Registration open for 2022 maths contests

Teachers can now register pupils to participate in the national mathematics competitions hosted by the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF).

The South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) says teachers can now register pupils for two of the organisation’s maths competitions.

For the first time in the Foundation’s history, both competitions have full digital capabilities for the registration and payment processes, and the first-round papers.

The NESTLÉ NESPRAY South African Mathematics Challenge (SAMC) is open for all Grades 4 to 7s, and the Old Mutual South African Mathematics Olympiad, co-sponsored by the South African Institute for Chartered Accountants (SAICA), welcomes all Grades 8 to 12s.

Both contests are open to all schools in South Africa and neighbouring countries. Schools that rely solely on the government for funding – known as Quintile 1 and 2 schools – can register their learners free of charge.

Quintile 3, 4 and 5 schools and private schools pay a nominal registration fee. For the first time this year, schools will have an option to write the first rounds of both competitions online.

Parents who want to register their children must reach out to the school’s mathematics teacher. The entry forms will be available on

Registrations for the olympiad closes on Monday February 21, 2022 and for the challenge on Thursday February 24. For more information, send an email to