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17-Year-Old South African Teen Becomes The First African To Win A Bronze Medal At Maths Olympiad


Kgaogelo Bopape has flown South Africa’s flag high. The Grade 12 pupil, who hails from Soweto, managed to obtain an amazing achievement. The 17-year-old Horizon International School pupil walked away with a bronze medal at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).

The Olympiad was set to be hosted in Russia this year but because of the pandemic, young maths geniuses from around the world took part in it virtually.


Bopape not only managed to get a medal, but he also made history. The young maths whizz became the first African to ever get a bronze medal at the IMO.

Taking to Facebook, Horizon International School gushed about Bopape’s amazing achievement.

The post read:

“Well done to our very own Kgaugelo Bopape on being the first African learner to receive a bronze medal at the 61st International Mathematical Olympiad held in Russia. Thank you for making Horizon High School proud and South Africa.” 

Khensani Matsimbi commented:

“Congratulations Mr Bopape, you are a true inspiration to the country and other children, may God bless you more.”

Yolandi Costa wrote:

“So proud! Super congratulations Kgaugelo! High five to Mr Akinci and the maths department.”

Tlhaki Mohlaudi said:

“Well done Mr Bopape, I am so proud of you.”


Written by PH

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