printed for the Johannesburg College of Education prior to 2001. The cost of a mini replacement certificate is R50.00. (Local postage cost = R20.00, overseas postage cost = R75.00) and will take approximately 10 working days to process.

Download the affidavit to be filled in here

Returned or uncollected certificates
Certificates for alumni who have graduated in absentia or were unable to attend the ceremony due to circumstances must sign for and collect their certificates from the office and only if prior arrangements have been made with the office, a day or two after the ceremony. The alumni must produce his/her identity document before the certificate is handed over.

All other uncollected certificates for alumni, who have graduated in absentia or were unable to attend the ceremony due to circumstances, will be posted by using registered mail. Certificates that have been returned due to an incorrect address are retained by EGO for 30 days