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The South African Mathematics Olympiad for Grades 8 to 12 learners is the biggest Olympiad in the country,    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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The South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) hosted mathematical activities during the 20th National Science Week (NSW) to share the beauty and importance of mathematics at Mams Mall in Mamelodi, Pretoria. The NSW is an annual week-long event coordinated by the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology (DST).
South Africa moves up in rankings at International Mathematical Olympiad South Africa won four bronze medals at the 60th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) and is ranked 46th out of 112 countries. The United Kingdom hosted the world’s brightest mathletes from the 10th till the 22nd of July 2019.
The University of Pretoria (UP) in association with the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (IGPME), is hosting an international conference themed Improving Access to the Power of Mathematics (PME 43), from 7 -12 July 2019 at UP’s Groenkloof Campus.
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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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2019 NSW: Maths Puzzle 2

2nd puzzle by Dr Harry Wiggins (Helping Hercules)

Hydra is a serpentine water monster that lives in the lake of Lerna. It is Hercules's task to kill this monster (the second task of his Twelve Labors...

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