Grade 12 Pupil Receives A Bronze Medal At 61st International Maths Ambassador

Bronze medals were awarded to Andi Qu (Grade 12) from St John's College in Gauteng, Kgaogelo Bopape (Grade 12) from Horizon International School in Gauteng, and Jean Weight (Grade 12) from Curro Hermanus in the Western Cape, while Kerry Porrill (Grade 11) from Cannons Creek Independent School in the Western Cape, Emmanuel Rassou (Grade 10) from South African College Schools in the Western Cape, and Juliette Roux (Grade 10) from Herchel Girls' High School in the Western Cape received honourable mentions.
Bronze medals were awarded to Andi Qu (Grade 12) from St John's College in Gauteng, Kgaogelo Bopape (Grade 12) from Horizon International School in Gauteng, and Jean Weight (Grade 12) from Curro Hermanus in the Western Cape, while Kerry Porrill (Grade 11) from Cannons Creek Independent School in the Western Cape, Emmanuel Rassou (Grade 10) from South African College Schools in the Western Cape, and Juliette Roux (Grade 10) from Herchel Girls' High School in the Western Cape received honourable mentions.


Date posted: October 2, 2020

Charles Molele

A GRADE 12 pupil from Soweto has become the country’s first black pupil to garner a bronze medal at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). Kgaogelo Bopape from Horizon International School in Johannesburg earned a bronze medal at the 61st International Mathematical Olympiad.

This year the Olympiad was to be held in the Russian city of St Petersburg, but due to the global coronavirus pandemic, it had to be held virtually with each country supervised by a neutral IMO commissioner.

Soweto resident Bopape represented South Africa along with five other high school learners at IMO which was held last week.

“Kgaogelo is the first black learner in South Africa to achieve this prestigious award and has become a source of great pride for the institution, his community, and the country as a whole,” the Horizon International School proudly announced.

“The key to Kgaogelo’s impressive achievements is his persistence to keep improving himself in what he does. His passion and drive to achieve his personal best at all times is certainly shown in the classroom and all competitive events that he has participated in,” Bopape’s mathematics teacher Huseyin Akinci said.

Bronze medals were awarded to Andi Qu (Grade 12) from St John’s College in Gauteng and Jean Weight (Grade 12) from Curro Hermanus in the Western Cape.

“South Africa has been taking part in the IMO since 1992, Over the years, learners achieved one gold medal, nine silver medals, 46 bronze medals, and 63 honourable mentions. We are very proud of the team’s achievements this year, and would like to congratulate them on their successes,” said Prof Kerstin Jordaan, the executive director at the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF), who shared details of SA’s success.

 “We would like to congratulate each team member on their achievements and thank them for being mathematics ambassadors for South Africa,” said Celiwe Ross, Human Capital Director at Old Mutual, the main sponsor of the Old Mutual South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMO) programme.

Bopape was part of a six-student team, which represented South Africa at IMO in Britain last year, where he received Honourable Mention.

He has been awarded gold medals twice, at the Pan Africa Mathematics Olympiads which were held in Kenya in 2018 and in Cape Town  in 2019.

China ranked the overall winning country of this year’s IMO, followed by Russia and then the United States of America.

South Africa finished with a ranking of 61st out of 105 participating countries. In previous years South Africa ranked 46th (2019), 62nd (2018), 60th (2017), 58th (2016) and with the highest ranking of 27th in 1992, 1999, and 2000.

Source: Inside Education , September 29, 2020


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