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SA mathematics teams compete for top position

Thursday, 22 October 2020

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.

Of the 58 junior teams, the Western Cape Junior A-team achieved first place, followed by the Cape Town Southern Suburbs Junior A-team. There were 53 senior teams of which the Western Cape Senior A-team took the lead points ahead of the WITS Siyanqoba Senior A-team. Casio sponsored watches to the members of the two winning teams.

Each team enters two teams of ten: Junior (grades 8 and 9), Senior (grades 10, 11 and 12) and may also enter B, C, and D teams at each level. The first part of the Competition is a one-hour individual problem paper, consisting of 15 problems in multiple-choice format. After a break for refreshments and a discussion of team strategy, the second part of the Competition takes place. The second paper consists of ten quite difficult problems, but now the teams may work together and must submit just one set of answers.

Other top teams are:

Junior division:

  • 3rd Free State/Northern Cape Siyanqoba Junior A-team
  • 4th WITS Siyanqoba Junior B-team
  • 5th WITS Siyanqoaba Junior C-team


Senior division:

  • 3rd Western Cape Senior B-team
  • 4th Cape Town Southern Suburbs Senior A-team
  • 5th UKZN Siyanqoba Senior A-team


“As the professional body for a profession that offers significant opportunities for people with strong mathematical skills, the Actuarial Society is proud to have been associated as a sponsor of this competition for the past 18 years and look forward to continuing into the future,” says Mike McDougall, Chief Executive at ASSA. “We also thank the participants, SAMF and volunteers for their contribution to making the event such a success.”

 The ASSA SA Mathematics Team Competition is one of several learner development programmes coordinated by the South African Mathematics Foundation. For all the results visit

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