The SA Orthopaedic Journal (SAOJ) is the official journal of the South African Orthopaedic Association (SAOA). It is a non-profit, peer-reviewed scientific publication. The objectives of the Association include the advancement of the science and art of Orthopaedic Surgery in South Africa and the SAOJ serves to fulfill this objective.

The South African Orthopaedic Association

The Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Group (OSG) was established in 1942 during a meeting convened by Dr GT Du Toit. In 1951 Sir R Watson-Jones invited the OSG to attend the first meeting of the Orthopaedic Associations of the English-speaking World in London and to affiliate with the World Association. Following this the South African Orthopaedic Association was constituted in November 1952, with an initial membership of 45.1

The South African Orthopaedic Journal

The SA Orthopaedic Journal was established by the SAOA in 2002 under the editorship of Prof R Grabe. It was the first peer reviewed orthopaedic journal published on the continent of Africa. An on-line platform was added following acceptance of the journal to the Academy of Sciences of South Africa.


  1. Heywood B, Van Niekerk J. Orthopaedic Surgery in South Africa.