The SANUM meeting came into existence in 1975 when two eminent mathematicians, Lothar Collatz (Hamburg) and Fritz John (New York), happened to visit South Africa at the same time. A number of local researchers used the opportunity to organize a meeting at the (then) University of Natal, at which a total of ten papers were presented. From here the meeting grew in strength, with numerous famous numerical and applied mathematicians passing through. Aside from missing a single year (1996) and on one occasion (1997) being a mere special session of a larger conference, the meeting has been held annually, which makes SANUM major event in the calendar of South African numerical and applied mathematics.
In the very early days of SANUM, the Computer Science Department of the University of Natal also published full-length manuscripts from those authors who were willing to provide them. When that was discontinued, special editions of a journal were twice used for the purpose:
We are also trying to compile a collection of photographs of plenary speakers from past SANUM meetings. You can find these here.