Natural Science Olympiad®


The aim of the Natural Science Olympiad® is to identify and nurture talent in Natural Science, Life Science and Accounting; to increase the number of learners who opt for Physical Science, Life Science, Accounting and Mathematics at high schools; and to act as a feeder for SAASTA’s National Science Olympiad for grades 10 – 12, which is now in its 53rd year.

The aim of the Olympiad is also to help learners prepare for the year’s upcoming natural science syllabus and showcase some of South Africa’s brightest young scientists in the making.

Preparation for the Natural Science Olympiad starts at the beginning of the year, when schools register for the competition and learners start preparing for the examination.

The national paper will be written on 16 May 2019. After that, the national and provincial winners, the top girl learner, the top learner per grade, and the representatives from top performing schools in the different categories visit the National Zoological Gardens and Sci-Enza Science Centre at the University of Pretoria and attend the award ceremony in Gauteng, courtesy of SAASTA.

The competition questions are designed to encourage all learners, those who love science and those who have never been exposed to the fascinating world of science, to take Physical Sciences and Mathematics at high school level and to consider a career in science, engineering or technology.

Enter the 2019 Natural Science Olympiad

Please note that entries for the 2019 Olympiads have closed. Entries will no longer be accepted.

  1. The entry fee for both the National and Natural Science Olympiads is R35.00 per learner per paper.
  2. Learners can enroll for either Physical Sciences or Life Sciences or both subjects
  3. The examination date will be:
    15 May 2019 for the Physical Sciences Paper (grades 10-12) and
    16 May 2019 for Natural Sciences (grades 4-6, 7-9) and Life Sciences (grade 10-12)
  4. All papers are available in both English and Afrikaans
  1. Complete the attached form and return it to SAASTA as soon as possible.
  2. Schools are encouraged to register using the online platform at In case you are unable to use the online platform, please confirm that your school’s entry has been received
  3. The entry fee for learners will be R35.00 per learner.
  4.  Special arrangements can be made for schools/learners that cannot afford the entry fee. Principals should contact us for details before 01 December 2018.
  5. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions:
    Officials: Mr Ramoloi Maxalaba / Mrs
    Erna Taljaard
    Tel: 012 392 9300/9346/9337
    Fax: 086 603 4174

The Natural Science Olympiad will include 50% of the school curriculum

  • Please help motivate your learners to experience the thrill of competing with others from around the country in the Natural Science Olympiad as part of SAASTA’s Primary School Science Intervention (PSSI).
  • Help coordinate learners’ participation in this
  • Only learners in grade 4 – 9 may enter to compete for a range of exciting prizes.
  • Help your learners to prepare for the Natural Science syllabus.

Although the prizes are significant, most of the past participants have noted that it was participation in the Natural Science Olympiad that was most important to them as it exposed them to fascinating new knowledge.

Each learner receives a certificate with their results after the Olympaid. The following special prizes are also be given out to the following top performers:

  • Top girl learners
  • Top performing schools
  • National winners
  • Top learner per grade

Learners could win:

  • Tablets
  • iPads
  • Laptops
  • Trophies,
  • Medals 
  • Certificates


  • All learners should be entered before the
    closing date.
  • The Natural Science Olympiad examination will be written on Thursday 16 May 2019 from 09:00 – 12:00 under your supervision at the school (no need to worry about transport).
  • Results and certificates are sent to schools. Certificates will be awarded to learners obtaining 50% and above
  • SAASTA will ensure that question papers are distributed to schools before the exam and examination answer books are collected after the examination has been written.


For more enquiries

Erna Taljaard

+27 (0)12 392 9337