South African National Geography Olympiad

South African National Geography Olympiad


COVID-19 postponement

Due to the global pandemic, the SANGO 2020 has had to be postponed from the original date of 19 May.
Nevertheless we are still committed to bringing you this year’s Olympiad on 15 September 2020.

Please feel free to express interest here: (see guidelines here).

SANGO aims to: (1) foster a love of Geography, (2) Support the South African Geography Curriculum and (3) build capacity to send a South African team to the International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) in the future.
Partnered by:
The professional Society of South African Geographers (SSAG), The Southern African Geography Teachers’ Association (SAGTA), and The Royal Geographical Society (RGS), are partners in hosting of the 2020 online SANGO.
Supported by:
The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA); the South African National Departments of Basic Education (DBE) and Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR); Shutters and Shooters; and ESRI.
Entry requirements:
Learners must have their own individual email addresses to participate. Schools must provide learners adequate internet facilities to access the online Olympiad on the day. SANGO can be accessed via cell phones, tablets, laptops, and PC’s. Learners in Grades 10, 11, or 12 at a High School in South Africa are eligible to participate.
What will it cost:
Payments are organised and made through schools. Schools pay a once-off R60 registration fee, and each participating learner pays R40.
To Express Interest in participating please apply here:
Why participate:
Participating in the SANGO supports learners by inspiring their interest geography, testing their geographic knowledge, and receiving recognition for doing so.
How it works:
Round 1: Schools pay for and pre-register learners. This is an online competition, undertaken at schools’ premises, between 7am and 5pm under exam conditions on 15 September 2020.  There are 40 multiple choice questions, each with graphics/data. All learners are awarded an official electronic certificate in the following categories: Participation, Bronze (top 15%), Silver (top 10%), Gold (top 5%), and Platinum (top 1%).
Round 2: Top participants from Round 1 will be invited (for free) to submit their school Geography research project, which will then be judged, and a national winner declared. Prizes will be awarded to top learners, as well as special certificates.
Themes to be tested:
  1. Climate & climate change
  2. Hazards & hazard management
  3. Resources & resource management
  4. Environmental geography & sustainable development
  5. Landforms, landscapes & land use
  6. Agricultural geography & food problems
  7. Population & population change
  8. Economic geography & globalisation
  9. Development geography & spatial inequality
  10. Urban geography, urban renewal & urban planning
  11. Tourism & tourism management
  12. Cultural geography & regional identities
Required skills:
  1. Mapping skills
  2. Inquiry skills
  3. Graphicacy skills (read, analyse and interpret images, photos, statistics, and graphs)
A key regional focus for 2020 is the Eurasian Continental Divide.
SANGO 2020 has a Bonus Section (with separate prizes) on the Antarctic continent and the 2019 Weddell Sea Expedition.
Competition date:
Registrations open March 2020. The Olympiad runs on 15 September 2020.
Call for Multiple Choice Questions:
Contribute to the MCQ’s for the 2020 online South African National Geography Olympiad (SANGO)!
Download the formatting guidelines and submission procedure here. Submission dates are extended till mid-August.

To Express Interest in your school’s participation visit:
For more information go to:
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