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SA’s Top University Mathematics Students

Friday, 28 August 2020

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.

The universities that participated, ranked by performance, were the University of Pretoria, University of the Witwatersrand, Stellenbosch University, University of KwaZulu Natal, Rhodes University, University of the Western Cape, University of Venda, and University of the Free State.

The SATMO is open to all undergraduate students. In other words, any student enrolled at a university, who have not been studying for more than four years.

"There is no strict syllabus for the SATMO. Generally, we aim for ingenuity rather than subject knowledge," explains Prof. Kerstin Jordaan, Executive Director at the SAMF. "We would like to congratulate all the participants but specifically Ralph and Aaron on their achievements."

“We are proud to be associated with this competition,” says Lusani Mulaudzi, the President of ASSA. “The aim of the Tertiary Mathematics Olympiad is to improve mathematics skills, and in so-doing, drive the technological changes that are required in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

Universities that would like to participate in next year's competition can contact Herman Bosman (South African Mathematics Foundation, herman@samf.ac.za).

The Top performers by year of study:

Name & Surname

University

Year of study

Aaron Naidu

University of KwaZulu Natal

1

Sachin Reddy

University of KwaZulu Natal

1

Louis Nel

University of Pretoria

1

Ralph McDougall

Stellenbosch University

2

Callan Kotzen

University of the Witwatersrand

2

Clarence Chishaka

University of Pretoria

2

James Murray Louw

University of Pretoria

3

Lloyd Mahadeo

University of KwaZulu Natal

3

Michael Beukman

University of the Witwatersrand

3

Lourens van Niekerk

Stellenbosch University

H

Adriaan de Clercq

University of Pretoria

H

Yuan Jimmy

University of the Witwatersrand

H

Fortune Moruta

University of Pretoria

4

Camille Naidoo

University of KwaZulu Natal

4

Emile du Plessis

Stellenbosch University

5

 

The university rankings:

 

Rank:

1

University of Pretoria

2

University of the Witwatersrand

3

Stellenbosch University

4

University of kwaZulu Natal

5

Rhodes University

6

University of the Western Cape

7

University of Venda

8

University of the Free State

 

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