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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....

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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....




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 South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) has honoured outstanding learners and teachers for their performance in the 2018 South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMO) and the South African Mathematics Challenge (SAMC).
Western Province A and Wits Siyanqoba A teams retain their ASSA Mathematics Team Competition crown on Saturday the 8th of September. 87 teams from 16 regions took part in the competition organised by the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF).
Romania hosted the world’s brightest mathletes at the 59th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) from the 3rd till the 14th of July. South Africa won one bronze medal and is ranked 62nd out of 107 countries.
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