Friday, 24 November 2017

Hudson Park Primary School is accepted into membership.







Hudson Park Primary is a co-educational school with a rich tradition, yet a future-focused and holistic approach to education incorporating the four main pillars of education. The pillars are the Academic, Physical, Cultural, and Pastoral pillars.

It is always satisfying to have a school steeped in history and tradition embrace the new digital age in an effort to ensure that their learners are ready and prepared for what lies in store.

One can only commend such schools for their foresight and conviction.

Thus MSSA is proud to welcome Hudson Park Primary School into membership.

The addition of Hudson Park Primary School further increases the number of schools affiliated and will enhance all aspects of gaming in South Africa.


The expansion of esports into primary schools sees the growing acceptance of esports as a sport among parents, educators and governing bodies. MSSA is confident that the school will have a long and fruitful association with MSSA and will further help to grow the various mind sports disciplines.

MSSA welcomes Lumiére Primary School into membership.

Already this week, MSSA has processed two school club applications.

At a time of the year when most organisations are thinking of year-end functions, the work keeps on rolling in for MSSA.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is without doubt the largest membership based organisation for gaming in South Africa and just continues to grow.

MSSA is proud to welcome Lumiére Primary School into membership.

The addition of Lumiére Primary School further increases the number of schools affiliated and will enhance all aspects of gaming in South Africa.


The expansion of esports into primary schools sees the growing acceptance of esports as a sport among parents, educators and governing bodies. MSSA is confident that the school will have a long and fruitful association with MSSA and will further help to grow the various mind sports disciplines.



'Tis the season to ... transfer!

It is only through being a  member of an affiliated club, that a player may earn a spot in the National Protea Team.
In order to transfer from one club to another, a Registered Player needs to settle all of his debts with his current club, and apply to such club to leave.

MSSA, only allows this, unless in exceptional circumstances, to happen in the period 1 November to 28 February.

The reasons for only having one transfer period is to:

  • Create stability in in both clubs and teams

    In the past, gamers were known to 'clan hop'. While this at the time may have rewarded certain players with immediate gratification (in sponsorships, prize-money, etc.) it did  nothing to allow a club to fully develop the gamer. If a club is not sure about the length of time that a gamer will be a member of the club, the club is more likely to abuse the gamer's skills and not further develop the gamer. So it has been in the past where MSSA has seen some gamers move from one club to another as soon as the club offered the gamer that little bit more.

    Teams that also stick together, learn how to deal with each other as a group, deal with problems, and work better as a team.
  • Rationalise membership

    In terms of  MSSA's Constitution and Regulations, a Registered Player may only represent one club. The club that the Registered Player may represent is the first club that the Registered Player joined in the season. Such club is  then known as the 'first claim' club and only such club  may enter  the person into championships or count his/her membership for voting rights.

    Thus, MSSA's records apropos membership do not  show 'double-dipping' as a Registered Player may only be shown as a member of only one club and are  quite accurate.
  • Ensure sustainability of clubs

    The strength of any  association remains  its members. Since it is the clubs that are the members of MSSA, it is vital that MSSA protects and  develops the clubs themselves. By regulating the movement of players, clubs are better able to budget and plan for how they want to develop themselves.
Thus the transfer 'window' is now open. If you as a player want to transfer your allegiance from one club to another, do it before 28 February 2018...

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Fakkel offers accommodation for MSSA's SA National Championships.

Accommodation offered by Fakkel School for MSSA's SA National Championships.
MSSA's South African National Championships (SAN) shall be hosted by Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburgon 2 & 3 December 2017.

The school has also kindly made its hostels available to participants at very reasonable rates. Please see the above photo.

All gamers are reminded that MSSA's 
South African National Championships are an open championship. In other words any registered player is entitled to enter the championship – no matter where they live, or their category of membership.

You may contact MSSA at mindsportssa@gmail.com


Details are as follows:
  • Board gaming: https://esportscommentator.blogspot.co.za/2017/11/south-african-national-board-gaming.html
  • Esports: https://esportscommentator.blogspot.co.za/2017/11/south-african-national-lan.html
  • Wargaming: https://esportscommentator.blogspot.co.za/2017/11/south-african-national-wargames.html

Leeuwspruit Primary School – Leeuwspruit Gamers Club accepted into membership.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is without doubt the largest membership based organisation for gaming in South Africa.
MSSA is proud to welcome Leeuwspruit Primary School – (Leeuwspruit Gamers Club) into membership.
The addition of Leeuwspruit Primary School – (Leeuwspruit Gamers Club) further increases the number of schools affiliated and will enhance all aspects of gaming in South Africa.
The expansion of esports into primary schools sees the growing acceptance of esports as a sport among parents, educators and governing bodies. MSSA is confident that the school will have a long and fruitful association with MSSA and will further help to grow the various mind sports disciplines.

MSSA welcomes North Primary School (North School Gaming Club) into membership.

Second to none.
MSSA is proud to welcome North Primary School (North School Gaming Club) into membership.
The addition of North Primary School (North School Gaming Club) further increases the number of schools affiliated and will enhance all aspects of gaming in South Africa.
The expansion of esports into primary schools sees the growing acceptance of esports as a sport among parents, educators and governing bodies. MSSA is confident that the school will have a long and fruitful association with MSSA and will further help to grow the various mind sports disciplines.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Players who have represented South Africa in the Protea Team for three or more years.

MSSA's 2017 BOO! Protea League of Legends Esports Team in action in Busan.
At this time of the year while going through the administrative side of getting everything ready for the Annual General Meeting to be  held on 3 December 2017, it is always interesting to look at the records.

From the inception of Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) in 1985, 243 players have been awarded Protea Colours for the various disciplines and periods falling under MSSA's jurisdiction.

MSSA always seeks to have continuity in its Protea teams, but due to the very nature, that is not always possible. Things change, work gets in the way, and there are always a number of new gamers yapping on the heels of the older gamers.

The competitiveness needed to get into the teams has ensured  that South Africa has always punched well above its weight. As a result of such competitiveness, South Africa  has produced no less than 22 world champions.


All such champions have done South Africa proud, and MSSA is determined to create even more.

However, only 18 players have ever represented South Africa for three or more years.

Of such players, there is only one female who has so represented South Africa for three or more years. That gamer is Bernice Bőhm who also was a three times world champion.


One can only hope that current and future gamers will aspire to reach such dizzy and lofty heights.

The full list of the 18 players have ever represented South Africa in a Protea team for three or more years is as follows:


Name of player Club/Team Caps
Anderson, Nathan Knights Mind Sports 15
Batzofin, Jason St John's College 10
Bőhm, Bernice Old Edwardian Wargames Club 15
Botha, Robert Polarfluke 14
Boyes, Ryan BNKR Gaming 5
Hlophe, David Leandra Giant Killers 21
Hoyle, Kevin Old Edwardian Wargames Club 15
Ligault, Richard Old Edwardian Wargames Club 21
Manana, Rhonnie University of Johannesburg 15
Maphumelo, Simphiwe Zola Checkers Club 28
Mqoshekile, Petrus DMC ACE Morabaraba 21
Rabiner, Evgenii Old Edwardian Wargames Club 20
Skhosana, Simon Leandra Giant Killers 21
Strachan, Matthew Old Edwardian Wargames Club 15
van Trotsenburg, Edward Bedfordview Mind Sports Club 35
Vannucci, David University of Witwatersrand 20
Webster, Colin Old Edwardian Wargames Club 97
Webster, David Old Edwardian Wargames Club 36