The South African Go Association is the national organization responsible for promoting and developing Go in South Africa. SAGA has been affiliated to the International Go Federation since 1993.
SAGA provides various services and infrastructure to the clubs around the country, as well as obtaining sponsorship for developing Go in schools and disadvantaged communities. Many beginners benefit from the existence of SAGA even though they do not know it at the time – joining SAGA is your way to make sure you’re not just draining the system, but rather helping to support and expand Go in South Africa.
If you want to take part in discussions about what’s happening in South Africa, or want to keep up to date, it is recommended (especially for SAGA members) that you join the SAGoAssociation Yahoo! Group and Mailing List. You can also join the SAGACouncil mailing list as an observer if you wish – to do this, contact the SAGA secretary.
Joining SAGA/renewing your membership
SAGA memberships are valid for calendar years (1 Jan-31 Dec), with membership expiring if the fee for a year is not paid by 31 March. No discounts are currently offered for membership for a partial year, so it makes the most sense to join as early in a year as possible. Certain tournaments are only open to paid-up SAGA members, and others provide discounted rates for SAGA members. In addition, players only earn credit points for years that they are SAGA members. The cost of membership is available below. (If you would like to join SAGA but cannot afford the fees you may apply to have your fee reduced. All applications will be considered). If you decide to join, the recommended payment method is a direct deposit into SAGA’s bank account (details below) – use your surname and initials as a reference, and please email proof of payment to the SAGA treasurer and membership secretary. You can track the processing of your membership on this page – if you have queries about the processing of your membership, please contact the SAGA membership secretary. (Note that honorary members and council members are exempt from the annual membership fee.)
If you can not make a direct deposit into SAGA’s account, you can pay your membership fee to selected SAGA representatives. At the moment, the representatives who can receive membership fees on behalf of SAGA are Andre Connell and Steve Kroon. After you pay them, the processing of your membership will proceed in the standard way, and you can track it on the membership list page.
2016: R200,00 [R100,00 for full time tertiary students; R50.00 for primary or secondary school pupils]
2015: R170,00 [R75,00 for full time tertiary students; R30.00 for primary or secondary school pupils]
2014: R150,00 [R75,00 for full time tertiary students; R30.00 for primary or secondary school pupils]
2013: R100,00 [R50,00 for full time tertiary students; R20.00 for primary or secondary school pupils]
2012: R100,00 [R50,00 for full time tertiary students; R20.00 for primary or secondary school pupils]
2011: R100,00 [R50,00 for full time tertiary students; R20.00 for primary or secondary school pupils]
2010: R100,00 [R50,00 for full time tertiary students; R20.00 for primary or secondary school pupils]
2009: R100,00 [R40,00 for full time tertiary students; R20.00 for primary or secondary school pupils]
2006: R80,00 [R35,00 for full time tertiary students; R20.00 for primary or secondary school pupils]
2005: R70,00 [R35,00 for full time tertiary students; R15.00 for primary or secondary school pupils]
SAGA’s bank details are as follows, if you need to make a payment or deposit. If you do make a deposit, please use a clear reference and inform SAGA treasurer and membership secretary of your payment:
Account holder: South African Go Association
Branch: The Mall, Rosebank
Acc no: 1977 004 199
Branch no: 197705
Type: Current account
Swift code: NEDSZAJJXXX
For speedy response, it is recommended that you communicate by email with the SAGA council as far as possible.
However, if you wish to mail anything to SAGA, you can address it to the relevant member of the council at:
P. O. Box 561
SAGA employs the ranks calculated by the South African Go Clubs website, available on this page
The last offical update on independent SAGA ranks before the merge with SAGC ratings was on 31 August 2005. You can download this update in MS-Excel format, with some extra information on the participation points standings here.
The logo at the top of this page was the one in use from the formation of SAGA in the 1990’s until 2006, when it was replaced by a smoother design created by David Richfield. The new logo can be used with or without text, and the 2 logos are available on the wiki:
Logo without text; and
Logo with text.
Non-profit status: SAGA was registered as a non-profit organization in terms of the Non-Profit Organisation Act 1997 on 6 January 2015.
Affiliations: SAGA is a member organization of the International Go Federation (IGF), and as such is subject to all their rules and regulations, including the IGF Anti-doping policy.
Affiliated Regional Councils: Western Cape Go Council
- Stellenbosch Go Club (as of 16 Februrary 2006)
- Cape Town Go Club (as of 16 Februrary 2006)
Other partners: South African Go Clubs website.
Here is a link to an old mirror of the original SAGA website designed by Clive Hunt and later maintained by David Richfield. Here is a link to an old mirror of some contents of the subsequent SAGA website designed by Stuart Forsyth. (If there are issues with this information being made available, please contact me and I will remove these mirrors.
From a Facebook post: “Possibly the start of Go in RSA was the group that started in the SPL offices (Sandton City) about 1974. No doubt there must have been isolated Go players somewhere around the country before that time, so this is a tentative claim. However, that original 1974 group traces a continuous history to the present. For reference, the late Georg Bernfeld wrote a brief history in the SAGJ (Vol. 3 No. 2 Winter 1995).”
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