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Earlier this afternoon the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) and Old Mutual hosted the 2020 Annual Awards Function as a live broadcast on the SAMF YouTube channel. The event honoured learners, schools, and teachers that achieved in the various development programmes run by the organisation every year.
The quality of mathematics education in South Africa has been a topic of discussion for many years. Mathematically gifted learners tend to seek careers in software development, medicine, engineering, and accounting. It is unusual for mathematically talented students to pursue a teaching career, which presents the country with severe challenges in terms of mathematics education.
On Saturday, 17 October 2020 a total of 111 teams from 25 regions competed for the top team position in the ASSA South African Mathematics Team Competition sponsored by the Actuarial Society of South Africa.
South Africa's investment in education has grown in recent decades. But while access to primary education expanded, the state of South Africa's education largely lags international standards. Be a hero and contribute towards the Mathematics Guardian Fund.
New book to help improve mathematics -Wednesday, 14 October 2020
The South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) is proud to announce the launch of a new book to help learners from Grades 7 to 12 improve their mathematics skills. The book, 1000 Mathematics Olympiad Problems, by Prof Poobhalan Pillay, has been a work-in-progress since 2014 and he spent more than 8,000 hours to compile it.
Last week, six high school learners participated in the 61st International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). The results were announced during the virtual closing ceremony earlier today and the South African team walked away with three bronze medals and three honourable mentions.
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.
On Saturday, 22 August 205 tertiary students from eight Universities participated in the annual South African Tertiary Mathematics Olympiad (SATMO) that is sponsored by the Actuarial Society of South Africa (ASSA). The overall winner is Ralph McDougall from the University of Stellenbosch followed by Aaron Naidu from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Both Ralph, an electrical and electronic engineering student and Aaron, who is studying data science, are past winners of the South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMO) in 2018 and 2019 respectively.