South African Bridge Federation
AffiliationWorld Bridge Federation
Affiliation date1960
Regional affiliationAfrican Bridge Federation
PresidentJames Grant[1]
SecretaryKit Gilmour
Official website
South Africa

The South African Bridge Federation (SABF) is the national governing body, custodian and regulator for the card game of bridge in South Africa. SABF is affiliated to the world governing body World Bridge Federation (WBF),[2] the regional continental body African Bridge Federation (ABF), and SASCOC.[3]

SABF organises national competitions such as the South African Bridge Congress,[4][5] and the SABF Interclub.[6] Every 2 years the SABF enters teams in the African Zonals and should they qualify will go on to represent South Africa in one or more of the 4 sections of the World Bridge Championships being the Bermuda Bowl (Open), the Venice Cup (Women), D' Orsi Bowl (Seniors) and the Wuhan Cup (Mixed)).[7]


South African Bridge Federation (SABF) was established in 1954, while its affiliation to World Bridge Federation (WBF) was achieved in 1960.[8][9] In 1984, an attempt to expel SABF from international events and the WBF due to the apartheid policies of the South African government was averted when the SABF agreed not to send teams to competitions unless invited.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "SABF trails 2017". SABF. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Zonal and National Organization - World Bridge Federation". WBF. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  3. ^ "South African Bridge Federation". SASCOC. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Australian Bridge Federation : South African Bridge Federation Congress 2017". Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Bridge players come up trumps". za. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Bridge team gets better and better". Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  7. ^ "43rd WORLD BRIDGE TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIPS / Team Participants". WBF. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  8. ^ South Africa - South African State Department of Information, 1986. 1986. p. 836. ISBN 9780797005532. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  9. ^ South Africa: sport and recreation. 1985. p. 8. ISBN 9780621097351. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Bridge:Agreement Settles the Issue Of the Status of South Africa". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 October 2017.