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Best programmers in Africa


South Africans are the top programmers in Africa, it’s official.

South African students recently finished ahead of Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia in an international computer programming contest, the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Tehran, Iran.

South Africa was also the only African team to bring home medals from the IOI. Three UCT students won bronze medals at the IOI contest held on Saturday 5 ­August. Their win has put South Africa on the map as a centre of computer programming excellence in Africa.

David Broodryk, Yaseen Mowzer and Bronson Rudner say the competition was tough and they put a lot of effort into it.

Mowzer says: “The questions were tougher than those of previous years. It was a little disheartening to sit a five-hour contest and score what seemed like so few points, so slowly. However, after the contest, we realised that we performed well relative to the other contestants.”

Rudner adds: “I felt extremely honoured to take part in the IOI in Tehran. Iran was a wonderful host and while the questions proved tougher this year, I feel the team persevered and achieved remarkable results, and I am proud to have been awarded a bronze medal for South Africa.”

The manager of the South Africa Computer Olympiad, Michael Cameron, has commended the voluntary leadership of UCT Science undergraduate student Robin Visser for his work in training the team. He says Visser put together the training, the contests and the evaluation system.