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

New (final) round 2 and 3 dates  -

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SA Maths Challenge

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

There will be no SAMC Final Round this year due to COVID-19. New Second Round dates -


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




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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’s vision is to play a leading role in expanding the base of mathematics excellence in South Africa by contributing towards professional development of mathematics educators, promoting the advancement of mathematics through creating awareness of and developing skills in mathematics, research, advocacy and identifying and nurturing of mathematically talented youth towards an innovative landscape in South Africa for science, business, finance and engineering.


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This Saturday, the 14th of March 2020 is a worldwide celebration of the International Day of Mathematics (IDM). This year’s theme “Mathematics is everywhere” aims to celebrate the beauty and importance of mathematics and its essential role in everyday life. The IDM was proclaimed by UNESCO at their General Conference in 2019 and is led by the International Mathematical Union (IMU) with the support of 800 international and regional organisations from all over the world hosting events.
Old Mutual Limited has partnered with the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) as headline sponsor for the South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMO), a national competition for Grade 8 - 12 learners.
Saturday, 12 October 2019, was a day of pride and joy as parents/guardians and teachers gathered at Montecasino’s Ballroom to celebrate the exceptional brain power of their bundles of joy at the NESTLÉ NESPRAY South African Mathematics Challenge Awards. The Ballroom was a buzz with activity as 22 top young mathematicians were awarded the highest honours. The event was the culmination of a robust mathematics season which saw almost 83 000 students participating from over 1000 schools that entered the Challenge this year. Top students from both junior and senior divisions got to walk away with the coveted award and title of the NESTLÉ NESPRAY South African Mathematics Challenge winners and runners-up which included a prestigious certificate, a medal and a cash prize.
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Going beyond the curriculum: SAMF Olympiad Programmes

By Ellie Olivier

There is a famous anecdote about a renowned mathematician, John von Neumann. A friend of Von Neumann gave him a problem to solve: two cyclist A and B, at a distance of 20 miles apart...

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2019 NSW: Maths Puzzle 6

6th puzzle by Dr Harry Wiggins (Reverse fun)

Did you know 2178 x 4 = 8712?

Find all ten-digit numbers which becomes 9 times bigger if the order of the digits is reversed.

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2019 NSW: Maths Puzzle 5

5th puzzle by Dr Harry Wiggins (All in the family)

Nxolo has four children with different ages.  The two daughters are Cindy and Letshego and the two sons have names Thabo and Zuma. Once, at a dinner...

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2019 NSW: Maths Puzzle 4

4th puzzle by Dr Harry Wiggins (Money, money, money)

Two choices today. Solve either puzzle (a) or (b) and post your interesting comments.

(a) If in South Africa, you only get two types of coins: R1...

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2019 NSW: Maths Puzzle 3

3rd puzzle by Dr Harry Wiggins (Complete the grid)

Fill in each space of the grid with one of the numbers 1, 2, . . . , 30, using each number once. For 1 ≤ n ≤ 29, the two spaces containing n and n +...

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