Maths gurus on the Horizon

MATHEMATICIANS: Horizon High School’s Kgaogelo Bopape and Malwande Nkonyane. *Photo: Lucky Thusi.

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 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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Lucky Thusi
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