Mathematics is a critical subject to unlocking the potential of young people, and indeed to improve South Africa's long-term economic prospects through the acquisition and application of critical skills to drive our competitiveness.
The Grade 12 results for Mathematics have recently been released. 245103 learners wrote the final examination in comparison with 265810 in 2016 – a decline of more than 20000.
Kgaogelo Bopape is an avid mathematics grade 9 learner from Horizon International School in Johannesburg. At age 15 he has made his mark as one of the country’s talented maths stars.
Andi Qu is a dynamic learner that is motivated to take risks and gets an adrenaline rush from participating in class discussions which has proven to work in his favour. He plays chess with one less pawn and does his maths problems in pen. Although the Western Cape again walked away with the most of the SAMO national awards, Gauteng has done reasonably well with 10 learners and 3 schools receiving recognition for the performance in the SAMO. A total of 6821 Gauteng learners from 241 schools participated in the 2nd round of the SAMO of which 59 Learners from 40 schools qualified for the Final Round of the SAMO.
National awards honour great young minds
South Africa’s greatest minds were honoured this past weekend for their performance in the South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMO) for high school learners.
On Saturday, the 9th of September 2017 learners from South Africa and neighbouring countries took part in the ASSA South African Maths Team competition organised by the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF). Western Province Senior A team and Wits Siyanqoba Junior A team won the competition.
National Science Week (NSW), an annual week-long event coordinated by the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology, is now in its 18th year and will run from 5 to 12 August 2017.
The national Mathematics team earned two bronze medals to end their campaign ranked 60th out of 111th countries at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
This year 46 official contestants from 10 African countries took part in the 25th Pan African Mathematics Olympiad (PAMO) from 1 to 6 July in Rabat, Morocco. The South African team came third overall, behind Morocco and Tunisia with four individual bronze medals.
Emil van der Walt talks to RSG about his selection for the SA team to the 2017 International Maths Olympiad and his passion for maths. According to Emil talent his not enough - he spends approximately 20 hours per week studying mathematics.