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The SA Maths Olympiad for Grades 8 to 12 learners is the biggest Olympiad in the country,    Read more....

SA Maths Challenge

Entries for the 2017 SA Maths Challenge for Grades 4 to 7 learners are open. Click on link for the entry form-   Read more....
SA Maths Challenge Sponsor

SAMF is a non-profit company with Public Benefit Status. There are some distinct benefits with becoming involved in mathematics education in partnering with SAMF.   Read more....




The South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) is registered as a non profit organisation aiming to advance the mathematics development and education of South African children and young people through improved quality teaching and learning of mathematics as well as through public awareness activities. The company was founded in 2004 by the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA) and the South African Mathematical Society (SAMS).

The SAMF serves as a national office for mathematics to promote the effective co-ordination, administration and advancement of mathematics in South Africa.

The SAMF identified four thrusts:

  • Learner Development 
  • Teacher Development 
  • Advocacy 
  • Research 


The national Mathematics team earned two bronze medals to end their campaign ranked 60th out of 111th countries at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
This year 46 official contestants from 10 African countries took part in the 25th Pan African Mathematics Olympiad (PAMO) from 1 to 6 July in Rabat, Morocco. The South African team came third overall, behind Morocco and Tunisia with four individual bronze medals.
Meet Emil van der Walt -Thursday, June 08, 2017
Emil van der Walt talks to RSG about his selection for the SA team to the 2017 International Maths Olympiad and his passion for maths. According to Emil talent his not enough - he spends approximately 20 hours per week studying mathematics.
Latest from blog master: Prof Michael de Villiers
Does society need IMO Medalists?

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 provocative, and the three problems in the APPENDIX stimulating. (The appendix is available for downloading separately at the provided link).

Does society need IMO Medalists?

(Invited talk at the IMO Forum at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on 11 July 2016)

Siu Man Keung

Department of Mathematics

University of Hong Kong


The title of this talk that sounds provocative is not chosen...

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Who Needs Mathematics?

The world we are living in is faced with many problems some of which are pollution, global warming, over-population, starvation, traffic congestion, crime, corruption, terrorism and war. In combating and addressing some of these problems, mathematics as the language of modern science generally, can play a big role. The applications of mathematics pervade our society: from the listening to digital music to the prediction of weather; from estimating fish populations to analyzing the spread of an epidemic, from politics to the arts, from medicine to sport, from optimizing the running of a busines...

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A Critique of the School Mathematics Curriculum
Prof. Michael de Villiers
The mathematics curriculum at South African schools provides valuable skills in dealing with numbers and studying geometrical objects using graphs, trigonometry, coordinate geometry and so on. However, for various reasons, teaching and assessment are inclined to treat many fundamental ideas superficially, so much so that non-routine problems are largely downplayed.
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The Work of Teaching
The Work of Teaching

In this video 'The Work of Teaching' by Deborah Ball the challenges facing mathematics teacher are outlined. Not only do good mathematics teachers require solid content knowledge, but they also need a sound pedagogical understanding of the difficulties learners may experience as well as the positive intuitions they may bring to the classroom.

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