Mind Sports South Africa's (MSSA) blog on competitive gaming in South Africa from proto-computer gaming all the way through to the most modern. For more about MSSA go to: https://www.facebook.com/mindsportssa/
According to their web-page, PEPPSPreparatory School and College stands for the Project for the
Establishment of Primary and Pre-Primary Schools. PEPPS was founded
by Patrick Hamilton, previously the Headmaster of WHPS Preparatory
School in Pretoria. The original vision of PEPPS was to establish
multi-racial, affordable, private schools which offered quality
education. In 1990 parents from the then Pietersburg, having heard of
the Project which had already established schools in Edenvale and
Atteridgeville, approached Patrick Hamilton to open a PEPPS in town.
PEPPS Polokwane was established in 1991 in a house in Koppiefontein.
In 1992 the school moved to its present site in Myngenoegen; 9
hectares of naturally beautiful ground with over one hundred
indigenous trees. In 1994 growing demand lead to the extension
of the Preparatory School to Grade 9 and in 1996 the school was
further extended to Grade 12.
However, the affiliation of PEPPS means that there are now four member clubs in Polokwane.
This is a huge improvement over 2016 where there was not a single club in the Limpopo Province.
Such affiliation also indicates the changing attitudes towards esports, for even though esports was accepted as a sport in 2005 in South Africa (through MSSA's efforts), huge barriers still had to be overcome as some parents and school governing bodies remained cautious of this new sport.
It is thanks to the progressive schools that are now members that esports has turned the corner and, in my opinion, that the next steps can be taken in getting esports into the Olympics. MSSA wishes PEPPSPreparatory School and College a long and fruitful association.