Frequently Asked Questions

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Wordbooks are available - sent via email once registration is complete


Registration and payment questions

How do I register?

click the register here button to be redirected to the registration page


I have completed the registration form. How can I make payment?

*Once you have registered, click the pay now button - you will be redirected to the Payfast website

* To make a payment at a later stage you can log into your profile and click pay               

*Make sure you used the correct reference


How can I pay? What options will PayFast give me?

Debit Card, Credit Card, SCode (cash deposits), Instant EFT, MasterPass and Bitcoin


How can I make a cash deposit?

PayFast has an option to pay using a cash deposit, please activate this by selecting SCode. SCode payments can be made at any Checkers, Checkers Hyper, Shoprite, Usave, House & Home, Post Office, and OK Furniture.

Follow the steps above and upon checkout, press the SCode option.


Competition logistic questions

When and where is the competition held?

The competition dates and times can be found on the Calendar page. Venues will be released by the stipulated date every year.

What time does it start?

Bumble Bees registration starts at 8am - competition starts at 8.30am

Honey Bees registration starts at 10am - competition starts after Bumble Bees prize giving

Melittidae Bees registration starts at 12am - competition starts after Honey Bees prize giving


Who qualifies for provincials?

The top 10 from each region qualify to go through to the provincial competition


Who qualifies for nationals?

The top 5 from each province qualify for the national competition


Who must pay for travel and accommodation?

All travel costs are covered by the participants themselves. Master Spelling Bee can suggest accommodation for the national competition, but they are not required to provide travel and accommodation for participants for any level of competition. We continue to work on obtaining sponsorships/partnerships that can subsidise this cost.


I did not get my wordbook?

Wordbooks are sent via email once your registration is complete. If you would like Master Spelling Bee to print and send you a word book, there is an extra fee of R200 per book. If you have misplaced your email, use the contact us form and request the confirmation email be resent. It can only be resent to the email address that is registered.


I am running late on competition day?

Unfortunately, once registration check ins close on competition day, you are no longer able to compete, and you forfeit your registration fees.


I am no longer able to attend my allocated regional/provincial/national competition?

Please let us know so that we can extend the invite to the next runner up.

At regional level, if you are not able to attend your region, you are able to compete at another region within the same province to try and qualify for provincials.

At provincial level, if you are not able to attend the competition then you fall out of the competition and forfeit your place.

At national level, if you are not able to attend the competition then you fall out of the competition and forfeit your place.


What must I wear to competition?

Participants should please wear their school uniform. It is the right of the judges to disqualify a participant for not wearing their school uniform.


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