Following recent directives from the South African Government, the British Council has limited operations with several restrictions in place until 15 May 2020. These are as follows:

Examination services


To protect the health of IELTS test takers in light of Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), IELTS tests have been suspended in South Africa until 31 May 2020.

These tests are as follows:

  • IELTS paper based and computer delivered tests 
  • IELTS for UKVI 
  • IELTS Life Skills (A1 and B1)

Affected test-takers will be eligible for a transfer or refund by contacting our centre via email

Professional and university exams

We are cancelling the administration of exams for the following institutions:

  • National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health: 26 March 2020
  • Lifting Equipment Engineer Association: 2 April 2020
  • Institute Faculty of Actuaries: 14 April 2020
  • University of British Columbia: 15 April 2020
  • Institute Faculty of Actuaries:  15 April 2020
  • Institute Faculty of Actuaries:  16 April 2020

Programme work 

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Customer contact 

Our offices are temporarily closed to the public, but you can contact us via telephone +27 (0)11 560 9300 or email

During this uncertain time, our students, customers and partners’ health is our priority. 

Please stay up to date on current welfare guidelines, available here: