SA Mathematics Olympiad

Old Mutual South African Mathematics Olympiad

Welcome to the Old Mutual South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMO), where mathematical excellence takes centre stage. South Africa's premier Mathematics Olympiad is now closed for 2024 registration. The first round took place on 14 March. The next rounds are on:

9 May - Round 2 (Learners who attain 50% and higher in the first round qualify for the second round.)

25 July - Round 3 (The 100 best senior and 100 best junior learners from the second round qualify for the third round.)


  • Challenge and Inspire: SAMO provides a challenging platform that inspires learners to excel in mathematics.
  • National Recognition: Be part of a nationwide initiative that recognises and celebrates outstanding mathematical achievements.

Key Features:

  • Unparalleled Challenge: SAMO introduces challenging math problems designed to stretch the limits of even the brightest minds. Participants face thought-provoking questions that go beyond the conventional, fostering a unique and intellectually stimulating experience.
  • Triumph through Three Rounds: SAMO unfolds over three rounds, each progressively more demanding. Only the best-of-the-best advance to the final round, where mathematical prowess is showcased and celebrated. It's a journey that separates the exceptional from the extraordinary.
  • Global Recognition at the IMO: Participants reaching the third round are eligible to represent South Africa at the prestigious International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) in 2025. SAMO serves as a gateway to the global stage, offering an opportunity for international recognition and competition.
  • Online Learning Support: Committed to empowering learners, SAMO provides comprehensive online training. Accessible on the Foundation's YouTube channel, this support ensures participants are well-prepared, and equipped with the skills needed to tackle the challenging problems presented in the competition.

    Benefits for Your Learners:

    • Recognition: Stand out with certificates and awards for outstanding performance.
    • Curiosity-Driven Learning: SAMO sets itself apart by posing interesting questions that go beyond classroom boundaries. These thought-provoking challenges aim to spark curiosity and motivate students to explore topics outside the standard curriculum.
    • Practical Benefits for the Future: Success in SAMO opens doors not only to universities but also to future employers. The competition emphasises problem-solving skills, a key requirement in the 21st-century job market. SAMO participants stand out for their ability to think critically and creatively. Participate in SAMO and unlock a spectrum of benefits that go beyond academics, shaping well-rounded individuals ready for the challenges of the future.

    How to Participate:

    1. Online Participation: The new SAMF Online Exam Portal is
    2. Registration for 2025: Follow our Facebook Page for regular updates.

    Contact Us:

    Should you have any questions or require assistance, feel free to contact any of the following SAMO project team members.

    David Ramaboka: [email protected]

    Herman Bosman: [email protected]