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

SA Maths Challenge

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

SA Maths Challenge Sponsor

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







South African Mathematics Olympiad: First Round, 12 March

Olympiad Organisers can download the 1st round papers. Register as online user to gain access. For assistance contact the Project Manager at 012 392 9316 or



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 aims firstly, to advance the mathematical skills of South African learners through improved quality teaching and learning, and secondly, to improve and develop public awareness of the role mathematics play in the broader society in which it functions. 

The SAMF identified four thrusts:

  • Learner Development 
  • Teacher Development 
  • Advocacy 
  • Research 

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The 27th Pan African Mathematics Olympiad (PAMO) is taking place in South Africa from 31 March to 6 April 2019. A record number of 13 countries have registered for this prestigious event hosted by the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) and the African Institute for Mathematical Science (AIMS) in Muizenberg, Cape Town.
Throughout her career Professor Kerstin Jordaan, newly appointed Executive Director of the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF), has made a substantial contribution to inclusive growth and development in Mathematics by providing leadership, support and guidance to grass-root initiatives of Mathematics educators and researchers. It is these skills she wants to bring to SAMF to enhance the way Mathematics can contribute to a vibrant and innovative South Africa.
The 2019 leg of the South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMO) is underway and entries close on the 1st of February. Secondary schools are urged to enter any eligible high school learner to test and enhance their problem solving skills.
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