Senior winner Nicholas Kroon and junior winner Aaron Naidu.
Mathematics awards for SA’s top learners and schools
The SA Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) annual awards function took place on the 24thof September at the Kopanong Conference Centre in Benoni. During this ceremony, prizes were awarded in the two premier mathematics competions in the country, the South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMO) for high school learners and the South African Mathematics Challenge (SAMC) for primary school learners. See more.
SA Mathematics Foundation Provincial Awards
The SAMF provincial award functions took place from the 15th till the 22nd of September. The awards function seeks to honour learners who have performed well in the 2016 SAMF Mathematical Olympiad Programmes such as the SAMO, Siyanqoba Regional Olympiad Training Programme and SA Mathematics Olympiad Training Programme.Five of the provincial awards recipients were profiled, kindly click on the links below to view the profiles.
Western Province teams are the winners of the 2016 ASSA Mathematics team competition
On Saturday the 10th of September 2016 the ASSA Mathematics Team Competition took place. This was a great challenge for all the learners as they had to participate in groups of 10 learners each. A total of 79 teams from 15 regions participated in the annual competition, organised by the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF). See more.
Inadequate in-service training of secondary schools Mathematics teachers in South Africa
The state of training of high school Mathematics teachers is generally poor throughout the country. The South African Mathematics Foundation’s Advisory Committee on Mathematics (ACM) has initiated a study to determine the status of formal in-service training programmes for in-service mathematics educators in South African High Schools. The study targeted short courses on offer by current Higher Education institutions or NGO’s. See more.
Who needs Mathematics?
SAMF hosted mathematical activities during the National Science Week (NSW) from the 9th till the 13th of August 2016 at different venues in Pretoria. Activities included teacher training,an information session about different mathematical careers and a maths relay for both primary and secondary school learners. There also an “I hate maths” session for teachers and learners and a calculator activity for teachers.See more.
South African Team ranked 58th at International Mathematical Olympiad
Hong Kong hosted the world’s brightest mathletes at the 57th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) from the 6th till the 16th of July. South Africa won one bronze medal and is ranked 58th out of 109 countries. See more.
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As part of the Mandela Week initiative in memory of the iconic former statesman in the week of his birthday, staff of the SAMF visited Thohoyandou Primary School in Atteridgeville, Pretoria. The purpose of the day was to create an opportunity to share the beauty and importance of mathematics. We started the day by explaining that Nelson Mandela’s prison number 46664 is a palindromic number – we called it the Magic Madiba Number. Although most of the learners knew Nelson Mandela’s prison number, nobody knew what a palindromic number is.
SAMF as NPC was established in 2004 and serves as a national office for mathematics. The office is powered by a superb team of professionals who work co-operatively with government, schools and other stakeholders in order to improve maths education in South Africa.