Maths gurus on the Horizon

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46  contestants from 10 African countries took part in the 25th Pan African Mathematics Olympiad (PAMO) from 1 to 6 July in Rabat, Morocco. The South African team came third overall, behind Morocco and Tunisia with four individual bronze medals.

Emile Tredoux (Grade 11, Parklands College), Malwande Nkonyane (Grade11, Horizon International High School), Emma Nel (Grade 12, Hoërskool Outeniqua) and Klara Eybers (Grade 10, Hoërskool Menlopark) won bronze medals at the 2017 PAMO.


The other team members were Rauseenah Upadhey (Grade 11, Westerford High School) and Kgaugelo Bopape (Grade 9, Horizon International High School).

Southern Courier news:

TWO Horizon High School learners represented South Africa with aplomb at the recent Pan African Maths Olympiad held in Morocco’s capital, Rabat.

Grade Nine Kgaogelo Bopape (14) and Grade 11 Malwande Nkonyane (16), who were part of the team of six to represent SA in a week-long Maths Olympiad, came third. Eleven countries participated in the competition.

In preparation for the event, they went to Cape Town with other South African contestants. “We had South African national coaches mentor us before we left for Rabat,” said Kgaogelo.

Malwande explained to the COURIER what transpired in Rabat. “We each had a two-day paper with three problems to solve. Each day we would sit for and hours. These problems are more complex than the ones at school. You need to use what you have to prove the solution. We were mentally prepared because we were told that it would be hard to compete with other countries. Strategies are more important when solving these problems,” he explained.

They both want to do their best in next year’s Olympiad.

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