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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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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....






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 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.
NESTLÉ NESPRAY brought together stakeholders in education and nutrition sectors both private and public in a panel discussion to discuss solutions aimed at boosting learner’s mathematics performance of primary school learners in the intermediate phase in South Africa. At the event they launched the NESTLÉ NESPRAY South African Mathematics Challenge, an annual competition for primary school learners organised by the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF).
South Africa ready to take on the IMO -Thursday, 23 May 2019
Six high school learners have been selected to participate in the 60th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) to be held in Bath, the United Kingdom from the 10th till the 22nd of July 2019.
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