"Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone's hand is the beginning of a journey. At other times, it is allowing another to take yours." - Vera Nazarian

Student Behind the Books


The MathOR Programme seeks to enable and inspire learners to take ownership for a successful future in a mathematics or science career. It is intended as an acceleration math programme for strong academic learners from a financially disadvantaged background by providing professional mathematics tutoring for high potential Grade 8 - 12  learners to supplement their mathematics education received at school. The aim is to increase university readiness by developing a deeper understanding of the prescribed Grade 8 - 12 mathematics syllabus, as well as by giving exposure to advanced topics covered at university level, and to increase the number of high performing students from a disadvantaged background registering for a BCom/BSc (Mathematical Sciences) degree. ​Upon successful completion of the programme in Grade 12, learners will have the opportunity to apply for a Surgor bursary to enrol for a BCom/BSc (Mathematical Sciences) degree with focus area in Operations Research.  Read more...

Black Chess Pieces


Creativity is a key driver of dynamic societies. People tend to associate creativity with the arts, but it is also at the core of scientific and technological endeavour. Creativity is boosted by informal, relaxed environments, where healthy relationships and cohesion are present.

A well-known vessel to establish open and informal relations between people is social games. Every now and again, we host a Table Top Friday! sponsored by Zuriukoo Games where departmental staff and postgraduate students take a break over lunch time and play. Leaving your desk gives your brain time to develop your ideas, subconsciously tapping from the new experience or task to help the ideas combine and reform in interesting and unusual ways.

"Play is the highest form of research" - so let the games begin!