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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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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’s vision is to play a leading role in expanding the base of mathematics excellence in South Africa by contributing towards professional development of mathematics educators, promoting the advancement of mathematics through creating awareness of and developing skills in mathematics, research, advocacy and identifying and nurturing of mathematically talented youth towards an innovative landscape in South Africa for science, business, finance and engineering.


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Upskilling of mathematics teachers underway -Tuesday, 15 September 2020
The South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) in partnership with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Schools Enrichment Centre (AIMSSEC) is happy to announce that its Mathematics Teacher Online Training course finally kicked off on 17 August after COVID-19 delayed the original starting date.
The South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) is happy to announce that its two main mathematics enrichment programmes for primary and secondary learners are back on track after a postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Six young South African mathematicians will be representing the country at the 61st International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) later this month. They are Kgaogelo Bopape (Grade 12) from Horizon International School in Gauteng, Kerry Porrill (Grade 11) from Cannons Creek Independent School in the Western Cape, Andi Qu (Grade 12) from St John's College in Gauteng, Emmanuel Rassou (Grade 10) from South African College Schools in the Western Cape, Juliette Roux (Grade 10) from Herchel Girls' High School in the Western Cape, and Jean Weight (Grade 12) from Curro Hermanus in the Western Cape.
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Going beyond the curriculum: SAMF Olympiad Programmes

By Ellie Olivier

There is a famous anecdote about a renowned mathematician, John von Neumann. A friend of Von Neumann gave him a problem to solve: two cyclist A and B, at a distance of 20 miles apa...

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2019 NSW: Maths Puzzle 6

6th puzzle by Dr Harry Wiggins (Reverse fun)

Did you know 2178 x 4 = 8712?

Find all ten-digit numbers which becomes 9 times bigger if the order of the digits is reversed.

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2019 NSW: Maths Puzzle 5

5th puzzle by Dr Harry Wiggins (All in the family)

Nxolo has four children with different ages.  The two daughters are Cindy and Letshego and the two sons have names Thabo and Zuma. Once, at a dinner...

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2019 NSW: Maths Puzzle 4

4th puzzle by Dr Harry Wiggins (Money, money, money)

Two choices today. Solve either puzzle (a) or (b) and post your interesting comments.

(a) If in South Africa, you only get two types of coins: R1...

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2019 NSW: Maths Puzzle 3

3rd puzzle by Dr Harry Wiggins (Complete the grid)

Fill in each space of the grid with one of the numbers 1, 2, . . . , 30, using each number once. For 1 ≤ n ≤ 29, the two spaces containing n and n +...

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