Young geniuses: 2 Pupils to represent SA in Russia for maths Olympiad

Young geniuses: 2 Pupils to represent SA in Russia for maths Olympiad

- Six South African pupils are on their way to Russia next month for the 61st International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

- Amongst the learners are two 17-year-old Grade 12 pupils from Gauteng, Kgaogelo Bopape and Andi Qu

- South Africans are inspired by the young men who have mastered one of the most difficult subjects

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Two Gauteng pupils are amongst the six learners who will represent South Africa in the International Mathemetical Olympiad (IMO) next month.

Kgaogelo Bopape, who is a learner at the Horizon International School, and St John's Collegen matric pupil Andi Qu have been been chosen to represent the country in the maths Olympiad, which is being held in Russia in October.

Bopape told the SA Maths Foundation (SAMF) how he is preparing for IMO:

"It is a continuous effort throughout high school. Finding new insights and perspectives on Math Olympiad problems and continuous growth by trying intriguing new problems which push my mathematical and creative abilities to their limit."
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Young geniuses: 2 Pupils to represent SA in Russia for maths Olympiad

Kgaogelo Bopape and Andi Qu are heading to Russia for the maths Olympiad. Photo: Mathematics Foundation, St John’s College.
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The 17-year-old added that while many would describe maths as being difficult or complicated, he is drawn to the abstract equations.

"Rather, how it is used to gain new fascinating insights and ideas about the world around us. It is also how one can tackle highly challenging problems by applying ideas from seemingly unrelated concepts and unravelling how all these ideas link together. Lastly, it is the sudden jolt of adrenaline that comes after solving a problem that one has been morbidly staring at for days," he explained.

Bopape is currently in matric and he hopes to study Mathematics at the University of Waterloo when he finished high school.

St John's College took to its official social media page to praise Qu for his achievement.

The post was captioned:

South Africans were inspired by the young men and they applauded them on social media.

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Kefuwe Sekomporoti commented:

"Good news for a change... good luck."

Musky Musmo Phasha added:

"Bring it home."

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