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Tim Denton is a Grade 12 learner at Bryanston High School, one of a handful of learners recently honoured for their achievements in the second round of the South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMO) that took place in May this year.


Oluwasanya (Sanya) Awee, a Grade 11 learner at the African Leadership Academy (ALA), is one of a handful of High School learners who will be honoured for their accomplishments in the second round of the South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMF) at Hoërskool Menlopark on 4 September.


Rory Ellis is a Grade 9 learner at St David’s Marist Inanda and one of a handful of High School learners who will be honoured for their achievements in the second round of the South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMO) at Hoërskool Menlopark next week.


Mandy van den Berg has taught Mathematics in KwaZulu-Natal; Hobart, Tasmania and is currently a teacher at St Mary’s DSG in Pretoria. She is the teacher of Roulin Zhao, one of four pupils in Gauteng province to have achieved first position in the South African Maths Olympiad (SAMO).


When 16-year old Ulrik De Muelenaere was told of the news of his attaining second prize as one of Gauteng's top provincial contestants in the South African Mathematics Olympiad’s (SAMO), he was ecstatic. “I am thankful for the opportunities I have. I try to do the best I can and see where it takes me,” he said.


Emilia Maenaut from Crawford College in Pretoria came third as top provincial contestants in Round 2 (Junior division) of the South African Mathematics Olympiad’s (SAMO). Emilia, a Grade 8 learner, said she was “proud” of herself on hearing the good news. Emilia will write the final round of the SAMO on 9 September 2013.


Manie van Rensburg is one of those “old school" Maths teachers who developed a flair for numbers whilst he was at school. And his decision to teach stemmed from his days as a matric pupil who took charge of the class when his teacher was absent.


It was after dabbling with a two-year stint as an investment banker and lecturing to engineering students for two years that Bronwyn de Beer decided that she had a calling as a Maths teacher. In the light of South Africa’s poor performance in the subject globally, we should be grateful for such selfless and dedicated educators. De Beer is currently a Maths teacher at Crawford College in Pretoria.


Stefan du Toit was excited about being one of the four pupils who was placed first as top provincial contestants in Round 2 (senior division) of the South African Maths Olympiad (SAMO). Stefan is a Grade 12 pupil at Hoërskool Menlopark. He will write the final round on 9 September 2013.


Ester Cloete has been a Maths teacher for the past 24 years and she has a passion for teaching the subject. Her greatest influence was her Maths teacher, Mr Dieter Bohmer. It is thanks to this type of “supply chain” that maths teachers are being “replenished”, thus addressing the gloomy position of South Africa being ranked 143 of 144 countries in terms of maths performance. Cloete is a Maths teacher at Hoërskool Menlopark.
 
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