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Conscious that the future prosperity of South Africa depends on increased numbers of mathematically qualified personnel, the two professional societies for mathematics in the country, the South African Mathematical Society (SAMS) and the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA), together representing the entire mathematics community in South Africa, acknowledge that there are common areas of operation in terms of mathematics development and education in this country and hence the need to pool the resources of the two organisations to meet the challenges. 

SAMF as NPO was subsequently established in 2004 and serves as a national office for mathematics.  The office is powered by a superb team of professionals who work co-operatively with government, schools and other stakeholders in order to improve maths education in South Africa.

Aims and Objectives

1. To create a mathematically enabling environment, which provides opportunities for all learners to develop to their fullest potential
2. To inculcate a culture of mathematics.
3. To appreciate and acknowledge the critical role of mathematics in the technological environment.
4. To create a broad base for mathematics participation by all stakeholders specifically including the learners and mathematics educators.
5. To create opportunities for global interaction and competitiveness.
6. To popularise mathematics among all South Africans and to assist in improving the public image of mathematics in South Africa, acknowledging the critical role of mathematics in the technological environment.
7. To develop programmes that will contribute to the mathematical development of all South Africans.
8. To impact positively on the standard of mathematics teaching and learning.
9. To promote research in mathematics and mathematics Education.
10. To enable educators to participate in co-curricular programmes in order to provide them with the necessary skills and confidence to meet the challenges of curriculum changes.
11. To provide administrative and logistical support to AMESA and SAMS and to develop a central focus for the societies.
12. To liaise with organisations and stakeholders with similar aims and objectives.

 

 

 

 

 

SAMF Board:

 Prof Kerstin Jordaan  Chairperson (SAMS)
 Dr Vasuthavan Govender   Vice Chair (AMESA)
 Ms Elspeth Mmatladi Khembo  AMESA
 Prof Seithuti Moshokoa  SAMS
 Mr Thomas Masango  Department of Basic Education
 Mr Isaac Ramovha  Department of Science & Technology
 Dr Jabu Nukeri   NRF/SAASTA
 Dr Whitfield Green  Department of Higher Education
 Dr Inger Fabris-Rotelli  SA Statistics Association
 Mr Anele Jafta  Statistics South Africa
 Ms Divya Babu  Actuarial Society of SA
SAMF office:  
Prof Johann Engelbrecht Executive Director
Ms Ellie Olivier Operational Manager
Ms Zanele Ncongolo Secretary