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.
South Africa was crowned the 2018 Pan African Mathematics Olympiad (PAMO) champion. This year 47 contestants from 9 African countries took part in the 26th PAMO. The South African team came out with flying colours ending up as winners in the overall competition, as well as PAMO-G (the competition for girls).
Six Capetonian high school learners have been selected to participate in the 59th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) to be held in Cluj Napoca, Romania from the 03rd till the 14th of July 2018. Last year this prestigious Olympiad took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The 26th Pan African Mathematics Olympiad PAMO/PAMO(G) will take place in Nairobi, Kenya from 23rd to 30th June 2018. The South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) selected six high school learners to represent South Africa at the annual event; the three girls will also compete against other African girls in PAMO-G, which is the mathematics Olympiad for girls.
Grade 4-7 learners are invited to partake in the South African Mathematics Challenge (SAMC) which is taking place in the week of the 07th to 11th of May 2018. This will enable learners to attain the necessary problem solving skills.
A joint initiative between Telkom Foundation, the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) and the Dr CL Smith Foundation aims to improve the quality of mathematics outcomes by offering professionally developed lesson plans and support for grade 10 teachers.
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.