The ASSA South African Mathematics Team Competition (previously known as the Inter Provincial Mathematics Olympiad) has been a regular event since 1990.
A province, district or region does not coincide with any official nine provinces of the country and neighbouring countries are also welcome to participate.
Each team enters two teams of ten: Junior (grades 8 and 9), Senior (grades 10, 11 and 12) and may also enter B,C,D, teams at each level. The first part of the Competition kicks off at 2 p.m. and is a one-hour individual problem paper, consisting of 20 problems in multiple-choice format. After a break for refreshments and a discussion of team strategy, the second part of the Competition takes place. The second paper consists of ten quite difficult problems, but now the teams may work together and must submit just one set of answers.
Papers are marked at once, and teams scores are phoned, faxed or e-mailed the SAMF office. When all scores are in, the rankings are sent back to the provinces at about 5 pm.
With sponsorship from the Actuarial Society of South Africa and Casio, financial support is available to all participating provinces to provide T-shirts, certificates and refreshments for their teams.