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The South African Mathematics Olympiad for Grades 8 to 12 learners is the biggest Olympiad in the country,    Read more....

SA Maths Challenge

The South African Mathematics Challenge is a national competition for Grades 4 to 7 learnersRead more....

SA Maths Challenge Sponsor

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The South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF), a non profit company, was founded in 2004 by the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA) and the South African Mathematical Society (SAMS)

SAMF aims firstly, to advance the mathematical skills of South African learners through improved quality teaching and learning, and secondly, to improve and develop public awareness of the role mathematics play in the broader society in which it functions. 

The SAMF identified four thrusts:

  • Learner Development 
  • Teacher Development 
  • Advocacy 
  • Research 
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The South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) has honoured outstanding learners and teachers for their performance in the 2018 South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMO) and the South African Mathematics Challenge (SAMC).
Western Province A and Wits Siyanqoba A teams retain their ASSA Mathematics Team Competition crown on Saturday the 8th of September. 87 teams from 16 regions took part in the competition organised by the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF).
Romania hosted the world’s brightest mathletes at the 59th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) from the 3rd till the 14th of July. South Africa won one bronze medal and is ranked 62nd out of 107 countries.
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2018 NSW: Maths Puzzle 6

6th puzzle by Dr Harry Wiggins

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2018 NSW: Maths Puzzle 5
5th puzzle by Dr Harry Wiggins

A teacher wrote a VERY LARGE number on the board and then he wrote 60 lines.

The 1st line is: "The number is divisible by 2.
The 2nd line is: "The number is di...
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2018 NSW: Maths Puzzle 4

4th puzzle by Dr Harry Wiggins

It is Nxolo's birthday. She has one big cake and wants to divide it into the many pieces. She knows the number of people at her birthday party is either 20 or 18. W...

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2018 NSW: Maths Puzzle 3
Dr Henry Wiggins

3rd puzzle by Dr Harry Wiggins

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In this Blog, the invited presentation of Siu Man Keung at the IMO Forum during IMO 2016 in Hong Kong, is reproduced here with his permission. We trust readers will find his title and presentation pro...

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