Mind Sports South Africa

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Mind Sports South Africa
Mind Sports South Africa's LOGO.jpg
MSSA Logo
Abbreviation MSSA
Formation 14 December 1985; 31 years ago (1985-12-14)
Type Sports federation
Legal status Association
Purpose Controlling body for various mind sports in South Africa
Headquarters Germiston, South Africa
Membership
53 clubs
Official language
English, Afrikaans
President
Morizane Boyes
Affiliations SASCOC, International e-Sports Federation, International Wargames Federation, FMJD
Volunteers
27
Website http://www.mindsportsa.co.za

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is recognised by Act of Parliament[1] as the national controlling body for mind sports in South Africa.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is also an affiliate of the International eSports Federation, Federation de Jeau du Mondiale, and the International Wargames Federation. Due to its membership of such international bodies, the MSSA is the sole authority for the games that it caters for in terms of the Sport and Recreation Act, number 110 of 1998 (as amended).

History[edit]

Mind Sports South Africa was formally constituted on 14 December 1985. However, it was not until 1990 that the MSSA became a member of NOCSA in 1990, and in 1991 that the MSSA became affiliated to the Confederation of South African Sports Confederation (COSAS).

The MSSA was one of the members that encouraged unity during the apartheid era, and thus voted in favour of the unifying of sport. As a consequence of the actions of the many National Federations, the National Sports Council was formed in 1994 and was immediately accepted as a full member of the newly formed body. Upon dissolution of the NSC in 1999, the MSSA played its part in supporting the formation of the South African Sports Commission in 1999.

Once the South African Sports Commission was formed (by Act of Parliament) the MSSA again was accepted as a full member. Even when the Minister of Sport and Recreation saw the need to ask Parliament to amend the Sports and Recreation Act (number110 of 1998),[2] the official recognition of Mind Sports South Africa remained unchanged as the MSSA became a founding member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).[3]

All the games promoted by Mind Sports South Africa are accredited as national sports. Such accreditation by the Sports and Recreation Act (number110 of 1998),[2] guarantees the MSSA as being the only authority for the administration and control of the games that fall under the MSSA's jurisdiction.

The MSSA changed its name in 2005 from the South African Wargames Union (SAWU) to that of Mind Sports South Africa.

Structure[edit]

Mind Sports South Africa, like other sports federations in South Africa, is constituted as a voluntary association.

The highest authority of the MSSA is the Annual General Meeting which holds all Committees accountable for their actions.

The Executive Committee meets a minimum of twice a year, and requires a full report from the Management Board.

The Management Board deals with the day-to-day operations of the MSSA and overseas the different Boards of Control. Clubs are directly affiliated to the MSSA which ensures that there is greater transparency and inclusion.[4]

History of the emblem[edit]

Back in the early 1990s, the South African Wargames Union (as the MSSA was then known) was invited to participate in the World Team Championships for Wargames. Up until that point the MSSA used the rampant lion as its symbol. However, it was felt by the committee to approach the State Herald to design something specifically for the MSSA that best represented the games as administered by the MSSA. The State Herald Frederick Brownell designed the Janus Knight for the MSSA.

The logo is made up of the following aspects:

The double-headed knight chess piece: The knight chess piece is already an international symbol for army battle school. The symbol represents tactical and strategic thought and training. By making the symbol a double-headed knight, it also incorporates the concepts of considering the opponent's moves and shows the mental versatility of gamers.

The circle: The circle represents the rules to which all the games are played, and the unity of all the games that the MSSA represents.

Disciplines and games under the jurisdiction of the MSSA[edit]

In terms of its Constitution, Mind Sports South Africa caters for a wide variety of Mind Sports in South Africa, such as:

Board gaming

  • Backgammon
  • Draughts (Anglo-American, Pool Checkers and International)
  • Morabaraba (also known as Mlabalaba)
  • Moruba
  • SesothoMorabaraba
  • Speed Stacking

Card gaming

Figure gaming

  • Ancients (3000 BC to 1500 AD)
  • Pike & Shot (1500 AD to 1700 AD)
  • Horse & Musket (1700 to 1845)
  • World War II (1939 to 1945)

eSports

  • Console gaming
  • Mobile gaming
  • PSP gaming
  • Personal computer gaming

Robotics

How games are chosen[edit]

Every year the MSSA holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM)directly after the South African National Championships. It is at such AGM that the games to be played in the eSports Discipline are selected by the member clubs.

eSports titles to be played at 2017 Provincial and National Championships[edit]

Saturday StarCraft II Pro Evolution Soccer HearthStone Tekken Tag Tournament II Ultimate Street Fighter V CounterStrike: GO
Sunday Battlefield 1 FIFA '17 Mortal Kombat X DotA 2 League of Legends VainGlory

eSports titles to be played at 2017 Online School Championships[edit]

CounterStrike: GO DotA 2 FIFA '17 HearthStone League of Legends StarCraft II Tekken Tag Tournament II VainGlory

eSports titles to be played at 2017 School LAN Provincial and National Championships[edit]

Saturday StarCraft II League of Legends HearthStone Tekken Tag Tournament II
Sunday CounterStrike: GO FIFA '17 DotA 2 VainGlory

State awards[edit]

  • In 2002, David Hlophe received the President's Award (Silver Class) from the President, Mr Thabo Mbeki, at the President's residence in Cape Town.[5]
  • In 2003, Rhonnie Manana and Thabo Mokoena were finalists at the South African Sports Awards.
  • In 2007, Berneice Ligault and Amanda Kwaza were also finalists at the South African Sports Awards.
  • in 2013, Simphiwe Maphumulo was the recipient of the Indigenous Sports Star of the Year award at the S A Sports Awards.

Other Awards[edit]

  • In 2005, Colin Webster was a recipient of the Ekuhurleni Outstanding Sports Administrator Award
  • In 2010, Barry Booysen was a recipient of the Ekuhurleni Volunteer of the Year Award[6]
  • In 2013, Morizane Boyes was the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award at the Spar GSport Awards[7]
  • In 2014, Lubabalo Kondlo was a finalist in the Eastern Cape Provincial Sportsman of the Year Awards
  • In 2014, Kyle Wolmarans was a finalist in the Eastern Cape Provincial Media Person of the Year Awards

Management Board Awards[edit]

Year Mind Sports Person of the Year Board Gamer of the Year Computer Gamer of the Year Wargamer of the Year Volunteer of the Year Writer of the Year Sponsor of the Year
2016 Jason Batzofin Lucille Brown Matthew Smith Garth Schoeman Colin Webster Tamzyn Pamplin of MyComLink SterKinekor
2015 Elishia Retief Lubabalo Kondlo Kyle Turnbull Jason Batzofin Morizane Boyes Andrew Rose of My Community MWEB
2014 Morizan Boyes Lubabalo Kondlo Barry West Elishia Retief Louis Brown Kyle Wolmarans MWEB
2013 Simphiwe Maphumulo Simphiwe Maphumulo Lyrene Kuhn Colin Webster Dorian Love Han Ciliiers MWEB
2012 Robert Botha Simphiwe Maphumulo Gabriela Isaacs Eugene Burger Louis Brown Han Cilliers GIGABYTE
2011 Jaco Engelbrecht Lubabalo Kondlo Robert Botha David Vannucci Ryan van den Bergh Alexandra Kayle ASUS
2010 Frans Brewis Simphiwe Maphumulo Nialle Momsen Gregory Laycock Ryan van den Bergh Jaco Diedericks Incredible Connection
2009 Colin Webster Mothusi Moabi Stephen White Edward van Trotsenburg Ryan van den Bergh Muhammed Nagdee Incredible Connection

World champions produced[edit]

Eugene Burger receiving trophy

South Africa has produced the following world champions:

Period Year Name Member Club
Ancients – Senior 2012 Eugene Burger Maritzburg Christian School Wargames Club
2013 Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Club
2014 Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Club
2015 Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Club
Ancients – women 2006 Bernice Ligault Old Edwardian Wargames Club
2007 Bernice Ligault Old Edwardian Wargames Club
2014 Elishia Retief Old Edwardian Wargames Club
2015 Elishia Retief Old Edwardian Wargames Club
Ancients – Junior males 2000 Andre Tonkin Krugersdorp High School
2001 Matthew Strachan Old Edwardian Wargames Club
2002 Benjamin Shulman Old Edwardian Wargames Club
2003 Angelo Stathoussis Peninsula Wargames Group
2004 Angelo Stathoussis Peninsula Wargames Group
2005 Angelo Stathoussis Peninsula Wargames Group
2009 Duane Havenga Pretoria Boys High School
2010 Gregory Laycock Pretoria Boys High School
2012 Gregory Laycock Pretoria Boys High School
2013 Adam Louw Pretoria Boys High School
2014 Jason Batzofin St John's College
2014 Jason Batzofin St John's College
eSports – mobile games 2005 Logan Brooke-Smith Exactmobile
Morabaraba – Senior 1997 Gilbert Magabotse Spoornet Morabaraba Club
1999 Amos Mavuso Spoornet Morabaraba Club
2000 David Hlophe Spoornet Morabaraba Club
2001 David Hlophe Leandra Giant Killers
2002 Simon Skhosana Leandra Giant Killers
2003 Simphiwe Maphumulo Alexandra High School
2007 Moses Rannyadi Impala Plats.
2012 Simphiwe Maphumulo Pietermaritzburg Morabaraba Club
2013 Simphiwe Maphumulo Zola Checkers Club
Morabaraba – Junior 2002 Innocent Khubeka Leandra Giant Killers
2003 Simphiwe Maphumulo Alexandra High School
2005 Teresa Chen Maritzburg Girl's High
2007 Innocent Khubeka Leandra Giant Killers
Pike & Shot – Senior 2002 Edward van Trotsenburg Technikon Witwatersrand
2009 Edward van Trotsenburg Bedfordview Mind Sports Club

Medal winners[edit]

South Africa has produced the following medal winners in international championships:

Period Year Position Event Name Member Club
Ancients – Senior 2015 1st IWF World Championships Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Club
2014 1st IWF World Championships Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Club
2014 2nd IWF World Championships Ewan Retief Old Edwardian Wargames Club
2013 1st IWF World Championships Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Club
2012 1st IWF World Championships Eugene Burger Maritzburg Christian School Wargames Club
2012 3rd IWF World Championships Jason van Wyngaard Old Edwardian Wargames Club
2010 3rd IWF World Championships Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Club
2004 1st IWF African Continental Championships Colin Webster Old Edwardian Wargames Club
2004 2nd IWF African Continental Championships Richard Ligault Old Edwardian Wargames Club
2004 3rd IWF African Continental Championships Ingo Haferung Old Edwardian Wargames Club
2002 2nd IWF World Championships Andre Tonkin Krugersdorp High School
Ancients – females 2015 1st IWF World Championships Elishia Retief Old Edwardian Wargames Club
2014 1st IWF World Championships Elishia Retief Old Edwardian Wargames Club
2007 1st IWF World Championships Bernice Ligault Old Edwardian Wargames Club
2006 1st IWF World Championships Bernice Ligault Old Edwardian Wargames Club
Ancients – Junior 2015 1st IWF World Championships Jason Batzofin St John's College
2014 1st IWF World Championships Jason Batzofin St John's College
2013 1st IWF World Championships Adam Louw Pretoria Boys High School
2012 1st IWF World Championships Gregory Laycock Pretoria Boys High School
2010 1st IWF World Championships Gregory Laycock Pretoria Boys High School
2009 1st IWF World Championships Duane Havenga Pretoria Boys High School
2005 1st IWF World Championships Angelo Stathoussis Peninsula Wargames Group
2004 1st IWF World Championships Angelo Stathoussis Peninsula Wargames Group
2003 1st IWF World Championships Angelo Stathoussis Peninsula Wargames Group
2002 1st IWF World Championships Benjamin Shulman Old Edwardian Wargames Club
2001 1st IWF World Championships Matthew Strachan Old Edwardian Wargames Club
2000 1st IWF World Championships Andre Tonkin Krugersdorp High School
Checkers 2012 2nd SportAccord World Mind Games Lubabalo Kondlo Dr Niederhoffer Memorial Draughts Club
eSports – mobile games 2005 1st World Cyber Games Logan Brooke-Smith Exactmobile
eSports – PC 2011 2nd IeSMoD World Championships Jacobus Engelbrecht Worcester Gaming Club
eSports – PC 2012 2nd IeSF World Championships Gabriela Isaacs SAHETI College
Morabaraba – Senior 1997 1st IWF World Championships Gilbert Magabotse Spoornet Morabaraba Club
1999 1st IWF World Championships Amos Mavuso Spoornet Morabaraba Club
2000 1st IWF World Championships David Hlophe Spoornet Morabaraba Club
2001 1st IWF World Championships David Hlophe Leandra Giant Killers
2002 1st IWF World Championships Simon Skhosana Leandra Giant Killers
2003 1st IWF World Championships Simphiwe Maphumulo Alexandra High School
2007 1st IWF World Championships Moses Rannyadi Impala Plats.
2012 1st IWF World Championships Simphiwe Maphumulo Pietermaritzburg Morabaraba Club
2013 1st IWF World Championships Simphiwe Maphumulo Zola Checkers Club
Morabaraba – Junior 2002 1st IWF World Championships Innocent Khubeka Leandra Giant Killers
2003 1st IWF World Championships Simphiwe Maphumulo Alexandra High School
2005 1st IWF World Championships Teresa Chen Maritzburg Girl's High
2007 1st IWF World Championships Innocent Khubeka Leandra Giant Killers
Pike & Shot – Senior 2002 1st IWF World Championships Edward van Trotsenburg Technikon Witwatersrand
2009 1st IWF World Championships Edward van Trotsenburg Bedfordview Mind Sports Club

World Championships attended[edit]

Year Venue Disciplines
2016 Jakarta –  Indonesia eSports
2015 Seoul –  South Korea eSports
2015 Wales –  Wales Board games
2015 Mbabane –  Swaziland Board games, wargames
2014 Baku –  Azerbaijan eSports
2014 Maseru –  Lesotho Board games, wargames
2013 Bucharest –  Romania eSports
2013 Pretoria –  South Africa Board games, wargames
2012 Cheonan –  South Korea eSports
2012 Durban –  South Africa Board games, wargames
2011 Andong –  South Korea eSports
2011 Wellington –  New Zealand Board games, wargames
2010 New York –  United States eSports
2010 Daegu –  South Korea eSports
2010 Athens –  Greece Board games, wargames
2009 New York –  United States eSports
2009 Taebaek –  South Korea eSports
2009 Washington –  United States Board games, wargames
2009 Busan –  South Korea eSports
2008 Johannesburg –  South Africa eSports
2008 Helsinki –  Finland Board games, wargames
2007 Seattle –  United States eSports
2007 Port Elizabeth –  South Africa Board games, wargames
2006 Taipei –  Taiwan eSports
2006 Melbourne –  Australia Board games, wargames
2005 Seoul –  South Korea eSports
2005 Athens –  Greece Board games, wargames
2004 New Orleans –  United States Board games, wargames
2004 Palapye –  Botswana Board games
2003 Rome –  Italy Board games, wargames
2002 Durban –  South Africa Board games, wargames
2001 Epsom –  United Kingdom Board games, wargames
2000 Epsom –  United Kingdom Board games, wargames
1999 Cape Town –  South Africa Board games, wargames
1997 Johannesburg –  South Africa Board games, wargames
1991 to 1996 Derby –  United Kingdom Wargames

Official Ranking after IeSF World Championships[edit]

Year Venue Position
2016 Jakarta –  Indonesia 14th
2015 Seoul –  South Korea 12th
2014 Baku –  Azerbaijan 13th
2013 Bucharest –  Romania 10th
2012 Cheonan –  South Korea 18th
2011 Andong –  South Korea 13th

Official eSports Tri-Nation Test matches[edit]

The following online events were held by member associations and under the jurisdiction of the IeSF:

Year Date Countries Title played Result
2013 12 October 2013  Denmark,  Israel,  South Africa League of Legends 4, 2, 0

Official Test matches[edit]

The following Test matches were held by member associations and under the jurisdiction of the IeSF:

Year Date Countries Title played Result Year Date Countries Title played Result
2016 9 October 2016  Egypt,  South Africa HearthStone 1-1 2016 6 February 2016  Ghana,  South Africa[8] FIFA'16 5–1
2015 4 December 2015  Finland,  South Africa StarCraft II: LotV 2–0 2015 14 November 2015  Israel,  South Africa[9] League of Legends 2–0
2015 14 August 2015  Algeria,  South Africa CounterStrike: GO 1–0 2015 14 August 2015  Libya,  South Africa CounterStrike: GO 1–0
2015 13 August 2015  Tunisia,  South Africa CounterStrike: GO 1–0 2015 13 August 2015  Egypt,  South Africa CounterStrike: GO 1–0
2015 11 July 2015  Austria,  South Africa FIFA '15 6–0 2015 27 March 2015  South Africa,  Zimbabwe FIFA '15 2–0
2014 25 October 2014  Namibia,  South Africa Dota 2 0–2 2014 4 October 2014  Finland,  South Africa StarCraft II 2–0
2014 4 October 2014  Finland,  South Africa DotA 2 2–0 2014 8 August 2014  Egypt,  South Africa DotA 2 2–0
2013 8 September 2013  Mexico,  South Africa DotA 2 0–1 2013 31 July 2013  Romania,  South Africa DotA 2 1–0
2013 31 March 2013  Romania,  South Africa StarCraft II 2–0
2010 8 December 2010  Namibia,  South Africa FIFA '10 0–2 2010 8 December 2010  Namibia,  South Africa Call of Duty 4 0–1
2010 16 April  Greece,  South Africa Ancients 60–68 2008 6 December 2008  Sweden,  South Africa DotA 2–0
2006 14 April 2006  Greece,  South Africa Ancients 46–80 2006 13 April 2006  Finland,  South Africa Ancients 24–102
2005 22 April 2005  Australia,  South Africa Ancients 64–62 2005 21 April 2005  United Kingdom,  South Africa Ancients 80–46
2003 10 March 2003  United Kingdom,  South Africa Ancients 100–26 2003 6 March 2003  United States,  South Africa Ancients 92–34
2002 19 February 2002  United Kingdom,  South Africa Ancients 68–58 2001 6 April 2001  United States,  South Africa Ancients 46–80
2001 5 April 2001  Italy,  South Africa Ancients 1–95 2001 5 April 2001  United Kingdom,  South Africa Ancients 112–14
2000 8 April 2000  United Kingdom,  South Africa Ancients 85–41 1999 30 September 1999  United Kingdom,  South Africa Ancients 84–42
1998 15 October 1998  United Kingdom,  South Africa Ancients 77–49 1996 2 October 1996  England,  South Africa Ancients 1085–385
1994 28 September 1994  England,  South Africa Ancients 768–2375 1994 29 September 1994  United Kingdom,  South Africa Ancients 440–1565

Committee members[edit]

MSSA has had the following committee members for the period 2005 to present:

Year President 1st VP 2nd VP 3rd VP 4th VP General Secretary Board Games Rep Card Games Rep eSports Rep Wargames Rep Women's Desk Athlete's Rep National Schools Director Differently Abled Rep Legal Rep
2017 Morizane Boyes James Evans Jessie Joubert Adele Janse van Rensburg Sheraaz Nunnian Colin Webster Joseph Matlhong Paula Loftus Ryan Boyes Sean Barry Blair Hamberger Jason Batzofin Stephanie Craig Twane Tollemache Carl Holliday
Year President 1st VP 2nd VP 3rd VP General Secretary Board Games Rep eSports Rep Wargames Rep Women's Desk Athlete's Rep National Schools Director Differently Abled Rep Legal Rep
2016 Simphiwe Maphumulo Leonard Loftus Sheraaz Nunnian James Evans Colin Webster vacant Ryan Boyes Sean Barry Morizane Boyes Jason Batzofin vacant vacant Carl Holliday
2015 Simphiwe Maphumulo Garth Schoeman Ewan Retief James Evans Colin Webster vacant Ryan Boyes Donald Mullany Morizane Boyes vacant vacant vacant Carl Holliday
2014 Simphiwe Maphumulo Garth Schoeman Ewan Retief vacant Colin Webster vacant Ryan Boyes Donald Mullany Morizane Boyes Vacant Elize Crouse vacant Carl Holliday
2013 Colin Webster Garth Schoeman Ewan Retief Motsotsi Thipe vacant Gavin Penkin David Webster Donald Mullany vacant Vacant Dorian Love vacant Carl Holliday
2012 Colin Webster Garth Schoeman Dr David Vannucci Motsotsi Thipe vacant Gavin Penkin David Webster Donald Mullany vacant Vacant Dorian Love vacant Carl Holliday
2011 Colin Webster Garth Schoeman Dr David Vannucci Motsotsi Thipe vacant Gavin Penkin Dr Ryan van den Bergh Donald Mullany vacant Vacant Vacant vacant Carl Holliday
2010 Colin Webster Garth Schoeman Dr David Vannucci vacant vacant Gavin Penkin Dr Ryan van den Bergh Donald Mullany vacant Jonathan Newman vacant vacant Carl Holliday
2009 Colin Webster Garth Schoeman Lloyd Clark vacant vacant Gavin Penkin Dr Ryan van den Bergh Bobby Stathoussis vacant Vacant Vacant vacant Carl Holliday
2008 Colin Webster Garth Schoeman Lloyd Clark vacant Richard Ligault vacant Johann von Backström Bobby Stathoussis Ledile Tshwane Amanda Kwaza Vacant vacant Carl Holliday
2007 Colin Webster Garth Schoeman Lloyd Clark Thembile Nqezo Richard Ligault Rhonnie Manana Johann von Backström Bobby Stathoussis Ledile Tshwane Amanda Kwaza Vacant vacant Carl Holliday
2006 Colin Webster Garth Schoeman Richard Gordon Thembile Nqezo Richard Ligault Rhonnie Manana Johann von Backström Kyle Banger Ledile Tshwane Amanda Kwaza Vacant vacant Carl Holliday
2005 Colin Webster Garth Schoeman Richard Gordon Thembile Nqezo Richard Ligault Rhonnie Manana Rob Stevens Kyle Banger Ruth Davey Vacant Vacant vacant Carl Holliday

South Africans who have served on international committees[edit]

The following South Africans have served on international committees:

Year Name Position Body
2016 - Jason Batzofin Athlete's Commission International e-Sports Federation (IeSF)
2013 - Colin Webster Management Board International e-Sports Federation (IeSF)
2008 - 2011 Dr David Vannucci Vice-President (Africa) International Wargames Federation (IWF)

Affiliations to international federations[edit]

Mind Sport South Africa is affiliated to the following international federations:

References[edit]

External links[edit]