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Wits Siyanqoba teams crowned as winners of the 2019 ASSA Mathematics Team Competition

Friday, 13 September 2019

Wits Siyanqoba teams crowned as winners of the 2019 ASSA Mathematics Team Competition

Siyanqoba Wits Junior Team A team retained their ASSA Mathematics Team Competition crown on Saturday the 7th of September. The Siyanqoba Wits Senior Team A won the competition for the first time this year. 102 teams from 25 centres participated in the competition organised by the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF).

The annual Mathematics Team Competition, sponsored by the Actuarial Society of South Africa, aims to develop mathematical skills of talented learners who have been identified through the South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMO) and other SAMF Olympiad programmes, such as the Siyanqoba Regional Olympiad Training Programme.  This programme is sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology and consists of bi-weekly classes at eleven centres across the country concentrating on developing mathematical problem-solving skills. This year, 6 Siyanqoba centres participated in the ASSA South African Mathematics Team Competition, namely the Algoa College of Education in Port Elizabeth, University of Pretoria, University of Venda,Centre of Excellence in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (WITS), Tshwane University of Technology and University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Each team enters two teams of ten: Junior (grades 8 and 9), Senior (grades 10 to 12) and may also enter additional teams at each level. The first part of the competition is a one-hour individual paper, consisting of 15 problems in multiple-choice format. The second paper consists of ten problems and the teams work together and submit one set of answers.

Prof Kerstin Jordaan, Executive Director of SAMF congratulates the teams “The teams’ hard work and persistence has really paid off. Winning the ASSA Mathematics Team Competition is a great achievement,” she said.

Mike McDougall, Chief Executive, Actuarial Society of South Africa is honoured to help in advancing Mathematics education. “The Actuarial Society is proud of our long-standing involvement with the Maths Olympiad.  While being equally proud of our broad-based promotion of mathematics through our partnership with Paper Video, we strongly support the work of SAMF in enhancing problem-solving skills and fostering enthusiasm for mathematics through the Olympiad”, he said.

Members of the two winning teams will receive their ASSA trophy and sponsored Casio watches and the SAMF annual award function on the 14th of September in Gordon’s Bay.

The full results are available on

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